Super Sonic Megatonic Flash
What’s that you say? The Sonics might be back? The hard part of an arena agreement now looks to be a done deal? Jam!
I was left bitter and disillusioned. In a town of endless review and opportunities for public comment I was not initially positive that an arena might be decided upon for years, if ever. It seems mabye the deal is too sweet and the promise of jobs created is too precious to turn down at this point. With that news looking up, now seemed the right time to start reminding ourselves about the SuperSonics.
Reaching back to the 80′s, I’m not sure which 80, the SuperSonics had a theme song of sorts, performed by C.D. and written by Ron Buford called “Super Sonic Megatonic Flash.” It simply says on the label “Produced by Ron Buford and Tom Bertoldi for Central District Music Company Productions.” I say I’m not sure which 80 because google could only provide a single entry of any real context (one entry!) with this single sentence: “80′s Original pressing 45 f boogie electro theme for the late great Seattle SuperSonics NBA basketball team.” The ebay listing I stumbled across and bid on had no info what so ever. So It’s not clear whether this 45 was ever for sale or if it was a promo item. If a promo, you’d think there would be more of them on the market. For “Central District Music Company” a google search came up with literally zero results. They’ve got a logo up top on the label, but that’s about it other than the name.
Maybe this production was only for in-house use, and was commissioned by the SuperSonics organization? Side one sure sounds like something built to back an exciting highlight reel. Or maybe be a theme for when the players enter the arena. Side 2 “Super Super Sonics” where a chorus of ladies simply sing the title line over and over again. It’s a two minute long break similarly sounding like it might’ve been used to segway between commercial breaks or hype the crowd for the t-shirt dropping blimp. It’s also a break begging to be re-used by an enterprising remixer or producer.
Ron Buford is of course one of a group of musicians highlighted by Light In the Attic Records for the Wheedle’s Groove compilations documenting Seattle’s late 60′s and early 70′s soul and funk scene with old and newly recorded tracks, and he was one of the funkiest. That’s reflected here as well.
As it happens Wheedle’s Groove is headlining the Neptune Theater tomorrow night, Saturday September 22nd. Since it’s a bigger affair than the monthly Vito’s appearance maybe we can expect a little something special on the setlist. Opening is a fellow local vintage soul act highlighted in Light In the Attic’s set of Wheedle’s Groove 45′s , Acapulco Gold.