LaVice & Company

LaVice & Company’s “Thoughs Were The Days” [sic] is part novelty, part sermon, and part Parliament/Funkadelic. Sponsored by one of Detroit’s largest churches, Bethel A.M.E., Two Sisters From Baghdad was a product of LaVice Hendricks and brother-in-law Ernest Garrison’s amateur theater group. Performed in the church basement in the early 1970s, the musical drew inspiration from biblical angels and demons tales, ending with the heavenly coup of a demon’s conversion. It’s hard to ignore the song’s powerful imagery of Hell as a “swinging place,” even harder to ignore Calvin Floyd proto-rapping over rapid-fire congas.

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