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Not to impressed with Bootsy's solo career

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Tupac, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Bootsy as a member of Parliament/Funkadelic is easily in my top 5 favorite bassists. Night of the Thumpasaurus Peoples, Cholly, The outro of Funkentelechy, Rumpofsteelskin, Sir Nose, Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication... and more. Just incredible bassline after another. When I checked out his solo career recently I was expecting a similar quality. But maybe the lack of inspiration from the other talented members of Pfunk put him off. All this stuff is just so lame as far as bass work goes, and everything else is bad too for that matter. It's mostly the same mundane, bubble gum pop esque beat going on for 5 minutes.

    Anyone want to agree/convince me otherwise?
  2. 10cc


    Oct 28, 2013
    I'm with ya. After I listened to everything Funkadelic and Parliment put out I started checking out all of the members other projects and thought the same thing about Bootsy. Motor Booty Affair is about a complete album as you can get. I'm more fan of the Funkadelic thing myself. Standing on the verge of getting it on is one sick record! I also like the bass groove in Hardcore Jollies. P Funk is one of my top five all time favs for sure. My friend was in the horn section on tour with them for a few tours whenever they hit the ATL he usually gets the call and can be found on-stage with all those fools. I also had a great opportunity back around 1999, we opened up for Bernie it was great! He said some wise zen like **** to me that stuck with me since. Sorry for the rant I'm just a huge fan of the ONE!

    "If you ain't gonna get it on, take your dead ass home!"
  3. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    Are you including Bootsy's Rubber Band in this? I noticed you didn't mention "Stretchin' Out," "Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!" or "Bootsy? Player Of The Year."
  4. avvie


    Oct 12, 2010
    Maui, HI

    I use Bootsy avatars, went as Bootsy for Halloween (won a contest!) have a Bootsy "Bass Player" magazine cover on my wall and have glittery spangles on my primary bass.

    I really don't care for his playing much at all since he didn't have to work for it any more. To me he's more of a character than a musician. Yeah, I get that he was an enormous part of the James brown sound and P-Funk's over-the-top style but he mostly seems to just be mailing it in. And his product demos are just plain awful...you'd think that he had no idea how his pedals worked.
  5. I'm not really impressed with your rap career, I'm just sayin....
  6. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    Bootsy would proably agree with you also, Tupac. while watching Bootsy Collins:UNSUNG, he mentions how the pressure of running his own act killed his creative vibe or something like that. he also was pressured into some of that popcorn music. :(

    but yeah,... the early stuff is better 90% of the time with any artist, IMO.
  7. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    Well, it's a living, I'd take his money and carreer over my day job and my music hobby any time. ;)

    EDIT: And his playing skills as well.
  8. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    No kidding I love his solo stuff to each his own.
  9. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    I totally agree to the point where his solo work for me, borders on unlistenable. Gimme the James Brown and P-funk Bootsy any day. Some of the tastiest bass work in history! Still gets props from me regardless.
  10. Maz


    Jan 9, 2011
    I'll go one further; I don't like most of his basslines with funkadelic. He was delicious in the JB's though.
  11. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    I remember a show in Ithaca Bootsy did in the 90s (w/ his Rubber Band maybe?) and it was a rip off. He was so drunk that he only played a few tunes and the band played the rest of the show without him. He'd come wondering on trying to be hip then play something terrible. Painful...
  12. 10cc


    Oct 28, 2013
    The last bass line I heard Bootsy hit that had a descent groove was groove is in the heart by Deee-Lite.
  13. Maz


    Jan 9, 2011
    I hate to have to tell you this, but the "groove is in the heart" bassline was a sample from a herbie hancock song. Bootsie may have played it live, but it wasn't his bassline. The way I understand it, Bootsy was brought in by the record label to make Dee-Lite seem more interesting.
  14. Savage_Dreams


    Jan 8, 2007
    YES! those 3 albums are enough for me to be ok with his not so exciting stuff. but then i love albums such as This Boot Was Made For Fonkin, the hardware album, & zillatron.
  15. "The One Giveth, the Count Taketh Away" is probably his best "solo" LP... and it was a long time ago.
  16. G-MonRV5


    Apr 29, 2008
    Did not realize either of these little tidbits of information. Interesting.

    Bootsy did spice up the video for that song.
  17. BobaFret

    BobaFret Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2008
    One of my favorites of his.

    Rag Poppin'
  18. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    let's not forget his arm/hand injury and that awful bout with "Crack"!:(
  19. Alex J

    Alex J

    Jul 5, 2011
    Him and Catfish were pretty awesome on the 'Superbad' soundtrack, and that was in 2007. I think he said in an interview it felt really strange for him to go back to playing without any effects.
  20. Session1969

    Session1969 Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2010
    Wiiiiiind me up ! Awesome stuff.