Funk Factory

Ohio Players
Let's go to our job in the funk factory! The Ohio Players were formed in Detroit in 1959, but became most succesful in the mid-seventies, when they were influenced by Sly & the Familty Stone. Their 1974 Mercury debut, 'Skin Tight' launched the hit title track. Its follow-up, 'Fire', remains the Players' masterpiece. The album topped the charts and the super funky title cut reached top ten in the Netherlands. 1975's 'Honey', which featured perhaps the Players' most controversial and erotic cover, was another monster, generating the chart-topping masterpiece 'Love Rollercoaster' in addition to the hits 'Sweet Sticky Thing' and 'Fopp'. Their funk smash 'Who'd She Coo?' from 1976's 'Contradiction', was the Players' last number one R&B hit. 'O-H-I-O' from 1977's 'Angel', was their last major hit on any chart, and as the 1970s drew to a close, the band's fortunes continued to decline.

Rose Royce became famous for the Norman Whitfield-produced MCA soundtrack to the Richard Pryor movie 'Car Wash'. With its hand-clapping, funky intro, exciting vocals and the band's great performance, the title track became one of the biggest disco songs ever, leaping to #1 on the pop and soul charts. Fortunately, the group turned out to be neither a one-hit-wonder nor just a disco band. 'Car Wash' moved Rose Royce to the head of the R&B pack. In 1978 Rose Royce proved to be a great love song group, hitting the charts with two now-classic ballads, 'Wishing On A Star' (later redone by The Cover Girls and Beyoncé) and 'Love Don't Live Here Anymore' (covered by Madonna and sampled by Dr Dre) from the top five album 'Rose Royce Strikes Again'. In the 1980s their 'funk factory' started to struggle to keep up with contemporary music, just like The Ohio Players.

The remixed song by Postive Flow is from a brand new album called 'Reflowed', which is out on Tokyo Dawn Records.


Rose Royce – Funk Factory (1977)
Brass Construction – L-O-V-E-U (1977)
Ohio Players – Who’d She Coo (1976)
Johnny Hammond – Gambler’s Life (1974)
McFadden & Whitehead – Movin' On (1983)
Black White & Co – Action For Love (1980)
Fatback Band – Let The Drums Speak (1975)
Linda Williams – Elevate Your Mind (1979)
Sun – Radiation Level (1979)
Bill Harris – Am I Cold, Am I Hot [Long Version] (1975)
United Future Organization – Magic Wand Of Love (1994)
Positive Flow (Feat. Omar) – Do What I Do [Chino Yoshio & Quartet Remix] (2015)
Steve Harvey (Feat. Donnie) – Keep My Name Out Your Mouth [Eddy’s Edit] (2006)
Bah Samba (Feat. Alice Russell) – So Tired Of Waiting (1998)
Van McCoy – Soul Cha Cha (1976)
A Man Called Adam – Love Me To Death (1989)
Angela Johnson – Music's My Religion (2014)
Ernie Hines – Our Generation [Monk Straightened Out Edit] (1972)
Johnny Nash – You Got Soul [S.T.S Re-Edit] (1968)


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