A clip from a BBC 4 show, Soul Britannia
Cool Fire Water
SOUL BRITANNIA ALLSTARS, BBC FOUR FRIDAY 6 APRIL 11PM
Soul Britannia Allstars is a unique project featuring the cream of British soul & funk musicians and vocalists.
Celebrating the unique and often overlooked British scene of the 70s, this session brings together some of the founder members of this seminal scene including vocalists Linda Lewis, Carol Grimes, Average White Bands’s Hamish Stuart, and FBI’s Root Jackson.
Plus, there’s a cracking band featuring members of groundbreaking groups like Cymande and Gonzalez.
Cool Fire Water ©
Jesse’s drinking and talking wild again
beating out her life in dim lit bars and then –
She’s walking home alone to sleep gin dreams in vain
who’s gonna hold her in the morning
oh but then its sweet at night withy drink and company
a pack of cigarettes and money for a round or two
Give me that cool fire water –
I don’t wanna be alone pour me another one
Cool fire water in you i feel at home
Have you ever told a stranger with warm eyes and time to spare
the deepest secrets of your soul?
On her island of a table a bottle and two stools
Jesse’s feeling safety for an hour or two
embraced in bar room smoke low lights and drinking talk
Don’t think about those cold morning grey urban blues
Cool fire water
C.D Brothers On The Slide.
‘It’s a familiar scenario: an R&B scene, dominated by the commercial and creative clout of America, in which British acts struggle to find a place and a distinctive voice. Brothers On The Slide: The Story Of UK Funk (Sanctuary)*** harks back thirty years, and the parallels are unmissable. There are those who, at least briefly, match the Americans at their own game (Cymande, The Equals); those whose mimicry reveals their limitations (Jabba, Kokoma); and yet others who by accident or design come up with something identifiably their own (Carol Grimes, Linda Lewis)’.