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10 funk songs that will bring the dance floor to a boil
The best funk songs of the 60s, 70s & 80s that should not be missing in any DJ record bag
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The best funk songs? About 40 percent of my extensive record collection (the best tips for vinyl care and storage) can be assigned to the funk genre. To make a selection of the ten most important songs is actually almost impossible. Nonetheless, I ventured into the subject.It was important to me to select songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and those that don't seem worn out and, based on my personal experience, work excellently “on the dance floor”.
Here are ten funk songs that should not be missing in any record pocket and that bring the dance floor to a boil.
The Meters "Cissy Strut" (1969)
The first single release from the debut album called "Cissy Strut" hit like a bomb. The Meters came around the corner with a new funk groove that has its origins in the traditional second line rhythm of New Orleans. In particular, the band members Joseph (Zigaboo) Modeliste on drums and Leo Nocentelli on guitar have influenced musicians of all genres around the world with their unique interplay of instruments and their infectious rhythm. As the saying goes: an "all time classic" (video link)
James Brown "Super Bad" (1970)
The fact that James Brown's house band turned their back on the "Godfather of Soul" for financial reasons was definitely bad for business. But musically this severe setback meant an absolute quantum leap forwards for Mister Brown. Out of necessity, the very young newcomers Bootsy Collins (bass) and his brother Catfish (guitar) were hired as a new combo by the local band "The Pacemakers" from Ohio. An absolute stroke of luck. Because Bootsy in particular turned out to be a real natural talent by helping the “On the One” concept of funk music, which was new at the time, to a perfection that had never been heard before. “Super Bad” was one of the first songs the new musicians recorded in the studio with James Brown and the result was an atomic bomb! With this song you can bring the dance floor to a boil in "JB-Style" without having to use the hackneyed sex machine lyre. Funky as Hell! (Video link)
Funkadelic "One Nation under a Groove" (1978)
This song is the absolute anthem of the P-Funk Movement by mastermind George Clinton. With its driving bass synth-heavy and heavy funk groove, this song must have been like a break from the omnipresent disco sound. An absolutely timeless masterpiece that lures even the most stubborn groove grouches onto the dance floor! (Video link)
The Bar Kays
“Freakshow on the Dancefloor” (1984) The Bar Kays were founded in Memphis Tenesse in the 1960s and enjoyed great success on the legendary Stax label in the early 1970s. Due to their unique ability to keep their finger on the pulse, they also managed to release successful albums in the 80s. One of these albums is "Dangerous" from 1984. It was the year of the breakdance wave and so the song "Freakshow on the Dancefloor" landed on the soundtrack of the dance film "Breakin", which made the song known worldwide. This uptempo funk smasher is a song with which the dance activity level can be brought to the maximum. (Video link)
Dam-Funk "Candy Dancin" (2009)
Damon Garrett Riddick aka Dam-Funk from LA is the undisputed king of "Modern Funk" and with the album released in 2009 he created a masterpiece. His unique keyboard playing has almost hypnotic qualities and ensures that his sound sounds pleasantly fresh despite numerous stylistic borrowings from the funk sound of the 80s. The song "Candy Dancin" is Dam-Funk's homage to the "Punk-Funk master" Rick James and his girl group "Marie Jane Girls". A very cool instrumental song that you can use in your DJ set for a non-vocal section (album version is an instrumental). Func on. (Video link)
Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers "Bustin Loose" (1979)
This song was the international breakthrough for the later "Godfather of Go-Go" Chuck Brown. The track's infectious up-tempo funk groove already suggests the musical earthquakes that would emanate from his hometown of Washington DC in the following years. Go-Go Funk! In addition to the Soul Searchers, bands such as Trouble Funk, Experience Unlimited (EU), Redds and the Boys groove brought the club scene. To this day, Go-Go, with its percussive, hard beats, razor-sharp horn riffs and call-and-response chants, is the typical DC sound! (Video link)
Rick James "Give to Me Baby" (1981)
After the well-known “Super Freak”, this song was the second single from the '81 album by the extravagant singer and songwriter Rick James. After the previously released LP had flopped mercilessly, the album "Street Songs" was about "life and death" or rather the continuation of the lucrative record deal with the renowned Motown label. So Rick James and his "Stone City Band" came back to life roots in the poorer neighborhoods of Buffalo City and released an album in which every single note “smelled of street.” Produced to the point, hard funk grooves and lots of “sexual content” in the lyrics and still provides a massive urge to move in the hips and legs to this day (video link)
Roger Troutman "So Ruff, So Tuff" (1981)
This classic from the first solo album by the front man of the formation Zapp was rightly quoted in many later songs. Roger reused the song himself for the '96 rap classic "California Love" by 2 Pac & Dr.Dre. And in the song "Westcoast Poplock" by Ronnie Hudson (1982), the entire basic groove of the song was taken over. Roger Troutman is the undisputed king of talkback radio and should not be missing in any funk set! (Video link)
Prince "Irresistible Bitch" (1982)
This is a rare song by the musical genius from Minneapolis. This song was recorded as part of the album "1999", but did not make it onto the LP. Instead, the song with the controversial title was published on the back of the now rare album single "Lets pretend we were married". The song went under with normal listeners, but legendary DJs like Egyptian Lover or Africa Bambaataa made the song an underground smasher. Rightly so, because the hard drum groove and Prince's unique vocals do not fail to have an effect on any dance floor. The insider tip among the funk crackers! (Video link)
Kleeer "Intimate Connection" (1984)
With “Intimtate Connection”, the legendary New York band created a relaxed, yet heavy mid-tempo electro-funk groove that remains unmatched to this day. And Andre Young alias Dr. Dre, who sampled and looped this classic for the remix of the song "California Love". An ideal song to “shift down a gear” as a DJ on a funk set in order to then “go full throttle” again. Your connection to the funk! (Video link)
Chuck Brown & amp; the Soul Searchers
As far as my favorites, and it is very clear to me that some readers may not agree with my selection and have completely different favorites. And that's exactly what I would like to know. You are cordially invited to "let off steam" in the comments section of this post.
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