Single of the Day – MFSB – Love is the Message | DaysAreNumbers
MFSB or ‘Mother, Father, Sister, Brother’ (not the REAL meaning, the real meaning is waaaay ruder and this is a family website) were employed as the house band of legendary producers Gamble & Huff. After working on some minor hits and recording under pseudonyms, the group forged their succes when they start working with the Philadelpia Interntional stable (this included artists such as the O Jays and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes).
Their first hit was the 1974 ’TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)’, the theme from the funky television show Soul Train. ‘TSOP’ encapsulated the Philly sound and laid some of the foundations of disco but the song that was twice as influential is today’s SOTD. ‘Love is the Message’ was first picked up on by the legends of disco – DJ’s such as Mancuso, Siano and Levan amongst many others. Taken from the 1973 album of the same name, the track embodies the spirit and overall message of disco. With it’s feel good and sumptuous strings and (if I’m being honest) slightly cheesy sax riff, this is a simply happy song. And what’s wrong with that? LOVE IS THE MESSAGE PEOPLE!!!!!
Oh, and became of MFSB you ask? Well, the group disbanded after a fight with Gambel & Huff and the majority of the band re-grouped to become the mighty Salsoul Orchestra and the rest joined The Vince Montana Orchestra, John Davis and The Monster Orchestra and the Ritchie Family. Wow. That’s disco royalty, that is.