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Funky songs that are not "Play That Funky Music ..."

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by oldrocker, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. oldrocker


    Feb 13, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    If a traditional classic rock band that yes, plays Mustang Sally, Sweet Home Alabama, Sweet Caroline and some of the other typical cheesy songs wanted to add some funky songs that were not Play that Funky Music what do you thing would go over well.
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  2. You can take a funk approach to a lot of rock tunes. I've done "Long Train Running" that way and that's just one example. "It Your Thing" by the Isley Bros. is core funk tune. Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" would be more of a Motown funkified tune. Look at some Philly Soul tunes and James Brown stuff as well. You'll find good funk tunes there.
  3. oldrocker


    Feb 13, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    I'm thinking more along the lines of -

    Super Freak
    Rock Steady - Aretha
    Low Ride - War
    Get Ready - Temptations or Rare Earth
  4. oldrocker


    Feb 13, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    Thanks - Superstition might be a good one but I don't consider LTR funky. Maybe a bit of syncopated rhythm but not really funky to me.
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  5. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Miss You by the Stones can get pretty greasy if you let it. But almost any song with a good beat and a strong bass line can be made funky. We've played funky versions of Down By The River, for instance. Not really a terribly upbeat song to start with, but anything is possible.

    Almost anything by the Temptations, James Brown, etc.
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  6. James Brown
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  7. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Cake - Short Skirt Long Jacket
    Commodores - Brick House
    Ohio Players / Red Hot Chili Peppers - Love Rollercoaster
    Earth Wind and Fire - Shining Star
    Stevie Wonder - I Wish
  8. The cover version isn't. That's why I suggested making it so. That's how we managed it in two different bands.

    It's just taking a well known tune and reworking it with a different feel and Long Train Running is one that can work that way. IMHO Funk is about style and attitude so you can take some rock tunes and dial them in that direction.

    "Josie" by Steely Dan is a funkified kind of tune. Or look back at the '70s when funk was all over the pop charts.

    The thing is I don't know how your band is configured or what you all are capable of so I'm just throwing out ideas.
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  9. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    'get down tonight'. the chicks that dig mustang sally will dig this tune. trust me.
  10. Tom Jones' version of Come Together (which, by the way, is the only acceptable version of Come Together).
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  11. oldrocker


    Feb 13, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    We already do Come Together - mostly the Beatles version.
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  12. sigterm

    sigterm ;) ;) ;), love y'all Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2003
    Atlanta G of A
    Bee Gees - you should be dancing

    Luther vandross - funky music . You thought you'd get around that kind of answer but you didn't and the song is awesome
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  13. Here's an example of "It's Your Thing" done by a band with no horns or keys. Just guitars, drums, and bass. Now imagine a song like Long Train Running or any other tune that may fit the groove done this way. But as it stands "It's Your Thing" is a great example of a tune any band can perform this way if they can capture this "feel".

  14. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
  15. give it away - red hot chillies
    uptown funk - bruno mars/mark ronson
    get lucky - pharrell williams
    heard it through the grapevine - but the FM version not marvins
    chain of fools - little caesar version
  16. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    Whole catalogs-
    Fly and the Family Stone
    Earth, Wind and Fire
    James Brown
  17. Then do Tom Jones' version instead. :)

    Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
    Ain't that peculiar - Rufus
    Don't change horses in the middle of a stream - ToP
    Higher Ground - SW
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  18. RichardW


    Feb 25, 2016
    near Philly
    Isley Brothers
    Tower of Power, and if you can cop this bass line, my hat is off to you:
  19. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    If you want something with a rock funk edge, there is Mother's Finest.

  20. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009

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