Rufus Featuring Chaka Kahn – Rufusized (1974)

A deft combo of pop, funk and rock to satisfy even the most critical of Heart FM’s Saturday night Club Classics listeners.

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Published in: on November 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. Methinks your praise for this album is a tad lukewarm? Actually I doubt that the average Heart listenr would actually get their brilliance – or is that being snobby? Rufus were out on their own musically – a fusion of soul, funk and rock with a dash of classical that has never been matched. I remember John Peel playing tracks off this album when it was first released. Rufusized, Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, and Rags To Rufus are three of the greatest albums ever in my opinion…. and the greatest of them all is Ask Rufus.

  2. Yes, the implication was of a somewhat snotty, muted response to Rufusised, but what I forgot to mention is that I am that “most critical” Club Classics listener. I listen in when driving back from the gym every Saturday night–yes, it’s really like that–and this record would not be out of place on their programming list.

  3. i came across this album a while back (rufus have their moments but i’m not a believer like darcy), and presumed that the title was a pun on “supersized”, as in extra large portions of takeaway junk food? as a “septic” hopefully asbo can confirm that… if so, it’s a bit of a surprise that the term has been in use in the states since at least the early 70’s, but then again, as it’s the obesity capital of the world maybe not! don’t worry asbo, as the 51st state we’re now well on the way to catching you up in that regard…

  4. I don’t think it’s a pun as you describe, rather, the suffix “-ize” is simply used to transform the (proper) noun “Rufus” into a verb encompassing the properties of the noun; so, here, one could say that the music has been “Rufusized,” i.e. been made poppy, funky and rocky. It was kinda cute when Chaka did it three decades ago, but the changing of nouns to verbs in this way, like the latter-day evolution of “incentive” into “incentivize”, has become one of the default annoying grammactical tics of people who use jargon to obscure meaning, e.g. business people, civil servants and policticians. But certainly not the wise and generous people who write about music.


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