Here at Family of Rock we are always pleased to celebrate other musical families and so it was a great delight when the track O-o-h Child came up on our iTunes random play from a fantastic compilation – The Tryptch. 90 tracks put together by Fred Deakin from Lemon Jelly.
O-o-h Child is by The Five Stairsteps, four brothers and a sister, so named, apparently, because of the way they looked standing in a line (we first thought that they were a victim of the crippling name shortage afflicting ‘60s music) also known as the First Family of Soul, until the Jackson Five came along.
The song has a bit of a 70s Rock Musical feel, swapping between lead vocalists, modulations, bits of hyper-active boogaloo bass, and lots of cheerful brass, rather contradicting the ‘O-o-h child some day things are going to get brighter’ mood of the lyrics. But a fantastic period piece.
If you’ve got 3 minutes and 23 seconds to spare take a look. You won’t regret it. Treat yourself, watch in full-screen mode.