unknown funk songs

Red Hot Chili Peppers – If You Want Me To Stay

Here is some early punk funk from my man Taylor. This cover of Sly and the Family Stone’s “If You Want Me To Stay” is from the album Freaky Styley, one of two albums with the true RHCP lineup before Hillel Slovak died of a drug overdose in 1988 (the other is The Uplift Mofo Party Plan). Freaky Styley was produced by George Clinton, principal architect of P-Funk, and features great jazz musicians Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker on horns. Flea (the bass player from RHCP) touted his jazz musician skills which most people probably never recognize by playing trumpet on this album.

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on December 23rd, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Lee Fields – Honey Dove

Sorry Daily Song Fix has been missing in action this week. I develop websites, blogs, and web applications for a living and these past couple weeks have been really busy. Taylor, a Daily Song Fix reader, sent me a great suggestion – Honey Dove by Lee Fields. I had not heard of Lee Fields before Taylor mentioned him but according to Taylor, “Honey Dove” is a “great soulful song by the classic funk artist Lee Fields. Currently performing with The Expressions on the Truth and Soul label and putting out solid funk and soul!” I definitely agree that this is some solid funk and soul. I will be paying more attention to Lee Fields in the future. Thanks Taylor!

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on December 18th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Poets Of Rhythm – Guiding Resolution

Poets Of Rhythm were formed by two brothers in the 1990’s and recognized as one of the first “retro-soul” groups – contemporary artists who based their sound around classic R&B styles of the ’60s and ’70s. Since their formation, other great bands such as Breakestra and The Bamboos have joined their musical circle to produce this style of music. However, all three groups are unique and funky in their own way.

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on November 20th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street

Bobby Womack started his career as lead singer of his family musical group The Valentinos and as Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist. Film director Quentin Tarantino used “Across 110th Street” in the opening and closing sequences of his 1997 film Jackie Brown.

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music on November 16th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Deep Banana Blackout – Big Thing

“Big Thing” is off of Deep Banana Blackout’s 2001 album Feeling The Peel. I love the chorus melody and the solo in this song.

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Posted in Forgotten Music, Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on September 23rd, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Jamrioquai – Planet Home

“Planet Home” is off of Jamiroquai’s super funky 1999 album Synkronized. Fun fact – Jamiroquai is not the lead singer’s stage name, it is the name of the band that originally included Jay Kay (vocals), Toby Smith (keys), Stuart Zender (bass), Nick Van Gelder (drums), and Wallis Buchanan (didgeridoo). The name Jamiroquai is a portmanteau of “jam” from Jam session and “iroquai” from the Iroquois Indians.

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Posted in Forgotten Music on September 18th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Brownout – Laredo 77

From Brownout’s MySpace page:

If ever a band could boast having a complex genealogical tree, that band is Brownout. The eight-piece, Latin funk ensemble based in Austin, Texas, is both offspring and germinating seed to Grammy-nominated Grupo Fantasma. The latter in turn traces its roots to when Austin based Blue Noise Band and The Blimp, from booming border town of Laredo, Texas, converged in its conception.

Brownout may well be Grupo Fantasma’s psychedelic Latin funk little brother, an offshoot of the collective that regularly backs Prince, its latest incarnation, or even its alter ego. What they are not is the sprawling conjunto’s side project. Brownout has taken Grupo Fantasma’s funk roots and blown them up. In the process they’ve taken on a life and developed a unique sound all their own. Aguilas and Cobras, the group’s new album on Six Degrees Records (9/15/09), stands as testament to their one of a kind evolution…

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on September 11th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –

Bonerama – Blackout in New York City

( @Bonerama ) Bonerama is a band made up of four trombone players accompanied by a sousaphone, guitarist, and a drummer. A couple of the trombonists came from Harry Connick Jr.’s big band. They play some great New Orleans style music and bear a striking resemblance to Rebirth Brass Band who is also from New Orleans. These guys cover a bunch of really awesome songs so I strongly recommend getting as much of their music as possible.

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Posted in Underplayed Music, Unknown Songs on September 9th, 2009 by Tony Amoyal –