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We’re Just Talkin’ ‘Bout Isaac Hayes

Hey, everyone. “Moriarty” here. Isaac Hayes was found dead in Memphis over the weekend, and police are currently working to determine the cause of death. According to a CNN report, he was found in his home, unconscious, next to a treadmill, and no foul play is suspected. Hayes was 65 years old. For many younger viewers, Isaac Hayes will forever be SOUTH PARK’s Chef, a role he played with a delicious disconnect for many seasons before he finally left the show under a cloud of controversy because of his connection to Scientology and his sudden about-face on what was or wasn't appropriate for satire. The episode after he left didn’t just kill his character... it destroyed him. They did everything short of dropping a nuclear bomb on him. Considering how long they’d worked with him, I was always a little shocked by the vehemence with which they wrote him off the show. I’ll bet today makes that episode harder to watch for Matt and Trey than ever. Isaac Hayes is one of those guys whose life and career touched so many fans and covered so many different parts of the industry that it’s almost daunting to try and write an obit for him. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. He was an Oscar winner. He was a great songwriter, an actor of considerable presence, and a dedicated philanthropist. I’ve always had a particular affinity for him since he was such a key player in the Memphis sound, and both of my parents are from Memphis originally. I loved Hayes because he was the opposite of the pre-packaged artificial pop that dominates the music world, a guy who came from poverty in the deep south and who put a career together, little by little, working as a session player for Stax before he started working with producer David Porter as co-songwriters. Their work with Sam & Dave earned Hayes and Porter accolades and the hits started stacking up, including the ubiquitous “Soul Man.” They also wrote hits for Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, and Mable Johns before Hayes recorded his own first album with Donald “Duck” Dunn and Al Jackson. It wasn’t a hit, but it established a voice that Hayes kept consistent over the years. He kept writing songs for Otis Redding, The Mar-keys, the Bar-Kays, Rufus & Carla Thomas, Booker T & The MGs and more, but in 1969, he released HOT BUTTERED SOUL, his breakthrough album that was bookended by the amazing “Walk On By”... ... and the equally amazing “By The Time I Get To Phoenix.” Hayes became a key player in the soul scene overnight, and was pioneering the rap scene as early as 1970 with “Ike’s Rap” off his hit album ... TO BE CONTINUED. Even if SHAFT had never happened, Hayes would have been an icon, but SHAFT blew up in a whole new way. It was a mainstream crossover hit when that was unheard of. It was the first album to be #1 on bot the pop and the R&B charts. He won an Oscar for Best Musical Score, the first black composer to do so. SHAFT also earned him Grammys, a Golden Globe, the NAACP Image Award, and a major European honor called The Edison Award, and the film was a monster cultural hit. If you want to understand the way he left a crater-sized impact in the music scene, you could start by tracing all the rap tracks in the past 15 years that sampled his music. There’s a reason people are still building tracks around his music today... he created some of the richest and most authentic grooves around, and everyone from Massive Attack to Destiny’s Child to Dr. Dre to Portishead have used him as the foundation for their work at some point. It’s hard to make the case that his onscreen career has been as exciting as his musical one, but I’ve always loved seeing him show up in movies. I remember seeing him as a semi-regular on THE ROCKFORD FILES back in the day, and that was one of the first places I saw him. His best appearance ever might have been in John Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK as “The Duke,” and that’s definitely the film I’ll be throwing in later tonight, along with SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT. Sure, he made a lot of exploitation crap over the years, but he always managed to get out of even the worst film with that same wry dignity intact. Besides, I’ll forgive anyone a guest shot on HUNTER or a movie like GUILTY AS CHARGED when they work for a cause as important as literacy with the same passion that Hayes did. The Isaac Hayes Foundation was created to promote literacy and music education around the world. I can’t think of a better message to take to countries where education is secondary. I will miss Isaac Hayes profoundly, but I will always love the work he leaves behind, and I suspect his legacy of education has left quite a mark on kids around the world, work that I hope will continue now that he has passed. We are definitely richer for him having been here in first place. I'm just going to add some embeds here for those of you who want to sample more of his work.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    So he died?

    by StealthBeagle

    I guess?

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Hello there, children!

    by cutest_of_borg


  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Even Xenu couldnt stop this

    by Baron Karza


  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I specializes in your asshole, Kyle!

    by therealkumar

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Fuck fuck fuck...

    by Rufus_T_Firefly

    fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST


    by Slippy

    This sucks. First Bernie Mac, now Issac Hayes. I guess there will be no chance of a Chef return on South Park. RIP Issac.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST

    What, Matt and Trey should feel sorry?

    by moondoggy2u

    Uh, ASSUMING the reasons for Hayes' departure from South Park are true, then they were absolutely justified in having Chef eaten by Lions.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST

    sure does suck..

    by soup74

    and as much as matt and trey ripped on him that episode (actually, they more ripped on scientology..again.) they did leave the door open if he ever wanted to return. guess that will never happen. its a shame.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST


    by tme2nsb

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST


    by tme2nsb

    Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes, Sam Jackson!

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST


    by tme2nsb

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:15 p.m. CST


    by tme2nsb

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Though the South Park visual is bad

    by ChorleyFM

    the actual message wasn't. It was actually a pretty heartfelt goodbye from the characters. While the evisceration of Chef allowed for two jokes, the Simpsons and ROTS parodies.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST


    by smylexx

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:19 p.m. CST

    What? He did the Shaft theme so you give his obit a shitty title

    by Samson_K

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Wesley Snipes next please..

    by Baron Karza

    Keep Sam Jackson around until he is like 105.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST

    i met the man.

    by earlfist

    in late '97 i was in conversation with a guy whilst we both waited outside londons selfridges store for our respective ladies. It was about two minutes of small talk until i woke up with the phrase"fuck your isaac hayes" i really should of been quicker as only the week before i had been eulogising about the hot buttered soul album and in particular his legendary version of by the time i get to phoenix. I became the geek fan instantly and mr hayes was gracious funny throughout. He hot me into an invite for his gig that night which i would of attended had i not hot dumped that very evening. Anyway for a few brief minutes this failed musician connected with this genius . My guess. Great guy.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST


    by robotdevil

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST


    by KnightShift

    "...A-NUMBER ONE!"<p>One of the greatest movie bad guys ever. Only Hayes could have infused the Duke with such presence and menace.

  • No point in doing a Darth Chef episode now unless the character ends up on a funeral pyre then appears as a ghostly image of his classic Chef self next to Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Rest in Peace, you baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad mutha.

    by IForgotAbout19

    Although I don't have much knowledge (yet) of Hayes' music beyond the "Shaft" theme, I consider him an absolute icon - from Chef to Truck Turner, and he will be greatly missed. There's my bullshit about it...

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    This is how Theme from Shaft makes us all feel

    by kentrel

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Hopefully wherever he is now . . .

    by Kneprock

    He is making sweet love down by the fire.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    RIP Issac Hayes AKA Black Moses

    by Amadeo Zeller

    Damn! This is one fucked up weekend. It's gon' leave a muthafucka' numb for real.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Shut yo' mouth!!

    by Hercules


  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Isaac is why I like living in Memphis

    by jawsfan

    Live here and you can bump into all kinds of musicians just walking around in everyday life. I bumped into Hayes at a Walgreen's near my house a few years ago. We chatted for a few minutes. This was pre-"South Park" but post-"EFNY".

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    What the fuck

    by Jackie Boy

    B.B. King tomorrow?

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Conspiracy, my brotha...c-o-n....spiracy

    by terry1978

    Bernie first, now Issac. I've seen that Undercover Brother movie....I know who's behind this.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:32 p.m. CST




  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST

    He was a bad mother.....

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    shush your mouth. But I'm talking about Isaac Hayes.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by Ezekiel 2517

    One of the greats. Sad day.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    How could you forget "Shaft"?

    by Ezekiel 2517

    and "Truck Turner" - one of the dopest blaxploitations out there.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:37 p.m. CST

    good luck in ..


    wherever you go when a scientologist dies. r.i.p thanks for the theme to shaft and cheff aid

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    they didn't vehemence him in that episode


    they blamed scientology for blinding him.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST


    by RokurGepta

    Scientologists get beamed up to a spaceship

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:41 p.m. CST

    And we can dig it.

    by sonofbronson

    Just yesterday I pulled my Shaft LP out of the closet and played the title track. Little did I know. Thanks for the great tunes Isaac.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    he also cameoed in escape from l.a.


  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:43 p.m. CST

    all his cameos on the chef aid songs ruled


    especially gopher boy and the rancid song

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    i think he was blind man or something, sitting on a chair


    he was definately in it

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST

    by Lauryn2000

    Damn....another in peace...Chef!!

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Well, no more salty African American balls for me....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I guess....have a good flight buddy...

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    xemu killed him

    by bacci40

    someone arrest that faux god...i would say rip, but im sorry, he was a part of an evil cult

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    So what did *he* do to piss off Obama?

    by I Dunno

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST

    This has been a depressing weekend

    by Eternal Watcher

    First Bernie Mac, and now Isaac Hayes. Both of these good guys will be truly missed.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Wondering who will be the third - Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes, .....

    by Bobby Bowfinger

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    very sad. An Icon passes

    by G100

    People are well justified in pointing out his great body of musical work and all the other great projects the man did including his selfless devotion to literacy and great work in south park and other movies.<p> <p>Has to be said though, Shaft is a bona fide timeless classic that will never grow old.<p> <p>Witness the amazing use of it in an episode of The Wire with Herc and Carver to name just one example.<p> <p>Some things will be cool till the end of time. Shaft is one of them.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5 p.m. CST

    Stunned to say the least...

    by DarthFloyd

    First Bernie Mac, now Issac Hayes? Honestly, Death, WTF???<p>Rest in Peace Mr Hayes.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5 p.m. CST


    by Logo Lou


  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST

    this sucks chocolate salty balls

    by Mr_X

    rip dude, may xenu look after you.. or something like that.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST


    by newc0253

    RIP, sir, RIP.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Morgan Freeman Just Narrowly Escaped the Grim Reaper

    by SamuelLappDance


  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Let us all hold up our Chocolate Salty Balls in tribute!

    by irrelevntelefant

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST

    they're right under your...

    by irrelevntelefant

    I'm just talking bout SHAFT!

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:07 p.m. CST

    "hello children"

    by disfigurehead

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Someone get a doctor to SLJ ASAP

    by br1947

    damnit, it always comes in 3s, somebody better be watching out for Sam Jackson!!! Does make me very sad, I was hoping for a return of Chef at some point.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:17 p.m. CST

    So long Chef

    by batzilla

    "Hello children" indeed. What a drag.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST


    by Shia LaBeoufs Uncle

    The Curse of the Soul Men drudges on.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    The Duke is Dead

    by a rolling stone

    Long live the Duke.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:19 p.m. CST

    to paraphrase Paul Couse from A house..

    by emeraldboy

    Bernie Mac, bernie Brillsteen and Isaac Hayse. All dead yet still alive Endless time, Endless art. Douglas Adams Died on a treadmill too. very weird. But true.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Chef really is dead now

    by Orionsangels

    That episode where Chef dies now, takes on new meaning. It really is the end of Chef.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:20 p.m. CST

    You're the Duke! Duke of NY!.....A #1

    by Orionsangels

    Said the British president from Escape from NY.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    This talkback is deader than Isaac Hayes ....

    by Luscious.868

    Russert, Carlin, Mac and now Isaac Hayes. Why? Why these fine men and not Amy Winehouse? Why?

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:23 p.m. CST

    "vehemence with which they wrote him off the show"

    by photoboy

    I thought they were actually very respectful of Hayes, sure the majority of the episode demonised Chef, but the message at the end was to remember him how he was, rather than what he became after those evil Scientologists brainwashed him.<br><br> At any rate, RIP Isaac Hayes.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Muthafuck..!! The Duke is Dead!!

    by Stalkeye

    First mac now "Ike" as Carpenter fondly refers him as.Fuck this is sad news indeed. I'll be popping my EFNY Special edition DVD tonight in honor of his passing, that and it's one of my all time favorite movies. Rest in Peace A number one.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:25 p.m. CST

    he will be missed

    by princess432

    I love the theme for Shaft. A great short fillm to lift your spirits:

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    The Sammy Davis version of "Shaft" rules!!

    by Uncle Stan

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST


    by Bruce Leroy

    Enough! First the excellent Bernie Mack (may he rest in peace) and now Mr. Isaac Hayes. The man IS a true icon. My condolences to both his family and friends. I'm going to listen to my Hot buttered soul LP now...damn.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    "Exercise will kill ya"

    by rben

    that's why i do it at a packed gym where people and defibs abound, and not alone at some hollywood mansion. no offense but this is one of those times i think "thank god i'm poor"...

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    sigh... Rest in Peace

    by cifra

    first Bernie Mac and now this... Hayes was already a living legend, though. What a week...

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Good to see some genuine nice words

    by SpencerTrilby

    Last years have been so controversial, it's good to see fellow talkbackers focusing on the real deal. And God knows Hayes had an incredible career to speak about for the ages. May he rest in peace.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Enough already.

    by Flyingcircus

    This is one of the worst "death years" ever. Stop.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Also, Mori, the first embedded vid is kinda messy

    by SpencerTrilby

    Doesn't work for me.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Breakthrough artist

    by matineer

    Can't forget "Shaft" winning the Oscar. What a talent and icon.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Goodbye Children

    by picardsucks

    sucks I was hoping he would play the Duke in the upcoming EFNY remake

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Those making fun of the man are trash.

    by Mr402

    Folks these days know him as Chef but those that knew about what he was long ago know that he was a god amongst men. When my dad found out it floored him. His music was ahead of it's time. Memphis wont be the same without him.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Layin' down by the fire...

    by IForgotAbout19


  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST

    The scene in Truck Turner

    by IForgotAbout19

    When he's making sweet love to his woman, and HIS OWN soundtrack starts singing. Legendary.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Who's takin' out the brothers?

    by MetalMickey

    Morgan Freeman was just a warning. Who's number three? Poitier? Stevie Wonder? The Cos? My money's on Belafonte. Maybe Carlin decided Heaven was too square. This is all bloody awful.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Someone post a guard on Melvin Van Peebles!

    by MetalMickey

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Too Sad

    by Evil Chicken

    "Just talkin' bout Shaft!" Godspeed Mr. Hayes. Thanks for the memories. You were A # 1.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST

    The SOUTH PARK episode "Kenny Dies" sums it up best:

    by SpyGuy

    "Why would God let Kenny die, Chef? Why? Kenny's my friend. Why can't God take someone else's friend?" <p>"Stan, sometimes God take those closest to us, because it makes him feel better about Himself. He's a very vengeful God, Stan. He's all pissed off about something we did thousands of years ago. He just can't get over it. So he doesn't care who he takes -- children, puppies, it doesn't matter to him, so long as it makes us sad. Do you understand?"</p> <p>"Then why does God give us anything to start with?"</p> <p>"Well, look at it this way: if you want to make a baby cry, first you give it a lollipop, then you take it away. If you never give it a lollipop to begin with, then it would have nothing to cry about. That's like God, who gives us life and love and health just so that he can tear it all away and make us cry, so he can drink the sweet milk of our tears...You see, it's our tears, Stan, that give God his great power."</p> <p>"I think I understand."</p> -- Stan Marsh and Jerome "Chef" McElroy, SOUTH PARK: "Kenny Dies"

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST

    RIP Issac Hayes

    by Lucasblows

    But, that Return of Chef Episode was classic!

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:22 p.m. CST

    That video is fucked

    by Mezzanine

    What was with the gayronic music playing all throughout? Rest in peace, Isaac.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Mori...

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    ...for making the weekend a little bit less depressing. Once again, the classiest act at AICN. Where were you yesterday? No offense to Herc, but BMac's obit was truly lacking. I never knew that much about Hayes' philanthropy. Makes the loss even greater. Damn, I'm skeptical about that whole "death in 3's" thing, but all the same, as others in the tb have already said, if I were Sam Jackson, I'd be nervous as hell right now. At least Death messed up on Morgan Freeman. Anyway, Hayes and Mac will both be truly missed. Bad muthas, both. RIP.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Isaac in WATTSTAX = Mindblowing

    by MetalMickey

    Black Moses was not a boast...but a simple observation that in that exact moment in time, Isaac Hayes was god-like.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Bernie and Issac in the same weekend?

    by mefrog

    Shit... what a lousy weekend. RIP.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST

    You are the Duke

    by kwisatzhaderach

    You are A-number 1. Rest in peace and thanks for the entertainment.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by TedTwist

    I understand Bernie Mac, but what the hell did Isaac Hayes ever do to you?!?!?!

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Samual Jackson RIP

    by Prossor

    another couple checked off my death list!

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Literacy Crusade

    by XENU TV

    If only his Literacy Crusade wasn't a Scientology promotional tool, I would salute it as well. Hubbard's Study Tech is built on nonsense and quackery. It's primary objective is to "safepoint" Scientology, meaning to improve Hubbard's image and help spread Scientology through society.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    My Favorite Singer of All Time

    by utz_world

    When I was roughly 3-4 years old, I was transfixed on a certain album cover with a Black man holding a rope in one hand and a fired gun on the other. On the bottom of that album was the word "Shaft" spelled out in purple and in this funky lettering. Inset on the top of the album was this dude with some shades and a bald head. That was my introduction to Isaac Hayes. For years, I thought that "Shaft" was the only thing the man ever sung. Then, around 1998 or so, a co-worker let me borrow his "Isaac Hayes Greatest Hits" CD which featured the singles versions of all his classics. Then I moved on to his "Hot Buttered Soul" album - one of the 5 GREATEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME: 4 songs, 2 of them at least 10 minutes long, but dripping with passion, energy and raw, orchestral SOUL! With a feverish passion, I made my way over to "The Isaac Hayes Movement", "To Be Continued" (which, BTW Moriarty, "Ike's Rap" wasn't quite a "rap" as we know it today, but instead was a spoken word unrhymed monologue before most of his slow records), "Black Moses" and "Joy" (featuring the song "I Love You, That's All- a song with no lyrics but details Ike and his lady GETTING BUSY on New Year's Day. WILD!) I looooved Isaac Hayes. I will miss him terribly but he left us all this great music (and the film "Truck Turner) to remember him always! RIP!

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Isaac Hayes and Bernie Mac dies...

    by Underdogthe3rd

    ... and Script girl lives. Definitely a sad day.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:55 p.m. CST

    RIP Isaac Hayes

    by the milf lover

    a damn shame... my condolences to his loved ones...

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST

    True, his Wattstax gig at the end is

    by SpencerTrilby

    the quintessential showman in action. And even if it's highly connected to a very specific audience, time and place it still manages to get chills from everyone in the audience, regardless of color or era or place of birth even 30 years later. I grew up with Shaft, EFNY et al, but it's not before I saw Wattstax that it really striked me. Genius movie.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 6:58 p.m. CST

    The DUKE is A number one!

    by Darth_Kaos

    RIP Chef.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Best line!

    by Craig2574

    "You want to eat my chocolate salty balls?"

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 7:10 p.m. CST


    by Darth Thoth

    Wow. This is really too much man. Bernie and now Isaac. Wow. Shocked is not even the word. What is going on? My goodness... My prayers go out to his family, friends, and fans. May he rest in peace. Thank you Mr. Hayes for having such a profound impact on our life. You left quite a legacy in song and film and television. Thank you for the joy you brought into my life. Thank you. God bless your soul. Hey Moriarty- great obit. Thank you. RIP. I am in utter shock.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Rip Mr. Hayes...

    by theonecalledshoe

    good obit there moriarty.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Yeah, vehemence.

    by BurnHollywood

    And enough apologies and horseshit "explanations" of why his tasteless, utterly unfunny send-off from an enterprise he helped make a success was actually reverential. I'm not even sure those two confused fools who fart out that childish TV show should even be mentioned on this sad day.<p> RIP Mr. Hayes.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Goodbye, children.

    by Lashlarue


  • Aug. 10, 2008, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Very funny in "I'm Gonna Git You Suckah!"

    by fiester

    That may be my favorite role he played. Sorry to see him go; even if he was a looney Xenu-worshipper he was a cool dude.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST


    by expert_40

    What the fuck???<br><br>Trey and Matt should be sorry for outing Hayes to be the fucking hypocrite he was?<br><br>As they said, Hayes had no issue when the show saterized Christianity to the point of going over the edge with the Menstruating Virgin Mary Statue, but the moment they called his personal fucked-up religion for being the absolute ball of insanity it is, and telling the truth about it, how it was fucking made up by a bad science fiction writer as a way of making money for himself, then he has issues with that?<br><br>After all the Jew jokes, Mormon jokes, and retard jokes, and everything... Hayes leaves because he didn't like them pointing the finger at his religion.<br><br>The dude deserved it, Mori, and just because he fucking croaked doesn't mean he's any less of a hypocrite because he's dead.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 7:59 p.m. CST

    expert_40 he didn't deserve to die, but you are

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    correct about everything else. South Park doesn't play favorites. It insults all religions.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Get the pudding pops ready because

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    The Cos is next. Seriously, someone from the ghetto is going to off him because he's telling it's denizens to step up, and be responsible, and stop looking for a handout.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 8:03 p.m. CST

    His legacy will be tainted, perhaps.

    by Chief Joseph

    I was a fan of his, but I'm afraid his legacy may be tainted with that Scientology crap forever on. Sadly, the young people today only know him as "that chump Scientologist that quit South Park"<br> Actually, Chef's death episode was their way of telling the young people not to think of him that way.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 8:11 p.m. CST


    by expert_40

    ... I never said he deserved to die.<br><br>Just that the fact that he croaked suddenly makes him not the fucking hypocrite he was.<br><br>I hate it when people sugarcoat shit, or make up shit that isn't true, just because someone died.<br><br>Honesty. That's what it should be about. He was a good person, and he did good work. But he was also a fucking hypocrite, and that shouldn't be glossed over, or revised in his personal history.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST

    expert_40, very true. I guess I misunderstood

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    what you were talking about when you said he deserved it, whatever the it was. Leaving the show? I thought that was his choice. Funny, because I was just talking to someone about what I'm going to say at my dad's funeral when he goes. Sure, he was a good provider, and kept us fed, and a roof over our heads, but other than that he had no connection with my brother or I. Yeah, I'll probably be the hyporcrite then, and say what a great father he was blah blah. It's a shame really.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 8:21 p.m. CST

    SO, what happens now ?

    by TheCap

    His setan or cretin or whatever leaves his body and gets to meet Tom Cruise ? Does he go to a spaceship somewhere and fly off to join with John Travolta's acting career ? Most importantly, does he WIN NOW ? That is all, thank Zenopads.<br><br>P.S. RIP, you Scientologist arsehole.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 8:27 p.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... I didn't judge Matt and Trey. I do think the final episode is blisteringly angry on their part, and my comment was simply, "I'd imagine it would be very hard for either of them to watch that episode today." They may not have ended on the best of terms, but I'm sure both of them have many fond personal memories of Hayes from the time they worked together. <P>It is possible to strongly disagree with someone and still respect and even love them. I know that doesn't seem possible on the "FUCK YOU! SUCK A DICK!" internet, but it is.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 8:31 p.m. CST

    okay controversial statement time...

    by soup74

    its kind of good south park gave him a send off at all.. if he was still a part of the show it would be odd right now if chef all of a sudden wasnt a part of it anymore. (this has nothing to do with no realizing his talent, or trivializing his death, just a matter of fact about one of the forms of media that beings us to sites like this.)

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    and i'll repeat myself..

    by soup74

    the end of the "return of chef" episode definitely left the door open for issac hayes if he ever decided to return. matt and trey seem like the kind of people that would have welcomed him back. (although thats just my opinon, i dont know any of these people in real life)

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 8:39 p.m. CST


    by expert_40

    ... I'll forever love the greatness that Issac brought to South Park, but much like Matt and Trey, for him to leave the show the way he did was just pretty fucking reprehensible.<br><br>He said, and I quote, "There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins."<br><br>And this guy had the nuts to release this after all of the episodes dealing with crazy Mormon beliefs. The Moses spirit as a Giant Dradel. The tons and tons of Jew jokes.<br><br>Not once did he say Matt and Trey were bigoted when it came to religion when they were pointing the satire in some other direction.<br><br>All I'm saying Mori, is that the fact that Hayes died doesn't change the fact that he lived and cashed his checks as a hypocrite, which many Scientologists seem to be. Also, add those "free-speech" liberals to the list, too, the ones Harry is pissed off at.<br><br>Then again, we find out that the world is full of people like this.<br><br>Anyway... he lived a good life. He was a great artist. But in the end he compromised himself as a fucking hypocrite. It happens.<br><br>Unfortunately for us and him and Matt and Trey, he never came to make amends for his hypocrisy, so we are left with the most spectacular death scene ever created for a cartoon as his final epitath.<br><br>And I'm sorry, but I for one think it's fitting, because he let that Fruity Little Club fuck with his head and convince him that Xenu was out to get him and fill his body with thetans.<br><br>Whatever. The death of the great Skip Caray hit me much harder this past week. Heck, the death of Bernie Mac hits me harder.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 8:51 p.m. CST


    by NiceGuyEddie19

    Fuck Matt and Trey, and fuck you too.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 9:11 p.m. CST

    so when a scientologist dies

    by smackfu

    before their body is cleared of Thetans, do those remaining Thetans go flying off and possess someone else? Just wondering, because if you spend all your life and hundreds of thousands of dollars getting them removed, it kind of seems like a ripoff if *boom* you suddenly have 6 more to deal with because Isaac Hayes died. Hopefully Scientologists will figure out a way of determining who the wayward Thetans came from and be able to sue their families for damages.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Terrific obit, Mori

    by bravogolfhotel

    You paid proper respect to Mr. Hayes' large body of work, and your response to expert_40 is quotefile material. Thanks.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 9:45 p.m. CST

    And yet Cory Haim still lives.

    by Uncle Stan

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 9:58 p.m. CST

    I don't think Trey and Matt....

    by Jack_Of_Spades45

    Should be sorry about doing the "The Return of Chef," and I really liked and respected Isaac H. (I'm not saying the guy here who wrote his obit said that.) I mean, Trey and Matt are famous because they make fun of absolutely everything. They said they'd stop making episodes if anything ever became sacred. It was to be expected that they'd get rid of Chef the worst way possible.... But it would be cool if just this once they made an exception to their rule and did a tribute show to Chef of some sort.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    I thought that episode

    by Sithdan

    wasn't truly the end of the Chef character. I didn't think Stone and Parker would seriously write out Chef that way. Ever since Hayes left the show, South Park hasn't been the same. Deep down I always figured Hayes would return to the show somehow, and the "feud" he had with Stone and Parker would blow over. But it looks like that's not going to happen.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Walk on by, Mr. Hayes, Walk on by

    by Canada's King

    A music legend. This sucks.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Rest in Peace, Mr. Hayes

    by heyscot


  • Aug. 10, 2008, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Not to lessen the gravity of his death but

    by Geekgasm

    I thought he was already dead. Like a couple of years ago. After he allegedly had the alleged stroke and either quit South Park or someone quit on his behalf. So, yeah, that's all.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST


    by VictorVonDoom

    DOOM thinks this is Wayans plot! Hayes was in "I'm Gonna Git You, Sucka," with at least 2 Wayans', and Bernie Mac's first big screen role was in "Mo' Money," alongside 2 Wayan's.<p> DOOM has DOOMbots guarding Bernie Casey.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Rest in peace

    by thedottedlion

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST

    now here's a completely inappropriate clip

    by thedottedlion

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST


    by proper

    The first time I saw Issac Hayes was in Escape From New York.The Soundtrack to Shaft was quality obviously(it is) but my Favourite Issac Hayes Tune is Ike's Mood which I found because my Favourite Hip Hop tune growing up was the original version of Make The Music By Bizmarkie (the youtube 1 is the remix,good remix but still not the one I've got =>) which sampled it.In my opinion the sample gave the tune a timeless quaity and an atmosphere that has been unmatched by few tunes since when Issac Hayes turned up on South Park I was always reminded of the Summer of 86 so I'll always be thankful.R.I.P.

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 11:32 p.m. CST


    by Zozma

    is next. isaac, bernie and sammy l were working on soul men together. it gets released this year, i think

  • Aug. 10, 2008, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Black Moses, The Duke, Chef, is gone...

    by Lornsorrow

    I'll really miss Isaac Hayes. I was a teen in the 80's and first came to know about him in his role as the Duke of New York in the great film Escape From New York, and later on as the voice of Chef in South Park. What has really blown me away though is that I have recently checked out his music, his music career etc., and have really gotten to like his stuff. And I'm a life long Heavy Metal fan (Iron Maiden, Dio, etc.)! I have a pretty broad taste even though my main interest is metal. I'm also a big Nick Drake fan. But back to the topic. Just as I've started to really appreciate the music of Isaac Hayes it saddens me that he passes away. At least there are a lot of recordings of him out there, he put out a lot of records, and a lot of great performances. He will always be with us in song and in film. Here's to you Isaac Hayes! A man with a great voice and a big heart.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, midnight CST

    RIP Mr Hayes

    by travis-dane

    Sad day.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 12:04 a.m. CST

    One last comment

    by Lornsorrow

    In MY OPINION, I think it is a devastating shame and loss that black culture has, in many ways (though perhaps not entirely), given up and turned their backs on the rich music of soul performers like Hayes, for the likes of fuckin rap music. There is such treasure and such richness found in black soul and jazz! I hope one day that we will see a shift back to the likes of jazz , soul, R&B, etc., (or at least more diversity) in the music that black culture (or even culture in general) puts forth. There have been several deaths recently that have seemed to affect me one way or another, but no recent death has hurt me more fiercely than the passing of Hays. I miss you already man. Thanks for everything. YOU LIVE ON!!

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 12:50 a.m. CST

    I never liked "South Park." That episode made me hate it, period

    by StarWarsRedux

    That whole show felt like the ultimate example of their transgressive approach to humor. "South Park" is really little more than a bully-pulpit for those two guys, and I say that with pun absolutely intended. Their jokes very often don't really have anything to do with telling truth to power, or even necessarily telling the truth at all. Most of the time, they just express an opinion, while at the same time utterly ridiculing any oposition for expressing a dissenting view. In the end, most of their episodes just feel like laughing at somebody else's expense, and even if I don't like the person they're laughing at, it just doesn't feel right.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    starwarsredeux, i totally agree with you

    by soup74

    even though im a south park lover. i think you're right, they use the show as their own little soapbox, but i happen to agree with them (most of the time) so i still find it funny. is it any different than nancy grace, or anderson cooper, or rush limbaugh using their show as a soapbox? some people will agree and enjoy the show, and others will think its the worst trash on television.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 12:58 a.m. CST

    bad couple of days for the brothers

    by El Borak

    sucks for everybody though. damn.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 1:08 a.m. CST

    It's funny, but...

    by Charlie & Tex

    ...we all know that Issac Hayes was Shaft-ed over the lead role in that movie, but it was only on Friday that we watched Shaft's Big Score again, and - once more - couldn't find any trace of Hayes' song "Type Thang" in the film. Did they omit his one contribution to the sequel, not bothering to remove the credit, or does it just flash past in order to get his name on the poster/soundtrack?

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Mori, the SP ep. was tragic for Chef

    by TallBoy66

    I didn't think it was mean towards Isacc, even though his SP avatar was eaten alive and crapped himself, thier anger was directed towards Scientology for making Isacc leave - which may have not been the case, but Matt & Trey probably know better than us. Anyway, Chef doesn't turn bad or do bad things (even though he said shit), he's been warped by the "Super Adventures Club", and they are basically the cause of his downfall and death. So Chef, and Isacc, are tragic victims. As Kyle says at the end, they aren't mad at Chef because it wasn't his fault, "it was that fruity little club that scrambled his brain" (And, anyway, Chef comes back as Darth Chef, which is pretty badass.)

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Who was Bernie Mac again?

    by Symposium

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Also, Soul Men is officially cursed

    by TallBoy66

    Someone put Samuel L into protective custody- this is starting to look like the Joker targetting the bigwigs in Dark Knight. "Where's Harvey Dent... I'll settle for his loved ones!"

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 1:58 a.m. CST


    by F-18

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    The Dark Soul Knight Men

    by Bumpasses Dawg


  • Aug. 11, 2008, 2:23 a.m. CST


    by thelordofhell

    Abe Vigoda will outlive everyone!! All hail the great Abe Vigoda!!

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 2:48 a.m. CST

    God speed & God bless ya, Mr H

    by Charlie & Tex

    Scientologist or not, you provided many people with so much pleasure over the years and the world will be a duller place without you. If Stone & Parker say anything, tell 'em they got hit by a truck - Truck Turner!

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 3:10 a.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle

    First Bernie Mac, now this!

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 3:21 a.m. CST

    RIP Isaac

    by m_reporter

    Still can't believe this shit...

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Fuck you death!

    by GavinVanDraven

    shittiest year ever!

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 4:05 a.m. CST

    I wanna make love to ya...

    by GavinVanDraven

    children. man, the splicing of Chef lines in that last episode was hysterical. so obvious that they rehashed his lines to make him say the things that fruity little club made him say. that character got a proper sendoff on the show. but, dammit... the man himself, that just isnt right...

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 4:18 a.m. CST

    hello there children. hows it goin?

    by GavinVanDraven

    well. how bout i meet you boys after work and we. make love. come on children. you are my. sexual fantasy. lets all. make sweet love. i want to. stick my balls. inside your rectum. kyle. im gonna make love to. your asshole. children.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 4:22 a.m. CST


    by ReZourceman

    What a crazy week.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes...

    by halberd

    tell me it ends there for now. So much celebrity death in such short order... we gotta slow down the fatalities here. But I guess chances are it was bound to occur. My condolences to Sir Hayes and his family.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 5:21 a.m. CST

    I thought Darth Chef would be redeemed some day

    by CherryValance

    That's too bad. RIP

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    maybe he found out that he was in a space cult and died

    by ironic_name

    of shame.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 6:05 a.m. CST


    by ironic_name


  • Aug. 11, 2008, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Oh My God...They Killed Chef!

    by pokadoo

    ...You Bastards!! Duke of New York! A#1!! Rest in Peace Mr Hayes.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    This is awful news.

    by rbatty024

    I used to listen to the Shaft Theme Song non-stop in high school, and only later realized that the rest of his musical career was just as good. I always thought it was a damn shame most kids today only know him as the voice of Chef. Granted, Chef was always the best part of that TV show. Whenever there was a shitty South Park episode I would always perk up when Chef had a few lines. Damn shame.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 6:42 a.m. CST

    My wife is not a geek. I told her Isaac Hayes

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    died and she said "Wasn't he on the Love Boat?" Umm no dear he was not the bartender on the Love Boat. It got worse. She kept INSISTING it was. I basically had to ignore her. It wasn't even worth it to explain the CHARACTER on Love Boat was a bartender named Isaac, played by Ted Lange.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Shitty weekend

    by darquelyte

    First Bernie then Isaac. RIP Bruthas.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Truck Turner

    by Batou

    Truck Turner was an awesome film, and to this day the only Blaxploitation film that gets repeat viewing. What an awful start to the week so far. Bernie Mac, and now Isaac Hayes?

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST

    hmmmmmm it's NOT good

    by Russman

    Poor Issac. :-( RIP. A big time comedy TV producer died yesterday too, so I think there's the third celeb death

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Isaac Hayes gone!...

    by Kid Z

    ...Damn that "fruity little club"!

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    farewell you self righteous hypocrite

    by ArcadianDS

    lets see: mocking Jews? check.<p> mocking Christians? check.<p> mocking Muslims? check.<p> mocking Catholics? check.<p> mocking Scientology? WTF I QUIT!!<p> what a massive tool. Wont be missed.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Shouldn't some racist fucker be in here spoutin off about now?

    by finky089

    Braffed? <p> Oh well, good. <p> RIP, Mr. Hayes. I hope Richard Roundtree is somewhere living healthily.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST

    To Charlie & Tex

    by utz_world

    "Type Thang" - the INSTRUMENTAL version - is indeed in "Shaft's Big Score." It's the first song that's played when Shaft enters the Mother Ike club & the chick with the ginormous wig is dancing on stage. After she finishes dancing, they applaud her and Shaft lits her cig and gets info on where the bigwig is. Hope that helps.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Actually, I thought the South Park sendoff...

    by DarthCorleone

    ...was pretty damn classy. Yes, they mocked Scientology once again, and, yes, they killed Chef in an over-the-top manner, but that last speech took the gracious high road and wouldn't be a bad eulogy for the man himself.

  • There's Some dudes in a bar With busted heads and broken jaws What hit 'em? TRUCK TURNER! There's some pimps in their grave Who blew those pimps away? TRUCK TURNER! There's a girl that's so fine With stars in her eyes Who she love and who love her? TRUCK TURNER! Awesome song. Cool movie. Great dude. RIP

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Not a fan...

    by Banzai Rootskibango

    ...of Isaac Hayes...not a hater either. He was just one of those famous people that never really stuck out ot me. I could say some negative things about scientology but I won't. I hope that Cedric the Entertainer is next. That guys is stupid. Bollocks.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Zoidberg, Al Gore is not a stupid celebrity.

    by StarWarsRedux

    And "ManBearPig" is not a coherent commentary on global warming. It's episodes like that which mock a figure and the larger social argument they represent without actually adressing said social argument in meaningful ways that I believe help to hinder true discussion, instead of helping it. The makers of "South Park" would rather just laugh at problems, rather than use their platform to advocate actual positions, and that wouldn't be so bad in and of itself, except for the fact that everybody and their mother continues to treat them as if they WERE contributing to the discussion. It's not social-commentary-- it's just social trash-talk.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 12:33 p.m. CST

    It's not social trash-talk...

    by Banzai Rootskibango's a comedy show...get it? Comedy...supposed to make you laugh. Al Gore is an ass clown.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Ike's Rap is....

    by Calvin_Crack

    Not exactly a rap song. More like a spoken interlude. BUT ITS PERHAPS THE BEST SPOKEN INTERLUDE EVER. just listen to it, its hilarious.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Thank you for proving my point, Banzai.

    by StarWarsRedux

    You have my sypmathy.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    FCUK that hypocrite

    by decypher44

    Not sorry at all that he is gone.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 2:55 p.m. CST

    RIP Isaac Hayes

    by Munro Kelly

    If you get a chance, see Truck Turner. It's a pretty cool flick.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by Stuntmoose

    rest easy isaac

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 3:05 p.m. CST

    by Stuntmoose

    today is the 20th anniversary since my Dad died,a week after my mums 3rd anniversarysince she passed away. I know he was a hypocrite when it came to south park/scientology but lets not forget that apart from that he was a father,an outstanding musician and tried to help thoughts and best wishes go to his children and loved ones

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Trey Parker and Matt Stone can go suck a dick

    by TheWaqman

    retarded 10 year olds watch their show and think that its so smart and fucking relevant. All of the pop culture and celebrity references fucking suck and also the show is shite.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 4:28 p.m. CST

    could care less...

    by HoichiTheEarless

    ...about his religion or his spat with the South Park dudes. These fucking ingrates ripping him should inject themselves with an elixir that puts them in a coma so the rigor mortis can at least set in before they spew their indulgent, over-compensating for lack of self worth crap all over an obituary talk back. No one would miss ya even if the elixir lasts 30 years too long. Mr. Hayes, on the other hand, with his Shaft music alone left a mark you tools could never aspire to.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Hate to say it...

    by m.dung

    Paul Newman is next. RIP, Duke of New York.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST

    well said HoichiTheEarless

    by Stalkeye

    Issac had done far more than these whiny pussies who can't think of anything else but call him a hypocrite.So what if he had a change of heart and left the damn show.Fuck Matt and Trey, SP is way overrated, atleast Family Guy is funny.Show some respect bitches.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Call him Drunken Isaac Hayes, he won't answer anymore...

    by bah

    Oops, that's Ira.

  • Aug. 11, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Clearly, the Duke of New York was A #1...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Matt and Trey were badly hurt by Isaac's departure.<p>Sadly, so am I.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 2:45 a.m. CST

    To the haters...

    by a rolling stone

    You're behaving like adolecent cunts. The audacity of degrading the dead in a TB tribute to his passing?? Why do you bother???? I truly hope you live in Texas, so I can cross paths with you in real life. I'd love to be the instrument of the bad karma you have coming. Let go of trivial religious viewpoints and show some fucking respect for the dead. Why would you kick a buried man? What's the point in that? Seek psyche help. That shit ain't healthy.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Never Can Say Goodbye

    by Tacom

    I always loved that song and his version of it was great.

  • Aug. 12, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST


    by a rolling stone

    You're right. I guess ignorance brings out the worst in me.

  • Aug. 19, 2008, 4:35 p.m. CST

    The Baddest Mutha........

    by Screwbini

    A true talent and one of my all time favorite, I own every Isaac Hayes musical performance I could get my hands on. From his groundbreaking original compostions like the "Shaft" soundtrack (as well as the soundtrack to "Truck Turner", which was also quite good), to his classic reimaginings of "Walk On By", "By the Time I Get To Phoenix", "Never Can Say Goodbye", and "I Stand Accused", he was incomparable as far as I'm concerned. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform at the Apollo Theater in the 70s, and it was the best concert I have ever been to in my life. I hung around after the show to see if I could catch a glimpse of him leaving, and I was lucky enough to get his autograph and chat with him for a few moments. He was very gracious, humble, and funny, and I will never forget the experience of meeting him and seeing him perform. Oh, and one other thing - to AcardianDS, DeCypher44 and the other haters - you classless morons aren't fit to lick the boots of Isaac Hayes.