November 3, 2017 at 10:25 pm #72222
One of Zimmy’s best ever comic zingers was to call the post-Wyman Stones “a funk band.”
Funny because they couldn’t funk their way out of a paper bag, of course, compared to a real funk outfit.
But what is funk, as opposed to soul, blues, r&b? I always thought funk had to have some stank on it and so I would say that although Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson, e.g., were super-funky, they did not play funk music. Do Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis make the funk cut? Very arbitrarily, I say no. For me, funk was/is James Brown, Funkadelic, The Meters, Sly & the Family Stone, The Ohio Players, Isaac Hayes, and, yes, Prince. What about white folks? Were Talking Heads a funk band? Were KC and the Sunshine Band? I would say yes, and yes.
All of this is unfair and personal, of course. Here are a few of my favorite funk tracks. What you got?
James Brown–“Papa Don’t Take No Mess”
Parliament/Funkadelic–“Give Up the Funk”
Reconstruction–“Make it Better”November 4, 2017 at 6:33 am #72231
This one is Funk’in great
Don't you think it's sometimes wise not to grow up?November 4, 2017 at 6:41 am #72232
Fred Wesley and the horny horns- a blow for me, a toot for you
Don't you think it's sometimes wise not to grow up?November 4, 2017 at 6:42 am #72233November 4, 2017 at 6:51 am #72234
Nice thread, maybe we should have a “recently released music” thread too
Don't you think it's sometimes wise not to grow up?November 4, 2017 at 8:46 am #72237November 4, 2017 at 8:50 am #72238November 4, 2017 at 12:44 pm #72285
Mebbe–it’s all in the ear of the beholder.
For me, the band came closest to funkification in:
“Can You Hear the Music?”
“Dance” (parts 1 and 2)
From the latter-day albums, maybe “Break the Spell” and “Rain Fall Down” came closest?
To my ears, Charlie is the main ingredient prohibiting them from truly funkin out. His patterns are just a little too basic to compete with the likes of Clyde Stubblefield or Ziggy Modeliste … drummers ARE funk, in my opinion.November 4, 2017 at 12:46 pm #72286
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