Tower Of Power was extant for 50 years when they released their 25th album, Soul Side Of Town
, in 2018. Their early years were spent honing their skills in the gritty clubs around Oakland in areas like they describe on this song, the album's title track.
"It's about that area of town," founding member Emilio Castillo said in a Songfacts interview
. "The dark-side-of-the-moon area of the town where all the barbecue joints are and where the drug dealers are and where the down-to-earth, blue collar people are. That was the vibe we were going for."