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“Is there funk after death?”



P. Funk Wants To Get Funked Up

“Funk upon a time, in the days of Funkapuss, the concept of specially designed afronauts capable of funkatizing the galaxies was first laid on man child.”









This is about new music … and old music.



There is a new song on the radio that kind of sounds like a Morris Day and the Time <which is good>.


And it sounds like some good ole time funk. The good stuff.

Bands like … Sly & the Family Stone. Ohio Players. Brothers Johnson. Good Rick James.



funk uptown 1Which is why this post is highlighting the new song, Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson, and highlighting my favorite ‘best of’ funk.



I will admit something personally.


Truth be told if I could do it all over again I would have been a bass player in a funk band.

I would have been in heaven.



But I can’t.


So every once in a while I put on a funk playlist on Pandora and dream a little.



For today?


I will begin with Uptown Funk.



It’s really at about the 1:08 mark when the horns kick in that funk take over.



Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars.







Now on to the really good stuff.


The old school funk.
I will give you the great music without the bad fashion.



I have to begin with Sly.


Sly & the Family Stone.


What a songwriter and what a band.


Their first greatest hits album <I think> only drew from 3 albums. And every song on it is spectacular.


Here are the two I never get tired of:


If you want me to Stay:


Sing a Simple Song:





Next on my list is the Ohio Players.

Most people think of LoveRollercoaster as a Red Hot Chili Peppers song … and even though they do a nice job with it … it is an Ohio Players song.



And the Peppers don’t even come close to the original version.


In fact.


Pick out almost any original Ohio Players song and it is awesome funk. It is funk at its best.


My top 3:












Skin Tight.






Love Rollercoaster.







I would be remiss if I left out The Brothers Johnson Get Da Funk Out Ma’ Face:

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Get Da Funk Out Ma’ Face




And I have to include Rick James.



All I can say is “Everybody dance on the funk  …………”



You & I <single version>:





You & I <full 8 minute version>:








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The masters of funk … Bootsy Collins and George Clinton … to me their songs were mostly unlistenable.


I love a good driving bass underlying an awesome pop-like melody … and Bootsy & George mostly created what I think of as ‘jam funk.’ A living breathing rambling song format. It just was mostly stuff I could not wrap my listening mind around.
With a couple of exceptions.


Flashlight <of course> is timeless funk.


But the best of Parliament?




This is when they because part of culture.



Tear the Roof off the Sucka.
Priceless timeless stuff.






Give Up The Funk

(Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)

And because the title of this post is a Sly Stone song … here it is live … great fashion statement … great funk:

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“Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”



I will never tire of listening to good funk music.

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