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KERA Commentary: Erykah Badu: Honey and Vinyl

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Dallas-based singer's latest video speaks to the enduring popularity of vinyl records. Read the full description.

Default-piece-image-0 David Okamoto, a previous contributor to Rolling Stone and ICE magazines, praises Dallas-based r&b singer Erykah Badu's new video for her single "Honey" as a clever send-up of popular 70s and 80s era album covers. However, he also notes how the video speaks to how vinyl records have survived amid the dominance of compact discs.

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David Okamoto, a previous contributor to Rolling Stone and ICE magazines, praises Dallas-based r&b singer Erykah Badu's new video for her single "Honey" as a clever send-up of popular 70s and 80s era album covers. However, he also notes how the video speaks to how vinyl records have survived amid the dominance of compact discs.

Broadcast History

"Erykah Badu: Honey and Vinyl" aired March 7, 2008 during "Morning Edition" on KERA 90.1 FM.

Transcript

In Erykah Badu?s dazzling music video for "Honey", the first single from "New AmErykah, Part One", the Dallas-based singer is seen weaving through the aisles of a record store, methodically rifling through the bins. As she pulls out an album, the covers come to life in fun, faithful recreations that feature Badu spoofing a variety of iconic poses: the seductive drizzle of amber liquid from the Ohio Players' "Honey"; the confrontational androgyny of Grace Jones' "Nightclubbing"; the screaming disembodied head from Funkadelic's "Maggot Brain"; and the cash-flashing cool of Erik B. and Rakim's "Paid in Full", to name but a few.

Directed by Chris Robinson, best known for his work with Monica, Alicia Keys and Joss Stone, "Honey" serves as both an imaginative homage to Badu's 70s R&B and 80s hip-hop heroes and, more importantly,...
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Timing and Cues

The latest video from Dallas-based singer Erykah Badu is a trip down memory lane for 70s and 80s music lovers, but commentator David Okamoto says the video also speaks in a way to the present.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Honey Erykah Badu New AmErykah, Part One. 2008 :13
Letterman Vampire Weekend 2008 :16
Tears of My Tracks Billy Bragg :16

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