Pick Up The Pieces

Album: AWB (1974)
Charted: 6 1
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  • In spite of their name, AWB was that rarest of musical species: a band out of Scotland that specialized in R&B funk. This high-spirited instrumental (the only lyrics being the occasional chanting of the song's title) was their signature tune.
  • The Average White Band formed in 1972 and released their first album, Show Your Hand, the following year. After it failed to break through, the group shortened its name to AWB and released a self-titled album in 1974. This song from that album not only broke through, but became a surprise #1 hit in the US, catapulting AWB to stardom almost overnight.
  • Later in 1974, drummer and founding member Robbie McIntosh died of a drug overdose at a Hollywood party. After recruiting a their new drummer, AWB would have 3 more Top 40 hits in the mid-1970s (including one more Top 10 with "Cut The Cake") and eventually revert to their original, full name, but would slowly decline both creatively and commercially before disbanding in 1982. Since then, Average White Band has reunited for the occasional obscure album and/or tour. In 2005 they re-recorded "Pick Up The Pieces" along with several other of their older songs for a CD titled Greatest And Latest.
  • The original version of this song has been sampled by a number of rap and hip-hop artists, and has also often been played at sporting events. >>
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    Joshua - Twin Cities, MN, for all above
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Comments: 7

  • John Parker from Grayson, GeorgiaOn the AWB site they have a killer bluegrass version of this song that they obviously think is pretty good. They wrote "This is a bluegrass version of "Pieces" sent to us by a group of Nashville musicians called Ziggy and The Stereotypes. We've heard quite a few covers of Pieces but this is one of the best."
  • Neal from Hooterville, MiThis song was runner-up in '75 to "TSOP" by MFSB with the Three Degrees for Best Instrumental Song. Ironically, neither song is a true instrumental, as they both feature some vocals.
  • Liam from Leeds, United KingdomCheck out the Candy Dulfer version of this song. Somehow she manages the inc redibly difficult task of making it even funkier and there's a female vocal cameo that just takes it to another pitch:)
  • Eddie from Natchez, MsPlay that Funky Music White Boy was the group Wild Cherry
  • Lalah from Wasilla, AkWhat about "Play that Funky Music White Boy"? Wasn't that a AWB hit?

  • Mike from Verona, VaIn Superman II this song is playing when Superman kicks the snot out of that guy in the diner. Or was it when Superman lost his powers and got trashed? Anyways someone had to pick up their pieces.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesThe Average White Band had three big hits in the UK - "Pick Up The Pieces", "Cut The Cake" and "Let's Go Round Again"...
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