Monday, August 11, 2008

Isaac Hayes, 1942-2008

It's my sad duty to report that Isaac Hayes has just passed away at the age of 65.

Often underappreciated, Hayes had tremendous range and a good sense of himself. As a singer, he gave us songs as varied as the driving funk of "Hyperbolicsyllablecsesquedalymistic" and the South Park ditty "Salty Chocolate Balls." As an actor of somewhat limited talents, he still rocked it in everything from actual blaxploitation flicks like Truck Turner to mock blaxploitation flicks like I'm Gonna Git You Sucka to self mockeries like Chef from South Park.

Speaking of his acting career, I noticed this line from his obituary:
He had recently finished work on a movie called "Soul Men" in which he played himself, starring Samuel Jackson and Bernie Mac, who died on Saturday.
Watch your back, Sam.


rusrus said...

Best Isaac Hayes song = Don't Let Go

Noah said...

What happens to Scientologists when they die?

Mike said...

He'll always be the man behind "Shaft" for me.

"Who is the man?" indeed.

Otto Man said...

Don't forget "the Duke of New York" either.