I have been a metal/hard rock guy all my life. I have always listened to other types of music and RHCP are one of my fave bands. Although I guess you might put them in a hard rock category at times. I have always had a soft spot for Parliament/Funkadelic even at my rockinest most. Mothership Connection is a brilliant album. Lately, after reading about some of the bassists in Bass Player mag, I have branched out (never leave my metal roots behind entirely) and am really starting to appreciate bands like Earth Wind and Fire and Tower of Power. Now sometimes I will admit the ballady stuff bores me a bit but even some of that is very good to my ears. The tunes with a full on, slammin' horn section have just as much oomph as my metal faves although in a different way (if you know what I mean).My question is who are the new bands doing high powered funk? I have no idea as I have never really followed the genre.