Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky Part 5

Let's funk around the Christmas tree! ;-) Funk saw the light of day in the mid sixties when James Brown recorded ‘Papa’s got a brand new bag’. At that time he had developed his signature groove that emphasized the first beat ('on the one'). This distinctive sound was picked up by others in the late sixties. Bands like Sly & the Family Stone, Funkadelic and The Meters took it to another level the next decade. It was a huge influence on disco music. Funk disappeared from the map in the mid-eighties. Then hip hop and later on house started to push it to the side. James Brown complains in ‘Rapp payback’: I know you heard of Master Gee / But you didn't hear nothing / About J.B.! ;-)

Probably the first funk song I heard on the radio was 'Fire' from The Ohio Players, although it was called disco at the time. It's still one of my all time favourites. Part 5 of Everything I do gonna be funky is a little bit different from the previous parts, because there's only one song with 'funk' in its title ('Breaking the funk'). Enjoy! And don't forget to listen to my Tribute to pirate stations on Soundcloud!


Zed Bias – Night Lovers (Feat. Sam Frank) (2011)
Prince – Controversy (1981)
Ford & Lopatin – Too Much Midi (Please Forgive Me) (2011)
Pointer Sisters – If You Wanna Get Back Your Lady (1982)
Cutty – Naughty Times (1984)
Con Funk Shun – Burnin' Love (1986)
The Bar-Kays – Holy Ghost (1978)
James Brown – Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses?) (1980)
Faze-O – Breaking The Funk (1979)
Banda Black Rio – Ms Cheryl (1980)
Chi-Lites – Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So) (1970)
Chocolate Milk – Blue Jeans (1981)
Pleasure – Glide (1979)
Ohio Players – Fire (1974)
Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me (1980)
Brief Encounter – We Want To Play (1981)


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