Oh, thank you, designers who I don't directly control except through the awesome power of my thoughts. I was hoping there would be more Rick James, because it gives me an opportunity to tell this story: in 1964, James, then a Naval reservist in Buffalo named James Johnson, Jr., went AWOL. He ended up in Canada in a group called the Mynah Birds. A few years later, a young guitarist named Neil Young joined the group. I know -- it sounds like I rolled up Mig's layer #4 and smoked it. It's true, though. The group even got signed to Motown. Before they could hit it big, military authorities caught up with James, and he spent a year in the brig for desertion. Neil Young went on to a promising career in Buffalo Springfield and as a solo artist (perhaps you've heard of him), and James didn't do so badly either. He had a hit or two.
Which brings us, with ruthless coincidence, back to layer #6. James's biggest hit, of course, was "Super Freak," later sampled by Hammer on "U Can't Touch This," which was not only a huge hit but also part of an unfortunate typographical movement that may have been started (and was certainly helped along) by Prince. It's the first thing I think of when I look at this layer, the great bottom-heavy (bass line, anyone?) capital U. I love the lightning bolt, because it both recalls and threatens the planes from before. Wittily, cannily, Mig has done something else here, too -- he has brought back the invasive gloves from Armin's very first layer, and continued the debate regarding the appropriateness of the TSA's cavity searches. Are they the super freaks? In what is either another ruthless coincidence or just some Layer Tennis magic, I would like to up the ante by closing with a quote from what might be Rick James's best song, assuming "Super Freak" is not. Here's how "You and I" starts: "You and I / We fit together like a glove on hand."
Play by play commentary for this match is provided, as it happens, by Ben Greenman.
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