#1536: Brute Force

Photo by David Newman

“Generally speaking, my background is the universe. As a life form I have been classified as a human being… I have been taught to believe in the unknown”….Stephen Friedland/Brute Force.

Under the pseudonym Brute Force, Stephen has a cult following, especially for his recording of The King of Fuh, which was distributed by George Harrison, on the Beatles’ Apple label. It is a rare collectors item, listed in their catalog as Apple 8. Stephen is also an actor, and he has recently appeared in a music video featuring the song Forgiveness, sung by Enrique Iglesias and Nicky Jam. Stephen’s collection of work is a gift to mankind, as his beautiful lyrics, and consciousness raising world rock, is spiritual, message driven, farcical, satirical, political, eccentric and unique. I have many favorite Brute Force tunes. I especially love “The World Is Full of So Much Bullshit”, and as a kid his song, “The Fall” made me laugh out loud every time I listened to it. Stephen is a keeper of the planet, and his album, Planetwork, is a wonderful concept piece, which is an homage to the beauty and bounties of Mother Earth. Brute continues to play clubs with his daughter Lilah (Daughter of Force), and be sure to catch the documentary about him at bruteforcethemovie.com. For more info go to brutesforce.com