This article originally appeared on The Basis Point: Friday Funk: Keeping You Alive

The Fast & Furious movies have supercharged global box offices for 2 decades, and Fast 9 is fueling the legacy as we enter this post-pandemic long weekend. Big stars, more action and cool music. No wonder we all love it. So tonight’s 107th episode of Friday Funk is influenced by Fast.

Before Fast 9, we had Hobbs & Shaw in which Jason Statham and The Rock, the star franchise’s brightest stars, bowed to each other throughout. The best part was when Statham created fake identities so they could travel secretly. Of course he was “Franz Gruber”, a freelance architect, passionate mountaineer and part-time ski instructor. And he created The Rock as “Mike Oxmaul,” which is hilarious when see the scene unfold.

The song before this scene is called Keep You Alive by Brothers Voodoo, a band that I can’t find any information about. So while Friday Funk will normally provide in-depth information on the deep cuts, that won’t happen in tonight’s episode. There is no trace of these cats, but their song Keep You Alive does indeed accomplish our goals, which are as follows:

For years, I’ve chosen songs from Friday Funk to help us regain our composure for the weekend, and there are two parameters: (1) the song has to be legitimate funk which by definition makes it cool, and (2) it must have a cool name. The name parameter is so that I can link it to the themes of the day.

I had Keep You Alive on the list since early 2020, but when the pandemic got acute, its title and theme seemed inappropriate. So I held it the whole time.

In fact, I’ve held every Friday Funk job since installment 106 on January 3, 2020. Likewise, it seemed inappropriate to hunt for cool when so many people were sick and dying.

But as America emerges from a deep challenge and we celebrate our Eternal Spirit this Independence Weekend, I dedicate Keep You Alive to all of you.

The song is below. Enjoy. And stay tuned as Friday Funk and all the other noise makers at The Basis Point get ready again. Lots of exciting things to come.

Shout out to all the coolhunters who have been on Friday Funk all along. Please comment below if you have any knowledge of Brothers Voodoo!

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