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Published on April 4th, 1996 | by Gerry Galipault

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Weapon of Choice makes something out of Nuttin

Weapon of Choice lead singer Lonnie “Meganut” Marshall isn’t a hard nut to crack. He and his seven nutty bandmates wear their eccentricity on their collective sleeve, mining ’70s-style funk with streetwise hip-hop and lots of genres in between.

“I look at these times, the 1990s, as the nineteen-nutties,” said Marshall, who tosses in enough nut slang in a conversation to fill a New World Dictionary. “It’s prime for nutmeg music, an anything glows type of approach to music. I’m talking about musical freedom, with no limitations or boundaries, music where we can add the salsa with the hip-hop and the funk with the country and all for the sake of nuttin’.”

Ooooo-kay.

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t, but Weapon of Choice stays true to its mission to knock down the barriers with “Highperspice,” its second Loosegroove/Sony 500 Music album.

What started as a session to record a track for a George Clinton tribute album grew into an all-out Weapon assault.

“We ended up writing a bunch of stuff and recording it right then and there,” Marshall said. “They just rolled the tape and we knew we had a good portion of the record finished. We write effortlessly when we’re together and the tape is rolling to capture what has been written.

“With this particular album, the atoms and the molecules were bouncing off each other. One person would have an idea and another person would be able to respond to that in a complementary way. You just build like that and make something out of nuttin’.”

In a nutshell, the band’s motto for “Highperspice” is “getting a nut no matter what,” Marshall said.

“My intent is just having a good time and making sure the band expresses itself in all the various influences and contributions that the band has to offer, that they get expressed and that the band is the vehicle for that. In nut talk, we say that we’re now for nutever.”

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Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.



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