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70's Funk

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by tomsewell, May 1, 2009.

  1. tomsewell


    Feb 21, 2009
    Tupelo, MS
    Did a search and couldn't really find a thread about old school 70's funk. I know it's not the genre for everyone but I'm sure there are plenty who have listened to and been influenced by it to some degree. I would list my top 3 favorite tunes, in no particular order:

    1) The Ohio Players - "Fire"
    2) Parliament/Funkadelic - "Tear the Roof of the Sucker (We want the Funk)"
    3) Kool and the Gang - "Jungle Boogie"
  2. Commreman

    Commreman Faith, Family, Fitness, and Frets Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    New Jersey
  3. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area
    I'm guilty of loving old funk lines as well. There are lots of great funk bands - Graham Central Station (Larry Graham), Leon Haywood, Barkays, Curtis Mayfield, Sly & The Family Stone, Brothers Johnson, Jamiroquai (modern funk), are the ones that come to mind without my morning coffee. I'm sure others will add many more suggestions I'm forgetting about at the moment. :cool:
  4. tomsewell


    Feb 21, 2009
    Tupelo, MS
    Yep, I missed that thread. Good stuff there.
  5. jymyben

    jymyben Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2007
    i'll play.....

    james brown,especially the era with the collins boys in the band...

    for me,it doesnt get any funkier or tighter than this performance....

  6. Average White Band always does it for me.
  7. 3toes


    Aug 30, 2006
    Charleston, South Carolina
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    I'm not much of a 70s/disco funk fan... but Tower of Power is always good.

    Now if you wanna discuss some NOLA funk... ;)
  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA

    You beat me to it! T O P!!!
  9. Anybody that has ever played tunes like this live knows the effect.....filling the dance floor!

    The cover band I play in now plays "Brick House" and "Play That Funky Music" and no matter what kind of crowd it is the dance floor fills up.....mission accomplished!
  10. Ablebasser


    May 16, 2008
    For me a really underrated gem of a funk track is Soulfinger by the Fatback Band, really nice raw bass sound, not busy but oh so funky.
  11. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    I tend to prefer ‘soul’ vs funk albeit it’s fine line. Great stuff.
  12. paul_wolfe


    Mar 8, 2009
    Firstly +10 on Tower of Power.

    Might be slightly out of genre but Paul Jackson's 70s work with Herbie is funky as anything.

    And finally - though it's 'disco' - Bernard Edwards played some seriously tight and funky grooves with Chic, Sister Sledge and others....
  13. bubinga5


    Jun 6, 2006
    Firstly, just want to say Jamiroquai is not funk, although i do love em, i would say there more jazzfunk than funk...Brand New Heavies are funkier..

    I tend to prefer ‘soul’ vs funk albeit it’s fine line. Great stuff.

    I always have loved the mix of funk/soul/groove/jazz...Soul funk is AWSOME! Look at 'Maze' for that!!!!! But for true Funk

    These are (imho) the best of the best..

    Maceo Parker (this guy is amazingly funky)
    Tower of Power
    James Brown
    Ohio Players
    Average White band

    many GO GO tunes..

    There is a fine line between Funk and genres like groove, disco, soul.
    for true funk that has no other influences (IMHO) starts with the above
  14. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    See to me James Brown straddles the soul/funk line. Which is why he was so good. Same w/ Sly.

    My $.02.
  15. dougjwray


    Jul 20, 2005
    Let's not forget New Orleans!
  16. netface


    Jan 27, 2008
    give it up for the 80's :ninja:

  17. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    The first part of J.B.'s career was as a soul singer. Funk came from soul and, yes, in many cases there is a fine line between the two. There is no "in a vacuum" funk. Any of the funk bands from the 70s were influenced by soul (many were soul bands who adopted the "new sound"), just as many (if not most or even all) were also influenced by rock. Listen to the guitar in Slave's "Slide"...

    Or Funkadelic, for that matter...
  18. DougD

    DougD Bassman7654

    Sep 19, 2002
    North Las Vegas NV
    Disco should not be confused with funk. They very different, but people get them confused all the time:rollno: Staying Alive (Be Gees)=Disco TOP? now that's funky:)
  19. powerbass

    powerbass Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2006
    western MA
    check out Slave's album "Show Time" & Earth Wind & Fire's tune September
  20. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    No, Bee-Gees = commercial unfunky disco. There's a lot of good disco out there and a lot of it is seriously funky. I'll take Bernard, Nile and Tony over T.O.P. any day...;)

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