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This minor funk group hailed from Florida and was led by Rodney Mathews.  Their claim to fame is "Evil Vibrations," a rare groove classic that received a higher profile thanks to De La Soul's sampling on "A Rollerskating Jam Named Saturday."

Mighty Ryeders' Deepest Groove

Help Us Spread the Message (Luv N Haight, 1994)
Coming on like a black hippie missionary cult (a belief bolstered by the cover photo of the band sitting atop several globes featuring each of the continents), the Ryeders' sole album is chock full of titles like "Let There Be Peace," "Fly Away With Me," "Star Children," and the title song, where they lend a sense of spiritual urgency to the mix ("We got to find a better direction/Cause where we're headed is hot as fire").  The music is good, reminiscent in places of Earth Wind and Fire, but you definitely have a feeling that these brothers were about ten years late in their politics.  This was originally released in 1978 but became widely available thanks to the venerable Luv N Haight label.

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