Stay Human

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Stay Human
Studio album by Michael Franti & Spearhead
Released 2001
Recorded The Sugar Shack, in San Francisco, California
Genre Hip hop
Language English
Label Boo Boo Wax / Six Degrees Records
Producer Michael Franti
Michael Franti & Spearhead chronology
Live at the Baobab Stay Human
(2001)
Everyone Deserves Music
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link
Vibe 4.5/5 stars link

Stay Human is the third studio release by Michael Franti & Spearhead. Many of the tracks on this album are fictional radio segments focusing on the case of "Sister Fatima" who is executed by album's end. In the Radio Segments, Governor Franklin Shane is played by Woody Harrelson.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Oh My God" (Franti, Ramon Lazo) (5:07)
  2. "Radio Segment" (0:53)
  3. "Stay Human (All the Freaky People)" (Franti, Young) (4:27)
  4. "Radio Segment" (0:59)
  5. "Rock the Nation" (Franti, Young) (4:26)
  6. "Sometimes" (Franti, Shul) (4:05)
  7. "Radio Segment" (1:26)
  8. "Do Ya Love" (Franti, Young) (4:50)
  9. "Radio Segment" (1:18)
  10. "Soulshine" (Franti) (3:58)
  11. "Every Single Soul" (Franti, Ramon Lazo, Quintana, Shul, Young) (5:44)
  12. "Radio Segment" (1:02)
  13. "Love'll Set Me Free" (Franti, Shul, Young) (3:57)
  14. "Thank You" (Franti, Ramon Lazo, Shul, Young) (4:55)
  15. "Radio Segment" (2:30)
  16. "We Don't Mind" (Franti, Ramon Lazo) (4:49)
  17. "Radio Segment" (0:50)
  18. "Speaking of Tongues" (Franti) (4:45)
  19. "Radio Segment" (1:36)
  20. "Listener Supported" (Franti, Marie Daulne) (4:38)
  21. "Radio Segment" (0:44)
  22. "Skin on the Drum" (Franti) (6:19)

Tracks 2, 4, 7, 9, 17, 21 are performed by Brother Soulshine and The Nubian Poetess
Tracks 12, 15, 19 are performed by Brother Soulshine

Personnel[edit]

Spearhead

  • Michael Franti: vocals, programming, guitars
  • Carl Young: bass, keys, flute, sax
  • Dave Shul: guitars
  • Roberto Quintana: drums, percussion

Additional musicians

  • Ramon Lazo: keyboards, Fender Rhodes
  • Mary Harris: background vocals
  • Zap Mama: vocals on "Listener Supported"
  • RadioActive: vocals (track 5)
  • Josh Klor: background vocals (track 13)
  • Caitlin Cornwall: background vocals (track 13)
  • Tanya Saw: vocals (track 20)
  • Al Marshal: drums (tracks 1, 5, 7, 11, & 13)
  • Troy Lampkins: DJ cuts (tracks 11 & 16)
  • Jay Lane: drums (track 16)
  • Victor Castro: Trombone
  • Gordon Ramos: saxophone
  • Bob Crawford: keyboards (track 10)