Isaac Hayes – Shaft (1971)
Day Five: Shaft
Why youtube can be fantastic:
Newsradio is among my favourite sitcoms.
In the first season, there was an episode where the news director (Dave Foley) was asked by his boss (Stephen Root) to give one person a $3,000 bonus, most of the staff a $400 bonus, and one unlucky employee a bonus of $0. That dreaded $0 bonus was better known as the Shaft.
There’s a fun bit at the 11 minute mark where Phil Hartman and Joe Rogan’s characters begin quoting the theme from Shaft, much to the chagrin of Andy Dick’s reporter character (and typical shaft recipient) Matthew.
Thank you Tubes of You!
Why youtube can be frustrating:
I couldn’t find a physical copy of the Shaft soundtrack and so I once again turned to the world wide web.
Take a look at this version I found:
The ads were excessive and curiously placed (TD Bank really seemed to think that Shaft soundtrack streamers are a key demographic). Without exaggerating, the adverts were about 10x the volume of the instrumental pieces that led into the commercial breaks, making it a free, but far from ideal listening experience.
I did not dig it.
Why libraries are amazing:
My local library system came through with the Shaft DVD. And it was great!
Really enjoyed the film and the songs & score make much more sense in the context of the movie. The Isaac Hayes music enhanced the Shaft experience, helping to establish the early-70s setting in some not-so-tourist-friendly parts of NYC.
As for the title character, he may be a complicated man but I certainly understand Shaft’s appeal.
If I see the Shaft soundtrack, I may or may not invest in a physical copy.
But am I likely to borrow the movie again from my wonderful local library?