On the One: The funk, the whole funk, nuthin' but the funk

  • November 3, 2017 at 10:25 pm #72222
    StrongBeach
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    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 3, 2017 at 11:01 pm #72223
    stonehearted
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    The Brothers Johnson

    November 3, 2017 at 11:11 pm #72224
    stonehearted
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    Tavares

    November 3, 2017 at 11:21 pm #72225
    stonehearted
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    Barely White

    November 3, 2017 at 11:25 pm #72226
    stonehearted
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    Marvin Gaye

    November 3, 2017 at 11:32 pm #72227
    stonehearted
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    Billy Paul

    November 4, 2017 at 3:45 am #72228
    stonehearted
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    Aretha

    November 4, 2017 at 3:49 am #72229
    stonehearted
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    Dusty

    November 4, 2017 at 6:33 am #72231
    Marianita
    Participant

    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
    Marianita
    Participant

    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 #72233
    Marianita
    Participant

    Don't you think it's sometimes wise not to grow up?

    November 4, 2017 at 6:51 am #72234
    Marianita
    Participant

    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 #72237
    Marianita
    Participant

    Don't you think it's sometimes wise not to grow up?

    November 4, 2017 at 8:50 am #72238
    Marianita
    Participant

    Don't you think it's sometimes wise not to grow up?

    November 4, 2017 at 10:59 am #72244
    Cocaine Eyes
    Participant

    Funk?

    ~CE 🌿

    November 4, 2017 at 12:44 pm #72285
    StrongBeach
    Participant

    Funk?

    ~CE 🌿

    Mebbe–it’s all in the ear of the beholder.

    For me, the band came closest to funkification in:

    “Can You Hear the Music?”

    “Fingerprint File”

    “Hot Stuff”

    “Hey Negrita”

    “Some Girls”

    “Dance” (parts 1 and 2)

    “Slave”

    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
    StrongBeach
    Participant

    Nice thread, maybe we should have a “recently released music” thread too

    We should!

    November 7, 2017 at 4:22 pm #72367
    Cocaine Eyes
    Participant

    Give UP The Funk;

    ~CE 🌿

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