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Post Your Top 20 Old Skool Song List!

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by GGirl, Jun 7, 2005.

  1. I was just listening to some R&B oldies and really realized that many of these songs were the beginnings of my love for bass. If you have any old skool tunes that you love, just add to the list.

    You Know How to Love Me
    Shake It Up Tonight
    Don't Stop the Music
    Keep Your Body Workin
    Just An Illusion
    Disco Nights (Rock Freak)
    Its a Love Thing
    And The Beat Goes On
    Stranger (LTD)
    You're the One for Me
    Back In Love Again
    One Night Love Affairs
    I'll Do Anything for You
    Square Biz
    Try Jah Love
    All Night Thang
    Before I Let Go
    Funky Sensation

    Brooklyn GGirl
  2. Fire
    I Wish...

  3. A Few More:
    Ai No Corrida
    Rubber Band Man
  4. Mr.Phil


    Apr 9, 2005
    Upstate NY
    Hmmm... When I think "old school" R&B bass, none of those songs come to mind. This probably stems from differences in the definition of R&B. However, I do agree with the Jamerson comment. I would say that anything Mowtown counts.
  5. Yeah, I guess I am lumping in a few genres together: Disco/Funk/Dance/Soul under R&B. Apologies for generalizing.

  6. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Cameo Rigor Mortis
    Brass Construction L-O-V-E U
    Chocolate Milk Action Speaks Louder Than Words
    The Barkays Move Your Boogie Body & Too Hot To Stop
    Brick We Don't Wanna Sit Down
    Fatback I Like The Girls
    Raydio You Need This (Thanks JimK! :) )
    Graham Central Station Earthquake & The Jam
    The Time The Stick & 777-9311
    One Way Pull Fancy Dancer/Pull
    Earth, Wind & Fire Build Your Nest
    Heatwave Ain't No Half Steppin'
    Funkadelic Cholly
    Parliament Rumpofsteelskin
    The Isley Brothers Livin' In The Life/Go For Your Guns
    Bootsy's Rubber Band I'd Rather Be With You & Hollywood Squares

    I could easily list hundreds! :)
  7. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Damn, I was about to say Run DMC and Grandmaster Flash. Wrong school.
  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999

    No problema.
    ...and thanks again for the Nitti disc!
  9. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    In addition to what's been posted...
    Let's see, back when I started moving from Rock to R&B/Soul/Funk, it was stuff like-

    Brick-"Dazz", "Dusic", "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody"
    Heatwave- "Boogie Nights","Super Soul Sister", "The Groove Line", "Eyeballin'"
    Rufus- "You Got The Love", "Tell Me Something Good"
    Narada Michael Walden- "Tonight I'm All Right", I Shoulda Loved Ya", "The Real Thing"(AI's Randy Jackson rips on this one!)
    Pockets- "Come Go With Me"
    LTD- "Holding On"
    Grey & Hanks- "You Fooled Me", "(Love To See You)Dancing"
    Thelma Houston- "Don't Leave Me This Way"
    Cheryl Lynn- "To Be Real"
    Tavares- "It Only Takes A Minute", "Whodunit"
    Spinners- "Games People Play"
    Con Funk Shun-"Ffun"
    Commodores- "Fancy Dancer", "Come Inside", "Squeeze The Fruit"
    AWB- The entire AWB, Cut The Cake & Soul Searching albums


    Couple of instrumentals worth mentioning-
    "Scorpio"- Dennis Coffey
    "Midnight Soul Patrol"- Quincy Jones(I Heard That! album).
  10. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    If you're mentioning instrumentals, "Hang Up Your Hang Ups" by Herbie Hancock. And do you remember, although not an instrumental, Ronnie Jordan's "Jackal"?
  11. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Don't remember Ronnie Jordan's "Jackal".
    ...although that did remind me of Ronnie Laws' "Always There". ;)

    FWIW, I really liked 'Funk/R&B' instrumentals of that era-
    "Contusion"- Stevie Wonder from Songs In The Key Of Life
    AWB- "Sweet & Sour" from Warmer Communications(Best album cover...EVER!).
    "Sao Paulo" & "Savoir Faire"- Chic

    Even the ones that had a tad of vocals like "Open Sesame"(Kool & The Gang) & "People's Choice" by People's Choice...IIRC. ;)
  12. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I can email it to you. It's bad.
  13. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Do it...just so you know, I'm still on 56k. ;)

    I have downloaded music, though...my Dell DJ came with $25 worth of freebies from Music Match; takes about 30 minutes for me to download a 4:00 minute tune. Blecchhh.
  14. lucas vigor

    lucas vigor Banned

    Sep 2, 2004
    Orange County, Ca,
    Give it to me baby..Rick James
    Just a touch of love...Slave
    Burn rubber on me...the gap band
    Are you single...aurra
    Everybody dance (yowsa yowsa yowsa)..Chic
    Let's groove tonight..EWF
    Let me groove with you...cameo

    Man, there are so many more..but Rick James is the man! I still think that is about the funkiest bass line ever written!
  15. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    The Message, Grandmaster Flash, was funky!
  16. Grandmaster Flash +1 :)
  17. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    Me too... I might look a bit lame when I'm rockin' "Proud to be Black" by Run DMC, but I rock it hard.
  18. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Square biz-Teena marie
    Ineed your lovin-Teena Marie
    Knee deep-Parliment
    Reach for it-George duke
    Runaway-Loleatta Holloway
    You got the love-Rufus
    Groove to get down-Tconnection
    So much trouble in my mind-Joe Quarterman and free soul
    Can I change my mind-Tyrone Davis
    It's ashame-Spinners
    Peck your neck-Mandrill
    Pleasure-Ohio Players
    Put your mind in your pocket-Politicians?
    Funky walk/ Uhh/ let a woman be a woman-Dyke and the Blazers
    Double Cross-First Choice
    Don't give it up-Linda Clifford
    I was made to love her-Stevie Wonder
    Snapshot/ watching you-Slave
    Lovergirl-Teena Marie
    Pop it (rock what you got)-One way

    I got 300 more! :)
  19. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Barry White Playing Your Game, Baby
    Al Green Love And Happiness
    Bobby Caldwell What You Won't Do For Love & Down For The Third Time
    LTD Love Ballad
    T.S. Monk Bon Bon Vie
    Lakeside It's All The Way Live
    Peter Brown Dance With Me & Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me
    Evelyn "Champagne" King I'm In Love
    Sly & The Family Stone Thank You For Talkin' To Me, Africa
    Gil Scott-Heron Angel Dust
    Jesse Johnson Can You Help Me
    Prince DMSR & Lady Cab Driver
    Jeanette "Lady" Day Come Let Me Love You
    Captain Sky Super Sporm
    Skyy Here's To You & Call Me
    B.T. Express Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)

    Now this one is not R&B, Funk, etc. but Burnin' Sky by Bad Company is Old School & funky! :)
  20. Back In Love Again - LTD
    Bad Mama Jama - Carl Carlton
    Before I Let Go - Frankie Beverly & Maze
    Behind the Groove - Teena Marie
    Best of My Love - The Emotions
    Between The Sheets - The Isley Brothers
    Bon Bon Vie (Good Life) - TS Monk
    Boogie Nights - Heatwave
    Changes - Imagination
    Disco (That's Where the Happy People Go) - Tramps
    Do It Till You're Satisfied - BT Express
    Do You Love What You Feel? - Rufus & Chaka Khan
    Do You Want to Get Funky with Me? - Peter Brown
    Doctor's Orders - Carol Douglas
    Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Santa Esmeralda
    Don't Look any Further - Dennis Edwards
    Don't Stop the Music - Yarbourough & Peoples
    Double Dutch Bus - Frankie Smith
    Encore - Cheryl Lynn
    Everybody Dance - Chic
    Fantastic Voyage - Lakeside
    Fire & Desire - Rick James/Tina Marie
    Five Minutes of Funk - Whodini
    Funkin for Jamaica - Tom Brown
    Funk You Right on Up - Sequence
    Genius of Love -Tom Tom Club
    Get Off - Foxy
    Get Up (Rock Your Body) - Machine
    Give It To Me Baby - Rick James
    Groovin You - Harvey Mason
    Haven't You Heard - Patrice Rushen
    Heartbeat - Tanya Gardner
    Hey DJ Just Play That Song - World Famous Supreme Team
    I Found Lovin - Fatback Band
    I Got My Mind Made Up (C'Mon You Can Get It, Get It Girl....) - Instant Funk
    I Hear Music in the Streets - Unlimited Touch
    I Like What Your Doin' to Me - Young & Company
    I Shoulda Loved Ya - KC & The Sunshine Band
    I Specialize in Love - Sharon Brown
    If You Think You're Lonely Now - Bobby Womack
    If You Wanna Be Happy (for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife) - Jimmy Soul
    I Get Lifted - George McCrae
    I'll Do Anything For You - Denroy Morgan
    I'll Take You There - Staple Sisters/General Public (Raggae Version)
    I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross
    I'm in Love - Evelyn Champagne King
    I'm Ready (Are You Ready?) - Kano
    I'm Your Boogie Man - KC & The Sunshine Band
    In the Bush - Musique
    Jack and Jill - Raydio
    Jam on It - Newcleus
    Jazzy Sensation - Afrika Banbaata & the Jazzy 5
    Jungle Boogie - Kool & The Gang
    Just a Touch of Love - Slave
    Just an Illusion - Imagination
    Keep on Jumpin - Musique
    Keep on Truckin' - Eddie Kendricks
    Keep Your Body Workin - Kleeer
    Let it Whip - Gap Band
    Let's All Chant - Michael Zager Band
    Let's Start the Dance - Bohannon
    Livin it Up (Friday Night) - Bell & James
    Love Come Down - Evelyn "Champagne" King
    Love Machine - Miracles
    Lover's Holiday - Change
    Love's Train - Con Funk Shun
    Mama Used to Say - Junior
    Mandolay - La Flavour
    More Bounce to the Ounce - Zapp
    Move on Up - Destination
    Must Be the Music - Secret Weapon
    Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
    Not Just Knee Deep - Funkadelic
    One Nation Under a Groove - Parliament Funkadelic
    Party Train - The Gap Band
    Pass the Dutchie - Musical Youth
    Play at Your Own Risk - Planet Patrol
    Pow-Wow (Pass the Peacepipe) - Cory Daye
    Rock Skate Roll Bounce - Vaughn Mason
    Rock Steady - Whispers
    Rock the Boat - Hughes Corporation
    Rock Your Baby - George McCrae
    Rubber Band Man - Spinners
    Searchin' To Find The One - Unlimited Touch
    Shake It Up Tonight - Cheryl Lynn
    Shame - Evelyn Champagne King
    Situation - Yaz
    So Fine (So Fine, Blow My Mind) - Howard Johnson
    Somebody Else's Guy - Jocelyn Brown
    Square Biz - Tina Marie
    Standing Ovation - GQ
    Take Your Time Do It Right - SOS Band
    The Dude - Quincy Jones
    The Glow of Love - Change
    There But for the Grace of God - Machine
    This Time Baby - Jackie Moore
    Try It Out - Gino Soccio
    Walkin on Sunshine - Eddy Grant
    Watchin' You - Slave
    We Got the Funk - Positive Force
    Whatcha Gonna Do About It - Rosalin Woods
    When You Wake Up Tomorrow - Candy Staton
    You and I - Rick James
    You Can't Change That - Jack & Jill
    You Know How to Love Me - Phyllis Hyman

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