Radio

Sundays 8pm to 11pm on Radio 2

New Episodes at CBC Music

New Episodes at CBC Music

Need more Strombo Show? Head over to our page on CBC Music for new episodes, playlists and video extras.

CBC Music Past Shows

 

 

Music
NOD TO THE GODS: Sly And The Family Stone, ‘Remember Who You Are’
November 24, 2013
submit to reddit

Each and every Sunday night when the clock hits eight, The Strombo Show celebrates the spirit of radio over on CBC Radio 2. It's music for music lovers by music lovers. To kick off the program, we always tip our hats to the legends, the noise-makers and the ground-breakers in a segment that we like to call: Nod to the Gods.

Sly and the Family Stone released their ninth studio album Back on the Right Track in hopes of, well, getting on the right track and staging a comeback. At this point, the group had mostly dissolved due to various addictions and personal issues, although some of the original Family Stone members, including Cynthia Robinson, Pat Rizzo, Freddie Stone and Rose Stone, were able to come together on this record. Shortly after, everyone went their separate ways, with Freddie Stone retiring from the music industry and eventually becoming the pastor of the Evangelist Temple Fellowship Center in Vallejo, California. Sly Stone himself withdrew into rehab in the mid-1980s, at the suggestion of his friend Bobby Womack.

Despite its aspirations, Back on the Right Track was neither a critical nor commercial success — perhaps in part because Sly didn't produce the album, which had previously been the norm for the band. Whatever the case, time has been kind to this track at least.

"Remember Who You Are" has been sampled by plenty of hip-hop acts, including A Tribe Called Quest on "After Hours," off their debut record People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm:

In 2006, a tribute for Sly and the Family Stone took place at the Grammy Awards, featuring a surprise reunion performance from the original lineup. It was an eclectic bill, which included Dave Chappelle, Nile Rodgers, John Legend, Joss Stone, Maroon 5, Ciara, Aerosmith and Robert Randolph.

During the ensemble rendition of "I Want To Take You Higher," the Family Stone took the stage with Sly sporting a blonde mohawk and metallic suit — although he only last a couple of minutes before walking off the stage:

For further musical musings, new and old, join the collective for The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2, every Sunday night at 8PM. And if you'd like to catch up or relisten, all of the episodes are archived on our Radio page.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.