Grupo Fantasma: Five-Minute Pledge Drive

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  • Song: "Gimme Some"
  • Artist: Grupo Fantasma
  • CD: Sonidos Gold
  • Genre: Latin Rock
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Grupo Fantasma's "Gimme Some" pleads for more money in the post-gig pitcher as it travels around the bar. Crawford Morgan hide caption

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Grupo Fantasma may have won a passel of Univision Music Awards and been the talk of its Austin hometown, but "Gimme Some" reminds listeners that good press and industry accolades don't pay the phone bill, keep the water running or fill the refrigerator. A rollicking five-minute pledge drive, "Gimme Some" pleads for more money in the post-gig pitcher as it travels around the bar.

Starting with some wondrously plump, boisterous notes on the baritone sax, the band kicks in behind it with sinuous guitar, a sharp horn arrangement and a crackling Latin funk groove; the result resembles a summit between the Godfather of Soul and Santana circa its first album. With a cheerfully mercenary chorus that echoes the latter's "Evil Ways," the group chants, "It's time to pay up / We're tired of working, of working so hard / Give us some money / Whatever you got." Then it's into another fiery break with Maceo Parker, one of the linchpins of the James Brown sound, taking the lead.

In case the message remains unclear, the band returns with a joyful shout of, "Ain't got no money / Gimme some!" More of that fat, sassy baritone leads into a crazy rave-up that could start a spontaneous street party far better than those scripted hoedowns in the movies. Who wouldn't pay to see that?

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