Power Trio - Funky songs from 80s and later.

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Lobomov, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. Lobomov


    Aug 2, 2013
    Hi All

    We've put together a 4 piece band of drums, bass and one guitar + vocals, where our singer , well she is from a family of jazz musicians, so we are not really looking to rock, but play dance music.

    The 70s are just floding over with material, it just a giant cookie jar of great dancable songs that work with a small band .. but once we hit the 80s our inspiration dries out.

    So help us out ... do you have any good ideas of dance songs, that work in a power trio setting?
  2. Ptfmwb. I'm pretty sure that's 80's.

  3. Lobomov


    Aug 2, 2013
    Ptfmwb is already the list - its a 70s song :D

    But thx :)
  4. bhunt1

    bhunt1 Vintage Lefty Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Older than dirt ;)
    I've been looking for songs like that for my band. A couple I came up with are:
    80s Pop:
    The Fixx - One Thing Leads to Another
    Duran Duran - Rio or Girls on Film
    anything by MJ - Billie Jean, Thriller, etc
    Also if you want some R&B or Hip Hop type stuff:
    Bust a Move - Young MC
    Gettin Jiggy Wit it - Will Smith
    No Diggity - Blackstreet
    Get Lucky - Daft Punk
    Some of these would def be better w keys, but I think you could get by with guitar/bass/drums on most. Check out Oli Brown's cover of No Diggity or this cover of Poison by Bell Biv Devoe:
  5. Anything by Jamiroquai! Especially the early Stuart Zender on bass era.

    And the new Daft Punk album is funky as all get out. It has Nathan East pumping on bass!

    Blurred Lines was really hot this past summer.

    Dial in your radio to the pop station(s), theres lots of modern dance stuff people would dig.
  6. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    I played I a trio with a singer for about 10 years. Our goal was not to play everything like the original recording, but just to do a good job on everything we played. Once we stopped worrying about sounding like the original, a lot of songs opened up.
  7. Prince.
  8. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    Do you want to play dance music, or specifically funky dance music? Cause if it's just dance music, then I'd just start looking at the biggest dance hits right now - "Wake Me Up" and "Timber" especially.

    But if you want funky then, yeah, "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" are slightly older but excellent suggestions and will not sound very out of place in a setlist full of 70s funk.
  9. Huh? Current "Funky" power trio's?
  10. +1 on Get Lucky and Blurred Lines. Not my favorite songs, but they are fun to play!
    Lets not forget the other song of the summer. Suit and Tie - Justin Timberlake. That half time groove at the beginning and during Jay Z's part... damn, makes me have faith in some top 40 pop music, it's killin.

    Kiss - Prince (highly recommend this one, completely guitar based)
    I Wish, Superstition, Signed Sealed Delivered - All by Stevie Wonder
    Billie Jean - MJ
    Will It Go Round in Circles - Billy Preston (I think you can play this one without all the horns and keys, but it takes a funky and creative guitarist)
    Use Me - Bill Withers

    How about Red Hot Chili Peppers?
  11. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    White Lines is a great song to play as a three piece. Great bass line.
  12. Ever get the feeling you're getting old?

    You can play a lot of songs in funk groove if you don't mind offending the odd twit purist listening to your cover band.

    How about some Michael Jackson?
  13. Lobomov


    Aug 2, 2013
    Get lucky was one of the few, that I found on my own, but thx for the rest ... I've absolutely forgotten that White Lines existed btw :)
  14. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I'm subbing for an upcoming gig and one of the tunes is "Kiss." It can be pretty funky in a 3pc. setting.
  15. Asher S

    Asher S

    Jan 31, 2008
    The Police: more reggae/rock than funk, but some jazz as well, especially in the later albums. Sting's solo albums too.
  16. randyripoff


    Jul 12, 2008
    I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz
    I.O.U. - Freez
    Oh Sheila - Ready For The World
    Jungle Love - The Time

    If you've got any other singers, you might try things like Atomic Dog or (Not Just) Knee Deep.
  17. Lobomov


    Aug 2, 2013

    That one btw reminded me of Wot - Captain Sensible

  18. Lobomov


    Aug 2, 2013
    Then surfing on further on youtube, Talk Talk suddenly hit me .. with it's my life already being covered by No Doubt giving our singer a female perspective.
  19. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    The Talking Heads
  20. bearfoot


    Jan 27, 2005
    schenectady, ny
    I'd even have to say that, if you're not going to cover MJ, you have the wrong band concept.

    Bowie "Let's Dance" was a #1 sandwiched between MJ #1's

    P-funk stayed funky as hell through the years, but no hits...