Song of the Day: "Anti Love Song," Betty Davis

Steamy bedroom funk from a former Mrs. Miles Davis.

Published May 17, 2007 7:01AM (EDT)

According to legend, Betty Davis (nee Mabry) played a pivotal role in changing the course of modern music by introducing her then husband, Miles Davis, to the sounds of Sly Stone and Jimi Hendrix, thus helping usher in the era of jazz-rock fusion. That may or may not be true, but "Anti Love Song," taken from a new reissue of 1973's "Betty Davis," certainly shows that the former Mrs. Miles had a firm grasp on the sounds of electric funk. Recorded a few years after her marriage dissolved, the song is a steamy bedroom jam, as Davis' slinky come-ons rub up against some deeply funky bass before a hard-charging electric guitar arrives to drive the whole thing home.

-- David Marchese

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