Kapusta Kristmas

Kooper's bloopers

Link: What little info there is on this ambitious mystery man is here: http://www.timharrod.com/jhhome.html. Make sure you click part two of the link immediately after part one. Trust us. Also, a New York funk collective by the name of Prophet Omega (see below) has adapted the J&H cassette into song here: http://www.prophetomega.net/music.html.

Artist: Prophet Omega

Backstory: The "founder and overseer" of the Peaceway Temple in Nashville, Tennessee, Prophet Omega was the singularly soulful old-school preacher who inspired the group above to take his name, and their remix of his "I Am What I Am" sermonette found its way onto the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy series soundtrack. But that's just the beginning — the Alpha for this Omega. In addition, Adrian Belew made a prog-rock remake of "I Am What I Am," and both the Charlie Hunter album Right Now Move and the Jay Bennett song "Courtesy Move" take their names from the Prophet's one-minute radio spot for the Shipp Moving Co. Hunter also borrowed another Omega-ism — Friends Seen and Unseen — for another of his album titles, and that title is shared with an award-winning half-hour documentary wherein a bevy of musicians including Marty Stuart and Belew discuss their love of the Prophet.

Barry's dreaming of a White Christmas.
Barry's dreaming of a White Christmas.

Excerpt: "I am what I am, and that's all that I am, and I am it."

Link: The "I Am What I Am" sermon and the Shipp Moving Co. ad, plus his ad for the J&B Boutique, are all at http://bedazzled.blogs.com/bedazzled/2005/10/the_prophet_ome.html. (Here you will also find a couple more gems from the Kooper tapes space won't allow us to discuss here — the "One Good Turn Deserves Another" one is especially hilarious.) There is yet another remix of the sermon here — http://www.paleomusic.com/receive.htm — this one an Asian-Western fusion. Info on the documentary is here: http://www.genuinehuman.com/ friends_seen_and_unseen.html. And, as the Prophet would say, "So much for that." For several years back in the 1980s and '90s, rock 'n' roll keyboard legend Al Kooper had a cool Yuletide custom. Kooper was (and is) an avid collector of prank calls, celebrity bloopers, weird songs, hilarious answering machine messages, and studio banter, and each December, he would press up a few of the best of them on vinyl and send the albums to the lucky few dozen people on his Xmas list.

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