Fela Kuti, Expensive Shit / He Miss Road

Jess Harvell

By Jess Harvell

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Expensive Shit / He Miss Road

Fela Ransome Kuti
Possibly the funkiest ode to excrement laid to wax.

The best and funniest of Fela's story-songs, "Expensive Shit" is the story of how a three-card monte game of feces saved Fela's barely-wiped ass and made a mockery of the Nigerian government. When corrupt cops attempted to plant weed on Fela's person, he swallowed it. Once in jail, he swapped his crap with another inmate happy to help, producing a negative lab result that cost the state a pretty penny. This tale of the intestinal tract is set to one of Fela's wonkiest saxophone solos — in a body of work not short on them — and funkiest grooves.