Slipping Into Darkness by War
“Slipping Into Darkness” is a song by the American funk band War. It was released in 1971 as the lead single from their third studio album, “All Day Music.” The song features a slow, hypnotic groove, with a memorable guitar riff and haunting vocal harmonies.
The lyrics of “Slipping Into Darkness” address the dangers of drug addiction and the struggles of life in urban America. The song’s narrator describes the sense of hopelessness and desperation that can come with addiction, as well as the sense of community and brotherhood that can arise among those who share these struggles.
“Slipping Into Darkness” was a commercial and critical success, reaching number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and helping to establish War as one of the most innovative and socially conscious bands of the era. The song has been covered and sampled by many artists over the years, and its message remains as relevant today as it was when it was first released.
War is an American funk band that was formed in 1969 in Long Beach, California. The band’s original lineup consisted of musicians who had previously played in a variety of R&B and soul groups, including Eric Burdon and War, a collaboration with Eric Burdon of The Animals. War’s music blended elements of funk, rock, Latin, jazz, and R&B, creating a distinctive sound that reflected the cultural diversity of the band’s hometown.
War’s early albums, such as “All Day Music” and “The World Is a Ghetto,” were notable for their socially conscious lyrics and political themes, addressing issues such as poverty, racism, and the Vietnam War. The band also gained a reputation for their high-energy live performances and intricate, improvisational jams.
Throughout the 1970s, War released a string of hit singles, including “Low Rider,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?,” and “Cisco Kid,” which helped to establish the band as one of the most popular and influential funk groups of the era. Although War went through a number of lineup changes over the years, the band continued to release music and tour well into the 21st century.
War’s music has been sampled and covered by many artists across a range of genres, and their legacy continues to inspire new generations of musicians.