School me on Funk.

IsaacIsaac Posts: 3,088
Of all the different musical styles, one, I admit, I have never looked into is Funk. Can you guys recommend some Funk to get me started?
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  • Jay GJay G Posts: 2,687
    lots of great stuff.  EWF, AWB, Sly.  However, IMO, it all begins and ends with Funkadelic.  Try on some Maggot Brain.  One of the greatest guitar albums of all time.  I would also highly recommend Funkadelic guitarist Eddie Hazel's Game Dames and Guitar Thangs if you can find it.
  • In addition to Earth, Wind & Fire...Sly and the Family Stone...and Parliament, I would highly suggest looking into the Godfather of funk -- James Brown and The Isley Brothers. And, of course, there's Prince too--who was influenced by all of the aforementioned artists.
  • Funkadelic is very hit or miss. They were always stoned out of their minds, and the production was usually terrible.  If you want to start with them, start with Parliament's Mothership Connection. It's more funk, and better produced.

    Try also, the Isley Brothers, Go for Your Guns, and some Sly and the Family Stone, and yeah, Earth Wind and Fire, some Slave.

    The thing with all of these bands is that none of them play JUST funk. They play some disco, some soul, some other things too.
    In the midst of the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.
  • EugenicScumEugenicScum Posts: 5,323
    Also add to the list of essentials:

    The Meters
    Mother's Finest
    James Brown!
    Check out my band: Bevar Sea
  • Mother's finest is great, but very much Rock.
    In the midst of the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.
  • StevilStevil Posts: 3,334
    James Brown, The Meters, Prince, Isley Brothers, Parlaiment, Sly & The family Stone, ...all essentials
    If you wanna dig a little deeper...
    One of my absolute favorite funk albums is "Wild & Peaceful" by "Kool and the Gang".
    Some great funk guitar on there too.. check this: "Make it Funky"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UurovoDl2Eo
    I love Mandrill (great funk tracks with some latin influences) check this: "Fencewalk"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ju8WoTeVVk
    They still kick ass today too... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCja3errb4w
    And Betty Davis (Miles Davis wife) played some dirty funk! check this : "F.U.N.K."
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNcohPUr1PI

    or "Shut off the light"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GWikmANtgM&feature=related
  • Stevil, nice call on the Prince.  :clap:
  • BreakfastimeBreakfastime Posts: 2,152
    Nile Rodgers!  As a player or as a producer, tha man knows what's funky!
    http://www.nilerodgers.com/

    Also, everybody previously mentioned.  Head on over to Pandora.com  and make yourself a radio station using Funkadelic, or Chic, or James Brown as your key artist.  You'll feel funkier in no time!
  • shaggyshaggy Posts: 861
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  • StevilStevil Posts: 3,334
    [quote author=guitarrednfeathered link=topic=10072.msg154789#msg154789 date=1267448645]
    Stevil, nice call on the Prince.   :clap:
    [/quote]

    Thanx...But credit where credits due, eanax_g was first.

    Prince kicks all kinds of funky ass!
  • Head on over to Pandora.com  and make yourself a radio station using Funkadelic, or Chic, or James Brown as your key artist.  You'll feel funkier in no time!
    Great idea.  Try before you buy, or you'll end up with a lot of disco too.
    In the midst of the sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.
  • merlo_zeppelinmerlo_zeppelin Posts: 1,405
    mayne a good way to get started os checking out rock/funk hybrids first, like Mother Finest, Glenn Hughues or Richie Kotzen.
  • I agree with many of the bands posted so far. A few years ago I listened a lot to funk and some of the bands I dug back then were:

    Parliament/Funkadelic
    Sly and the Family Stone
    The Meters
    Ohio Players
    James Brown

    I really liked Stevie Wonder too, he's more r&b but there's plenty of funky sounds and he released a few great albums.
    mayne a good way to get started os checking out rock/funk hybrids first, like Mother Finest, Glenn Hughues or Richie Kotzen.
    That's pretty much the only funk I listen to these days. I also like RHCP of course and some Stevie Salas, who used to play for George Clinton and also appeared on a few Glenn Hughes albums. Cool funk/rock guitarist.
  • VandenbergVandenberg Posts: 3,916
    Brothers Johnson, get the funk outta my face! Plus Larry Graham and Graham central station, not only funk, but funk bass at its finest to, this is mucho funk, add Bootsy collins rubber band stuff to really go the full hog.
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