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getting funky?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by the_majik_bum, Mar 23, 2002.

  1. the_majik_bum


    Jan 27, 2002
    just recently, ive fell in love with funk, but i don't know many funk artists or albums, so could you people give me the funkiest bands/artistists/albums/songs that you know of.

    thanks a lot
  2. well, first of all this thread should be in misc. ;)

    but about funky artists, James Brown! he's the funkiest guy on the planet!


    check out some of his stuff, I would recommend any best of cd with him.
  3. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    Yeah, or George Clinton & The P-Funk Allstars!
  4. The Gap Band, The Brothers Johnson (get the funk out of my face!), The Ohio Players...
  5. The Bar-kays, Stevie Wonder (don't act hard you know that is a good example of funk), Average White Band (pick up the pieces was a kick *** song).
  6. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    Don't forget Sly and the Family Stone, the Meters, or Tower of Power.
  7. the_majik_bum


    Jan 27, 2002
    sly and the family stone is the band ive been into right now, and the one thats gotten me into funk.

    is that boostys collins guy any good? he seems really funky, what band is he in?
  8. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    In comes in all shapes, sizes, colors
    Textures, and flavors
    But don't be fooled
    Because you've got the old school
    And the new school
    You see there are no rules
    You've got your discount
    Dog mount funk
    You've You've got your half-price
    Pete Weiss funk
    In fact you've got al ittle bit of your low brow
    High brow pee wee pow wow funk
    You've got your uneducated funk
    As well as your educated funk
    And trust me when I tell you
    That funk comes in between
    Indeed the funkiest dude I ever knew
    Displayed the funk that was always true.
    It ain't no mystery
    It's just a little bit of history
    Funk's been around as long as earth
    In fact funk's as old as dirt.
    Defunkt P-Funk rock' em
    With the we funk
    The madder the monk
    The fatter the funk
    The bigger the beat
    The quicker the feat
    My friends come funky
    With the funked up heat
    Never gonna be no torn up relic
    I gotta lotta love for Funkadelic
    Breakin' it up shakin' up your frustration
    You gotta get with Graham Central Station
    Layers and layers and layers
    Of the musical mayors
    My o my Ohio Players
    The crazy love I know
    Comes from that Funk-O-Joe
    Dr. John's around that I know
    P-Funk is the bomb I'm on
    So be good to my ear-hole
  9. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
  10. check out John Scofield's album, 'Pick Hits Live'...that is an awesome CD...it has Gary Grainger on bass and Dennis Chamber on drums...and all of you who know Dennis Chambers, you know it't gonna be funky.

    Also check out Herbie Hancock with the Headhunters (when he was still signed up with Columbia Records). Paul Jackson layed down some solid, funky basslines.

    Gary Willis is also very funky (my fav.) :)
  11. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
  12. FUGAZI!
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Actually there have been a lot of threads like this in "Recordings" where people have put up long lists of the funkiest recorded tracks/albums!

    I've actually contributed to about a dozen by now!
  14. air_leech


    Sep 1, 2000
    still, the funkiest album I heard is the Interstate '76 soundtrack (dont go looking for this in the sountracks section! its a PC game).

    also check out Stanley Clarke and some of the stuff on the Acid Jazz thread.
  15. beermonkey


    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Here is something that I posted a while ago on a similar topic thread. All this stuff will get you hip to The Funk baby, ya dig?

    Funk 101: Press Play Sucka

    Soul Vaccination - Tower of Power (live)
    James Brown's Greatest Hits (or better yet, get Star Time: James Brown boxed set)
    The Best of Sly Stone
    Song Review - A Greatest Hits Collection - Stevie Wonder
    The Best of Kool & the Gang: 1969 - 1976

    extra credit: The Funk Box - purple velvet boxed set that is 4 cd's and is basically a history of funk. Go to amazon.com and search "the funk box", it will be the first hit

    Funk 102: Shake Dat Ass

    Earth, Wind & Fire's Greatest Hits
    The History of Funk vol. 2 - compilation cd, every record store I've ever been to has this series (there are 6 volumes, 1/2 - 5, 2 is the best in my opinion, followed closely by vol. 3)
    Back in the Day - Bootsy Collins
    The Best of Graham Central Station
    Any Parliment Funkadelic "best of" cd, as there are about 3 of them "Tear the Roof Off" is a good one
    The Ultimate Isley Brothers

    Funk 103: Yeah, That's Real Nice

    Blood Sugar Sex Magic - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Mother's Milk - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Traveling Without Moving - Jamiroquai
    Righteous - Dag
    Truth & Soul - Fishbone

    Listening to copious amounts of Tower of Power is always a good thing to do, Rocco and David Garibaldi are just retarded-good players and much groove can be learned from them. Probably the best TOP albums to get (aside from the live one mentioned above) are "Tower of Power", "Urban Renewal", and "Back to Oakland".. oh yeah, and "Live and in Living Color".

    Go now, and feel the funk y'all.
  16. Lipis Roman

    Lipis Roman

    Mar 5, 2002
    Here's some classic funk albums you'll wanna check out, different flavors of the funk...

    James Brown - The Payback
    Isley Brothers - Go for your guns
    BlackByrds - City Life
    Maceo & The Macs - Us
    Sly & the Family Stone - Stand
    Crusaders - 1
    Ohio Players - Skin Tight
    Parliament - Motor Booty Affair, Mothership Connection
    Funkadelic - Cosmic Slop, Let's take it to the stage
    Brothers Johnson - Looking out for #1
    Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
    Fred Wesley & the JB'S - Damn right I'm somebody
    Herbie Hancock - HeadHunters
    Commodores - Machine Gun
    Defunkt - Defunkt
    Tower of Power - Urban Renewal, T.O.P
    Slave - The Concept
  17. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Lot of good stuff listed here. For the more established groups like Parliament Funkadelic, Bootsy's Rubber Band, Ohio Players, Earth Wind & Fire, Cameo, ConFunkShun, Sly & The Family Stone, Isley Brothers, you'd do best to get a Best of or Greatest Hits CD collection.

    I'm shocked and horrified that nobody's mentioned Prince yet. If you want PRince at his funkiest, get "Sign O' The Times" and some of his New Power Generation stuff.

    My vote for a sleeper in this category, the now defunct Toni Tony Tone'.


    James Martin

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