Jump to content
  • Sign Up
Godzilla

What's Your Favourite Funk 45

Recommended Posts

Just started reading the comments on last night's BBC 4 documentary but stopped as I've not seen it yet. However, as these days Soul Sourcers are pretty open minded about funk, I thought it might be interesting to see what sort of funk people like.

So, Deep funk, funky Northern, funky R&B, disco funk, jazz-funk, JB style grooves - whatever floats your boat - why not chuck a few tunes up to show what sort of funk you like and maybe a few lines to explain why. They can be super rare/obscure or just a well known tune that you love to bits. Anything goes as long as it's funky. If you don't like funk then that's your prerogative, but this thread is just not for you and I'll reluctantly lock it if anyone comes on just to say that.


I'll start the ball rolling with the one that I definitely never tire of: Tony Alvon and the Belairs - Sexy Coffee Pot - Atlantic.

It's that explosion of rock hard drums, pounding base and kick ass guitar on the intro that never fails for me. 10 seconds in and there are horns, bubbling organ and exultant shouts. What follows is an amazing series of syncopated breaks and 2 minutes later it's all over. An astonishingly exhilarating dance record.

Edited by Godzilla

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just started reading the comments on last night's BBC 4 documentary but stopped as I've not seen it yet. However, as these days Soul Sourcers are pretty open minded about funk, I thought it might be interesting to see what sort of funk people like.

So, Deep funk, funky Northern, funky R&B, disco funk, jazz-funk, JB style grooves - whatever floats your boat - why not chuck a few tunes up to show what sort of funk you like and maybe a few lines to explain why. They can be super rare/obscure or just a well known tune that you love to bits. Anything goes as long as it's funky. If you don't like funk then that's your prerogative, but this thread is just not for you and I'll reluctantly lock it if anyone comes on just to say that.

I'll start the ball rolling with the one that I definitely never tire of: Tony Alvon and the Belairs - Sexy Coffee Pot - Atlantic.

It's that explosion of rock hard drums, puonding base and kick ass guitar on the intro that never fails for me. 10 seconds in and there are horns, bubbling organ and exultant shouts. What follows is an amazing series of syncopated breaks and 2 minutes later it's all over. An astonishingly exhilarating dance record.

 

That record - I'd never heard of it - about 5 years ago I bought a collection and he also gave me a bag of mixed 'rubbish', Elvis, Stones, non-Northern Soul stuff like that, there was a copy of this in there!  Sold it on ebay to someone in Japan.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That record - I'd never heard of it - about 5 years ago I bought a collection and he also gave me a bag of mixed 'rubbish', Elvis, Stones, non-Northern Soul stuff like that, there was a copy of this in there!  Sold it on ebay to someone in Japan.  

Jammy! :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For me it would be: 

Leroy & The Drivers - The Sad Chicken (Duo).

Incredible from start to finish. :rofl:

 

Edited by Weego

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For me it would be: 

Leroy & The Drivers - The Sad Chicken (Duo).

Incredible from start to finish. :rofl:

 

 

Cracking. These were the kind of tunes that opened my eyes to a new world!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There really are SO many great funk records and artists to pick from.

I just want to say that for me - there can be only one undisputable king - JAMES BROWN - for a number of reasons:

 

*The sheer amount of great records - unprecedented.

*He pioneered the whole genre.

*His intensity when he sang, love those screams and grunts - SOOO copied by others.

*His amazing bandmembers with all the various setups - The James Brown Band/The James Brown Orchestra/The JBs... Maceo, Fred Wesley, Jabo, Pee Wee, Bootsy, etcetera.

Also the great "call and response" between Brown´s higher voice and Bobby Byrd´s darker.

* When James Brown cut soul - it was funky, and when he cut funk - it was soulful!

 

Also love DYKE AND THE BLAZERS!!!

Prefer this kind of more organic, soulful funk before say, Zapp or Funkadelic.

So hard to pick one, but at gunpoint I would probably go for "Super Bad", closely followed by "Turn It Up Or Turnit A Loose", "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved" and "We Got More Soul" by Dyke!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Also, if you aren't particularly aufait with Funk, you can do a lot worse than picking up a copy of The Sound Of Funk Vol1 on Goldmine.

 

I worked in a clothing / record store in the early 90s, and we sold about 50 copies of the LP, because it was quality from start to finish.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love this, it's just infectious. Somebody else likes it.....my Mrs teaches a lass who told her she was named after it.

 

Bobby Newsome - Jody, Come Back and Get Your Shoes

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A toss up between James Lewis Fields:

 

and

 

Dyke and The Blazers:

 

 

 

 

Although there are 100s of Funk tracks that I love, but can't get on with a lot of the current so called Funky Northern...

 

I'm the same - I prefer the harder stuff than the stuff that get played as Funky Northern - although to be fair, I heard some stuff at 100 Club that turned my head last time I was there. That James Lewis Fields track is just a surefire dancefloor winner though isn't it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Love this , Lunar Funk - Mr. Penguin - Bell

 

 

 

Fook knows what makes you do a 45 called Mr. Penguin but hey Ho ! and who the F is Music Mike ???

 

 

:wink:

Edited by SWIFTY

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Now I know this isn't for everyone :lol:

However it's been a big want of mine for ages and I managed to get a copy at a decent price earlier this year. Julio Gutiereez was a band leader, composer and arranger from Cuba who made some really influential recordings in the 50s and 60s. On this 45 however it sounds like he'd got hold of a sound effects record and decided to use as much of it as he could get away with.

The result is one nutty tune! I love it because it kind of captures the craziness of a big city: during the course of the record you hear what sounds like alarms and sirens, a break in, a hold up, a shoot out and some hookers plying for trade - one of whom, if I'm not mistaken, is a transsexual. I listened to it six times straight when I first heard it - much to Mrs G's delight (not...)

It's manic, a bit all over the shop, but as funky as hell and in all honesty not like anything else I've ever heard. Turn it right up - and hold on to your seats!


The Sound Of Julio Gutierrerz - Fun K City - Vico


Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Love this , Lunar Funk - Mr. Penguin - Bell

 

 

 

 

Fook knows what makes you do a 45 called Mr. Penguin but hey Ho ! and who the F is Music Mike ???

 

 

:wink:

swifty you don.t know who music mike is  :ohmy:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Probably a daft question but why do a lot of funk tunes reference a  "Jody " in the vocals , is this refering to someone or a slang name  for someone ? , seems to have heard quiet a few with it in for it to be a coincidance

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Probably a daft question but why do a lot of funk tunes reference a  "Jody " in the vocals , is this refering to someone or a slang name  for someone ? , seems to have heard quiet a few with it in for it to be a coincidance

 

 

Think we've done this before, but here it is anyway: it's the guy that stays at home when everyone else has gone to war. Naturally he'll mess with your woman...

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Jody

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mayfield pusherman

Jb - make it funky

The jbs - doing it to death

In 75 we use to go to a club in Oxford St called Crackers - it finished at 2 in the morning we use to walk back to Waterloo station and sleep on the trains until the cleaners threw us off then were bunked the train home - one of the biggest sounds in the clubs was Casanova brown Gloria Gaynor you tube it an enjoy - still got it on the juke box - classic

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There really are SO many great funk records and artists to pick from.

I just want to say that for me - there can be only one undisputable king - JAMES BROWN

 

 

Agree, he created the thing.

 

Talking about James Brown,I love Hank Ballard's LP on Polydor :

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In my early years of being into Northern I was taken by Shack up by Banbarra, hearing it on holiday with a friend down in Bournemouth in 1976.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest FrostyJak

Love them commercial 70's grooves

Movin' Brass Construction

Do It (Till You're Satisfield) BT Express

(Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop Fatback Band

Funky Stuff Kool & The Gang

The Boss James Brown

Me & Baby Brother War

Hot Pants (I'm Coming) Bobby Bird

Dazz (Disco Jazz) Brick

Does any where play this stuff anymore ???

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some of my favourites from the late 70's Wigan Casino 'Nighters

Rimshots - Do what you feel - Stang

Luv - Crazy Changes - PGH Funk

Bang Gang - Who says honkies ain't got soul - Midget

The Players - Find my way - Chocolate City

Brainstorm - Lovin' is really my game - Tabu

I also loved Parliament/Funkadelic, just to chill out.

Edited by Dave Ward

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest FrostyJak

Some of my favourites from the late 70's Wigan Casino 'Nighters

Rimshots - Do what you feel - Stang

 

:thumbsup: gud shout yooth

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some of my favourites from the late 70's Wigan Casino 'Nighters

Rimshots - Do what you feel - Stang

Luv - Crazy Changes - PGH Funk

Bang Gang - Who says honkies ain't got soul - Midget

The Players - Find my way - Chocolate City

Brainstorm - Lovin' is really my game - Tabu

I also loved Parliament/Funkadelic, just to chill out.

 

just had to put this up for those who dont know it, the bang gang

 

 

plus a similar classic, trickshot-sexxy soul

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lee Dorsey - Vista Vista, The Rhythm Machine - Freakish love,Nu Sound Express - Ain't It Good Enough For You,King Coleman - The Boo Boo Song, Eddie Bo - Whatch Gonna Do, Darker Shades Ltd. - Trackin' Down Jody, Charles Earland - Let The Music Play, The Black Exotics - Theme Of Blackbyrds, Nikk - Hard Times, The Shadows of Soul - The Shadows of Soul (pt1), Smokin Shades Of Black - Grease Wheels, Third Flight - Third Flight, Wayne Cochran - Chopper 70

 

and the daddy, you cant beat this: Lonnie Liston Smith - Expansions...

 

Mal;_)

Edited by Mal C

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Love them commercial 70's grooves

Movin' Brass Construction

Do It (Till You're Satisfield) BT Express

(Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop Fatback Band

Funky Stuff Kool & The Gang

The Boss James Brown

Me & Baby Brother War

Hot Pants (I'm Coming) Bobby Bird

Dazz (Disco Jazz) Brick

Does any where play this stuff anymore ???

Loving that selection ....... we do a night in Portsmouth called FUNK KLUB (well, I help out with the funk klub DJs) once a month. Only in a bar, but plenty of funk!

 

We have a guest DJ each month too, this is the recent one with Dom Cater as guest. His set for the first hour of this and then a bit of a free for all for the second hour:

 

https://soundcloud.com/funk-klub/dom-cater-281114mp3

Edited by hipshaker 05

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.

Related Soul Music Links

×

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.