Happy new year…did everyone make it?
2017 was a goddamn mess, wasn’t it, filled with anxiousness, anger, and confusion in the nation, and personally, I felt much of the same way.
When it comes to ’80s funk, Zapp are heavyweights. Coming straight out of Ohio (that great funk state) the Troutman brothers, Larry, Roger, Lester, and Terry, came to prominence with the help of musical gawds Bootsy Collins and George Clinton (king of the P-Funk), and a magical little device called a talkbox, and changed popular music forever.
Bring the funk.
The Menahan Street Band, named after a street in Bushwick, Brooklyn where founder Thomas Brenneck lived at the time, is a funk band composed of Brenneck and musicians from other notable funk / soul outfits like the Budos Band and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.
Hell of a title, right? But it’s a classic though.
I’ve been on an Isaac Hayes trip for the last few days.
“…We’re All Going to Go.”
I’m a huge fan of Curtis Mayfield. The Chicago-born R&B and funk pioneer looms large in my personal pantheon of godlike musicians.