Jesse Johnson’s birthday was Sunday, so this is a little bit of a belated birthday tribute. “Be Your Man,” from Jesse Johnson’s 1985 debut solo album Jesse Johnson’s Revue, is quintessential Minneapolis jheri curl funk: the pounding drum machine beat, heavy bassline, glossy synth “horns” (which he calls out in a James Brown-esque band leader style), and of course, the tiny funky guitar noodling.
The video showcases Jesse as basically the dark-skinned, pink version of Prince. Plus, together the members of Jesse Johnson’s group exhibit six variations of jheri curl shapes:
Check back tomorrow for another song, and remember to follow along with the Jheri Curl June Spotify playlist (after the jump).