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Funk recommendations sought. All types. That's all. Thank you.
July 25, 2012 8:57 AM   Subscribe

Funk recommendations sought. All types. That's all. Thank you.

If I like Sly and the Family Stone, P-Funk and George Clinton, James Brown and Cameo, who else will I like? Era irrelevant.
posted by beshtya to Media & Arts (49 answers total) 60 users marked this as a favorite
For a newer funk-fusion group, check out Fort Knox Five!
posted by floweredfish at 9:03 AM on July 25, 2012 [2 favorites]

Can - Halleluwah
posted by Burhanistan at 9:13 AM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

(And Can's Moonshake is a great funky as is much of their output in the early 1970s.)
posted by Burhanistan at 9:14 AM on July 25, 2012

Hell, check out a whole compilation of German funk.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:17 AM on July 25, 2012

posted by Beardman at 9:26 AM on July 25, 2012

Trouble Funk.
posted by Atom12 at 9:27 AM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

The Meters.
posted by Beardman at 9:27 AM on July 25, 2012 [5 favorites]

Stomp by Brother's Johnson is my current summer jam. (but I like the disco side of funk.)
posted by vespabelle at 9:27 AM on July 25, 2012 [3 favorites]

New Orleans Funk
Saturday Night Fish Fry is also great, but out of print

Rufus Thomas
posted by hydrophonic at 9:30 AM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

And don't forget Funk Factory (that track was the basis for "Car Thief" by the Beastie Boys).
posted by Burhanistan at 9:32 AM on July 25, 2012

posted by reverend cuttle at 9:32 AM on July 25, 2012

Here's a post I made about Iftin, or Somali funk.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:34 AM on July 25, 2012

The Politicians
posted by Thorzdad at 9:40 AM on July 25, 2012

Betty Davis.
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:43 AM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

Oh sorry. Looks like the DL link on that blog is dead.
um...MeMail me...if you're interested...
posted by Thorzdad at 9:46 AM on July 25, 2012

(And while I'm touting Great Women Of Funk, try Meshell Ndegeocello and Chaka Khan's stuff with the band Rufus. Both are further down the Philly soul – disco – go-go – hip-hop axis than the stuff you're listening to now, but both are fantastic.)
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:59 AM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

And speaking of go-go: Chuck Brown.
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:01 AM on July 25, 2012 [2 favorites]

They rode off into the sunset long ago but Chucklehead was awesome, particularly their first album Big Wet Kiss.
posted by usonian at 10:03 AM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

Oh dear dear dear. I had to compile a 24-hour-long funk mix for my Burning Man camp last year. Here were my source discs.

Bay Area Funk - Funk & Soul Essentials from San Francisco, Oakland, and the Bay Area 1967-1976
California Funk
Carolina Funk: First in Funk
Cold Heat: Heavy Funk Rarities, Vol. 1: 1968-1974
Florida Funk
Invasion Funk Masters
King Funk
Midwest Funk: Funk 45s from Tornado Alley
New Orleans Funk
New Orleans Funk 2
Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of 1970s Funky Lagos
Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump
Nigeria 70: Sweet Times: Afro-Funk, Highlife & Juju from 1970s Lagos
Southern Funkin': Louisiana Funk and Soul 1967-1979
SuperFunk series
Texas Funk 1968-1975
West Indies Funk
What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977)
posted by mykescipark at 10:04 AM on July 25, 2012 [4 favorites]

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
occasionally get funky (and Daptone Records will have a lot of stuff - primarily the Budos Band)

Isley Brothers

Marie Queenie Lyons

(My favourites are all right at the intersection of soul and funk - and thanks for this question, so I can explore the funkier side.)
posted by peagood at 10:06 AM on July 25, 2012

Classic 70's funk:
Ohio Players
Wild Cherry
posted by TedW at 10:08 AM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

Oh, man. This jolted a memory of Fugi.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:12 AM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

posted by littlecatfeet at 10:45 AM on July 25, 2012

Also, some awesome funk blogs:

Funky Frolic
Old Soul Music
Soul Treats!
Ultimate Soul and Funk Music
posted by mykescipark at 10:52 AM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

The soundtrack from Driver: San Francisco is tipping me even further down a funky rabbit hole. Here's a Spotify link; not all of them are funk or gems so I found this handy for checking tracks out before heading to iTunes.

favorites from Driver SF:
Beat Me 'til I'm Blue, Alan Hankshaw
Rock Steady, Aretha
Funky So-and-So, Sugarman 3
How You Like Me Now?, The Heavy [missing Keen Eddie, if you must ask]
Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley, Robert Palmer

other favorites:
Popcorn 69, Juicebox; whole album
Funk Talk, Southside Movement
Eleanor Rigby, Aretha
Jumpin' Jack Flash, Thelma Houston [so fab!]
Raw Grapes, Calypso King and The Soul Investigators; this entire album is win
I Want Justice, Jimmy Hughes

other great albums:
Sample My Funky Groove
What It Is! Funky Sounds and Rare Grooves
Funk Instrumentals

And finally, don't count out Roosevelt Franklin, just 'cause he's a muppet. It ain't easy bein' felt.

I am going to get nothing else done today.
posted by mimi at 10:55 AM on July 25, 2012

posted by Sidhedevil at 11:03 AM on July 25, 2012

I've had Karl Hector's Soul Sauvage d'Afrique Paris DJs podcast on the Sansa Clip for several weeks now and I'm not sick of it yet.
posted by Currer Belfry at 11:06 AM on July 25, 2012

And while he's in my jazz bin, Jimmy McGriff is awesomely funky.
posted by mimi at 11:10 AM on July 25, 2012

Soul Searchers - Salt of the Earth
posted by rhizome at 11:15 AM on July 25, 2012

Stanley Clarke - School Days
George Duke - Reach for It
Tom Browne - Funkin' for Jamaica
posted by fuse theorem at 11:18 AM on July 25, 2012

Trouble Funk (who were recently sampled by Kindness)

Alan Moorhouse is a good jumping off point for funk from production music libraries.
posted by phrontist at 11:24 AM on July 25, 2012

ditto Daptone Records & The Meters
posted by juv3nal at 11:57 AM on July 25, 2012

Fela Kuti.

I would link to more songs but there are too many to choose from.
posted by RabbleRabble at 12:33 PM on July 25, 2012

The sadly now-defunct Dag.

Also Tower of Power.
posted by bendy at 1:03 PM on July 25, 2012

Swamp Dogg
posted by Chenko at 1:17 PM on July 25, 2012

You might like Robert Randolph and the Family Band, 'cause they can get as funky as all get-up.

Also, look into the movement known as "DC GoGo" (or just GoGo, but contemporary, not '60s shindig tunes) which will lead you to stuff like Rare Essence.
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 4:31 PM on July 25, 2012

Great stuff here, but shamefully missing is Ivan Neville's Dumstaphunk. Yeah, you can guess where that bloodline flows from.

I just realized I've only seen them live; Highly recommended if they come to your town, but I have some shopping to do!
posted by a_green_man at 4:47 PM on July 25, 2012

Jimmy Castor
Not everything from Isaac Hayes is heavy funk, but he had his moments.
Likewise Curtis Mayfield, esp. Superfly
Marva Whitney
Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
Cliff Nobles & Co.
Bootsy Collins
Brass Construction
Peter Brown
People's Choice
BT Express
Dazz Band
The Jonzun Crew
Black Rio: Brazil Soul Power 1971-1980 is a great compilation of funk-infused samba soul.
posted by hydrophonic at 8:00 PM on July 25, 2012

2nding the Midwest Funk compilation from above. Wanda Davis!
posted by hydrophonic at 8:05 PM on July 25, 2012

posted by hydrophonic at 9:15 PM on July 25, 2012

I love this electro-funk solo.
posted by circular at 10:04 PM on July 25, 2012

Betty Davis is madly ahead of her time.

Baby Charles is some newer, but very funky in an old style way.

The Budos Band is more jazzy.

More Budos Band

I'm not sure if Keziah Jones is funk, but here's Nigerian Wood
posted by nevan at 2:50 AM on July 26, 2012

BBC Radio 6music has a 3h Sat night funk show you can listen to here: The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show

Another favourite of mine are the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
posted by u17tw at 4:56 AM on July 26, 2012

posted by my face your at 5:40 AM on July 26, 2012

Can't believe I forgot about this -- also check out the Numero Group label's reissues. While not everything is funk, there is a lot of great stuff there. They put a LOT of work and care into their reissues (these aren't of the 'let's find 20 songs and slap them together' variety) and the quality is amazing. Their website has a good audio section where you can sample all kinds of albums.

Numero's Eccentric Soul series, while obviously mostly soul music, has some funky stuff, and the Cult Cargo series has a more international flair to it. I don't own any albums from the Good God! series, but I've heard great things.
posted by RabbleRabble at 7:34 AM on July 26, 2012

Here Come the Mummies!
posted by jpdoane at 9:28 AM on July 30, 2012

Sorry - heres some more Mummies without Bob and Toms annoying laughtrack
posted by jpdoane at 9:29 AM on July 30, 2012

Robert Malkin posted an enormous number of Youtube videos on G+ for awhile:
posted by talldean at 1:22 PM on July 31, 2012

I stumbled across this album today and had to run back to share the funky funky funk, courtesy of John Paul Jones:

Madeline Bell – Comin' Atcha
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 5:18 PM on August 4, 2012

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