Friday, October 21, 2011

"The Funk(y)" : THE WEEKEND MIX

"There's a fine line between Funk, Disco and Soul."

You are so right, Shriner. So I think I covered my ass with the parenthetical 'y' in the title.

I'm seeing a Part Two in the near-future. Thanks for all the suggestions. I will confess right here and now, I am not a fan of George Clinton. Never got it. I do like Funkadelic more than Parliament, with Parliament's "Chocolate City" being my fave of them all. And I have to also say, seeing Parliament/Funkadelic from the first row at the Apollo Theatre on Thanksgiving Eve in 1989...all 4 hours of it...was one of most surreal concert experiences of my life. Still, not really a fan. 

But I digress.

Until we get to Part 2, here's what I was feeling, with a little help from Bill in the U.K., and some of you.  As usual, there are a few curveballs, as well as one or two that might irritate some of you. But, I love the way it plays, so maybe you will, too.

I'd also like to point out that when James calls out Clyde, and Clyde Stubblefield kicks in...I lose my mind. Now that's funky.

Thank you.

Get "Funk(y)!"


Chaos & Disorder- Prince
Funk #48- James Gang
Funky- Ultramagnetic MCs
Uptown- The Chambers Brothers
I Can Understand It- Carlton J. Smith
House Party- Tony! Toni! Tone!
Just Kissed My Baby- The Meters
Do You Like It- B.T. Express
Weak At The Knees- Steve Arrington's Hall Of Fame
Anti Love Song- Betty Davis
You Come Through- Tom Petty
Gimme That Funk- Dennis Coffey
Thank You- Sly & The Family Stone
Chocolate Chip- Miles Davis
Let A Woman Be A Woman- Dyke & The Blazers
Get The Funk Out Ma Face (Live)- The Brothers Johnson
Give It Up Or Turn It Loose- James Brown



Shriner said...

Picture reminds me of the Simpsons quote that will never leave my brain:

"You kids don't know Grand Funk? The wild shirtless lyrics of Mark Farner? The bong-rattling bass of Mel Schacher? The competent drumwork of Don Brewer? Oh, man!"


Great mix Sal -- thanks!

steve simels said...

You're obsessing on that Meters song this week, aren't you.

Sal Nunziato said...

@Steve Simels

I think I'm obsessing on that Meters photo.

Fielding Melish said...

Downloading the mix now... hopefully I can stay in my seat long enough to get some work done. Might get boogie fever.

buzzbabyjesus said...

What is the James Gang and Tom Petty doing here? There must be a Peter Frampton song you could crowbar into the mix!

Sal Nunziato said...

Did you listen to the songs Buzz, or are you just being difficult?

buzzbabyjesus said...

You get points for admitting non membership in the George Clinton Fan Club.
No I didn't listen to the songs. Although I admire it very much, I must never hear Funk #49 again. Even once more could kill me. At the least it would weaken me to the point where surviving a Tom Petty track on a funk compilation is out of the question.
And yes I'm being difficult.

Sal Nunziato said...

It's Funk #48. Seriously. Not 49. 48. It's worth 5 minutes of your time, especially in the context of a mix.

buzzbabyjesus said...

Thanks for being so gentle when I didn't even have the right song.
Funk 48 is funkier than 49, and I have to admit the Tom Petty song is pretty swingin'.

Sal Nunziato said...

That Petty track, I'm pretty sure, is produced by another whipping boy, Lenny Kravitz. And yes, it is pretty swingin'.

Anonymous said...

great mix , always liked "the talking heads' with georges band menbers

Mace2theO said...

The James Gang was an inspired choice, along with the Steve Arrington cut.

Just to be a geek on the Betty Davis track (from wiki):
"Her first record, Betty Davis, was released in 1973. It had impressive lyrics and funky grooves on songs such as "Anti Love Song," as well as an impressive list of musicians:

* Neal Schon (Santana/Journey) Doug Rodrigues (Buzzy Linhart, Lenny White) - guitar
* Gregg Errico (Sly & The Family Stone) - drums
* Larry Graham (Sly & The Family Stone and eponym of Graham Central Station) - bass
* Patryce Banks (Graham Central Station) - percussion
* Willie Sparks (Graham Central Station) - drums
* Hershall Kennedy (Graham Central Station) - horns
* Greg Adams (Tower of Power) - horns
* Mic Gillette (Tower of Power) - horns
* Skip Mesquite (Tower of Power) - saxophone
* Merl Saunders - electric piano
* Pete Sears - acoustic piano
* The Pointer Sisters - background vocals

"Anti Love Song" features Neil over the ToP horns, and it's still too funky.

...btw, surely you have more funk from NOLA up your sleeve for #2