Saturday, 6 August 2016

The Story Of Funk: 2. Let's Take It To The Stage

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 14th July 2016

From the 1960s through to the present day funk music reverberates all through popular culture. Whether it's in fashion, street language, TV, the movies or pop music, the far reaching influence of funk is everywhere. Actress Pam Grier continues her funk odyssey. She's been a fan of the music since she starred in the so-called Blaxploitation movies of the 1970s. Back then, funk was not only the soundtrack to her films but also to a vital time in American history. It was a time of self-discovery, struggle and social change. Funk music reflected all of that.

In part two, Pam examines the funkiest decade of all time: the 1970s. Back when bell bottoms, afros and hoop earrings were the thing, an explosion of bands took funk to the world stage. We're talking acts like George Clinton's P-Funk, Kool & the Gang, Stevie Wonder, Average White Band, The Bar-Kays, the Ohio Players and The Meters. Plus there was the emergence of new genres such as jazz funk, African funk and Latin funk.

The series features contributions from Earth Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang, Sly & the Family Stone, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, P-Funk musicians, Average White Band, Cameo, Clyde "Funky Drummer" Stubblefield, Charles Wright, The Last Poets, Beverley Knight, Matt Fink, Acid Jazz's Eddie Piller and rapper Shock G.

First broadcast in 2011.

Funkadelic - Get Off Your Ass And Jam [Westbound]
Bootsy Collins - P-Funk Wants To Get Funked Up [Casablanca]
The Parliaments - I Wanna Testify [Revilot]
The Parliaments - Music For My Mother [Westbound]
Funkadelic - Mommy, What's A Funkadelic [Westbound]
Funkadelic - I Got A Thing, You Got A Thing, Everybody's Got A Thing [Westbound]
Funkadelic - Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow [Westbound]
Funkadelic - I Wanna Know If It's Good For You [Westbound]
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain [Westbound]
Funkadelic - Cosmic Slop [Westbound]
Funkadelic - Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On [Westbound]
Stevie Wonder - You And I [Tamla Motown]
Stevie Wonder - Tuesday Heartbreak
Tonto's Expanding Head Band - Tama [Rhino]
Stevie Wonder - Boogie On Reggae Woman [Motown]
Stevie Wonder - Maybe Your Baby [Tamla Motown]
Stevie Wonder - Superstition [Motown]
Stevie Wonder - You' ve Got It Bad Girl [Motown]
Stevie Wonder - Living For The City [Tamla Motown]
Stevie Wonder - What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life [Soul Jazz]
Joe Bataan - After Shower Funk [Soul Jazz]
The Meters - Just Kissed My Baby [Reprise]
The Meters - Jungle Man [Reprise]
Miles Davis - Pharaoh's Dance [Columbia]
Herbie Hancock - Chameleon [Columbia/Legacy]
Fela Kuti - Gentleman [MCA]
Fela Kuti - Confusion [Universal]
Kool & The Gang - Chocolate Buttermilk [Mercury]
Kool & The Gang - Give It Up [Mercury]
Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa [Family Recordings]
Kool & The Gang - Jungle Boogie [Mercury]
Kool & The Gang - Funky Stuff [Mercury]
Kool & The Gang - Hollywood Swinging [Mercury]
Ohio Players - Funky Worm [Essentials]
The Bar-Kays - Shake Your Rump [Mercury]
The Commodores - Machine Gun [EMI]
Don Julian - Title Theme Savage [Southbound Groovin]
Curtis Mayfield - Superfly [Global Television Ltd]
Average White Band - Cut The Cake [Hit Label]
Average White Band - Pick Up The Pieces [Hit Label]
James Brown - Hot Pants [Polydor]
Average White Band - School Boy Crush [Atlantic]
Parliament - Ride On [Mercury]
Parliament - Up For The Downstroke [Casablanca]
Bootsy Collins - P-Funk Wants To Get Funked Up [Casablanca]
Parliament - Big Footin' [Mercury]
Parliament - Chocolate City [Mercury]
Parliament - Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) [Casablanca]
Planet Funk - Swing Down, Sweet Chariot [Casablanca]
Bootsy Collins - Stretchin Out (In A Rubber Band) [Warner Brothers]
The Horny Horns - Four Play [Atlantic]
Parlet - Pleasure Principle [Casablanca]
Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove [Warners]
Funkadelic - (Not Just) Knee Deep [Warners]
Funkadelic - Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts [Westbound]
Parliament - If It Don't Fit (Don't Force It) [Mercury]

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