||Given the frequency with which it has been referenced in the soul music canon, the humble chicken - either fully feathered, dancing and strutting, or celebrated for its fine eating - may reasonably be considered the funkiest bird of all and if this is one of the more obscure recordings from the 60s and early 70s to name-check poultry, it is also has to be one of the most compelling. Certainly one of the funkiest 45s on the venerable Savoy label, this 1966 offering finds the little known Bill Thomas and his excellent band paying tribute to what sounds like a particularly tasty recipe. Featuring a booming, metronomic beat, a simple, propulsive horn riff, a distinctly casual rhythm guitar, flamboyant Hammond interjections, a tidy sax solo and a busy 30-second drum break (in part 2), Southern Fried Chicken has all the ingredients to satisfy the most discerning dance floor. Aright, aright, aright, aright, aright, aright, aright...Everybody with me? Aright!