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Take da funk off
you can’t trump the funk
Great classic jam from The Ohio Players
varee is love
from the OhioFUNGK playlist!
i know that a man ain’t supposed to cry but i can’t dry these tears from my eye…
One of the baddest underground funk bands ever was SUN, live from Dayton, featuring a hint of all of the greats rolled into a sound all their own.
The vocals were amazing, the band was TIGHT, they could swing, they had latin flavor, they could throw down with horns or without… I mean, they are true legends with very little fanfare.
Check out some outstanding Sun selections in the OhioFungk playlist:
We are D E V O
Filmed in northeast ohio, here’s early De-evolution doing that thing in 7/8
300 tracks and counting….. ALL OHIO FUNK youtube playlist
curated by ezraz the enfunklopedia
to lock you on the 1
and cool you out in these stressful times
Works nice in shuffle mode.
The baddest playlist around….. All OHIO, All FUNGK, ALL ON THE ONE
Ohio Players, Sun, Slave, Bootsy, Heatwave, Dayton, The Isley’s, Junie Morrison, Zapp, Aurra, Faze-O, Lakeside, Overnight Low, Dazz Band…. if it came from Ohio we will play it.
Give in to the addiction that is youtube…. give in with Pure Ohio Fungk!
Wow this was fun. Felt amazing. Very little trouble, just joy and celebration from a region that has waited for this for generations.
When something’s wrong in #TheLand, who you gonna call?
Just a little update on the details of the Cleveland Curse. I hate how it’s sold as nothing but losing teams for 50 years.
The Curse is that Cleveland has come with some amazing teams over the years, but just can’t get that ring/trophy in the modern era:
The Cavs – 46 seasons in NBA = 5 division titles – 3 conference titles – 0 championships
The Browns – 66 seasons in NFL = 12 division titles – 11 conference titles – 4 championships (last one 1964)
The Browns – 4 seasons in AAFC = 4 division titles – 4 conference titles – 4 championships (last one 1949)
plus 16 players in the Hall of Fame, 4th most in the league.
The Indians – 116 seasons in MLB = 5 league Pennants – 2 championships (last one 1950)
31 players in the Hall of Fame
Great previously unreleased track from Cinci’s 24-Carat Black:
Amazing song from one of my favorite albums ever
Check out this great radio show featuring all rare Ohio funk, all rare grooves, live from Cinci it’s Deeper Than Atlantis!
It ain’t no joke when a man is broke.
Miss you Roger,
I am gonna give you a tease of the upcoming DJ Raz documusic production detailing the dramatic run of Ohio funk bands with some classic Heatwave.
Heatwave was a hybrid – an Ohio dance band merged with a songwriting Brit on the rhodes named Rod Temperton. This guy just went on to co-write a sizable chunk of Michael Jackson’s golden era. Nice stuff.
This one goes back to Heatwave’s debut, enjoy!
There’s only space on the mountaintop for a few of our all time music legends, and it’s a funkin shame the Ohio Players remain underrated and unheralded by the mainstream media.
They deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I mean, honestly, they are right next to the P-Funk empire as far as 1970’s influence, and their catalog is strong too (but not nearly as prolific as GC’s gang of 50+ artists).
Fire, Skin Tight, Honey, FOPP, Angel, Jive Turkey, Funky Worm, Contradiction, My Life, Heaven Must Be Like This, O-H-I-O, Little Lady Maria, Varee Is Love, Pleasure, Far East Mississippi, Climax, Runnin From the Devil, Smoke, Good Luck Charm, Alone…. should I go on? There’s 20 legendary monster jams right there.
Did the Rock Hall gave it up to P-Funk, then walk away from all other funk music from the 70’s?
Funk was a monster genre influencing the entire culture, and P-Funk was an (amazing) anomaly. Artists like OP, WAR, Kool & The Gang, EWF, Mandrill, Zapp, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Slave, Maze, The Time, Cameo – these were more than dance bands, these were touring rock outfits pushing the limits of showmanship onstage, craftsmanship in the studio, and composing legendary songs with primarily black members. The Rock Hall should be colorblind.
So anyway, OP’s live act has lost several of the original members to old age – RIP Sugarfoot, PeeWee, & Satch – or retirement, but they always field a funky lineup. It must be noted that they now feature legendary drummer James “Diamond” Williams, and he’s been locked with the same bassist Darwin Dortch for 30+ years, so you know they can throw down!
Check the original Dayton Funk, standing strong 44 years after it first dropped:
But of course, why did I ever doubt it?
I worry. More than my cool attitude allows.
I worry about incompetence and greed getting in the way of a good time.
I worried that the high resolution thing would pass by my beloved funk music.
I just purchased Slave’s debut record at 24/192 (one of the few of their peers to go all the way) and OH MY….
You want a better commercial for HD audio? I don’t think there is one. The space, the timing, the bite of the instruments, the interplay, the growl of the bass, the polyrhythms, the horns….. Very impressive. My new favorite album on HD.
24/192 funk – OH YEAH. Please funk bands (and Rhino) if you are reading this – go back to the tape and put out 24/192 asap. I will buy all that I can.
Because this is the sickest funk around, in my pocket. Very powerful. Best my ears have heard in quite some time.
Great live found funk from Ohio’s SHAG outfit, mid-90’s. So many great parties courtesy of SHAG!
Damn why was this lip-synched? I thought that the Don Kirshner show was live performance so I wonder what happened here. Anyways, great Ohio groove on this one. This is STELLAR FUNGK!
Very bad transfers. Can someone get some better quality versions up?
The challenge was this – take your camera around town for a month, shoot whatever you get yourself into, add some drone shots, pro editing, and some local music and put it on Youtube. These guys are good – and they picked a hell of a town for their subject.
Here I present to you one of the more accurate views of Cleveland, Ohio, USA you will ever see. This is us, this is what we do with our summers. I was at a couple of the events this camera attended, this is our summer of 2014. This is the town that is the butt of so many internet jokes:
Amazing what some good production work can do, huh? We’ve seen so much video like this where the subject was NY, Vegas, LA, London, Tokyo, Austin… but rust belt cities are usually shot so poorly. There’s so much to see and do here when you stop caring about what everyone thinks.
And yes we have to move these parties indoors for half the year, because it’s a grey frozen tundra out there – although the global warming is providing us with milder winters!
Summer ain’t over yet! This weekend we will be at the Cleveland Garlic Fest – yes – it’s a local farmers market turned street fair with Top Chef contests, bands all weekend, kids area, and Musicians Garden giving music for all.
We’ve finally gone big time! The Colbert Report has chosen my congressional district to focus on with “Better Know A District” featuring my congresswoman Marcia Fudge. Pretty funny stuff.
Here’s part 1:
and Part 2:
Cleveland jokes are common and most suck, but Colbert made me laugh a few times on this one.
I have been reading several national writers take on the Lebron returns to Cleveland story, and I have been reading the same mistakes and incorrect assumptions in most of them.
Allow me to correct.
1 – Cleveland’s Financial History
Around 1900, the industrial base of Cleveland drove it to be the 6th largest city in America. It’s industrial barons (John Rockefeller and company) built lavish arts and cultural institutions and mansions around the east side of the city. By the 1920’s Cleveland had legitimate dreams of hosting an Olympics, a World’s Fair, and other world-class attractions.
The industries of Cleveland supplied most of the american ball-bearings and ammunition for both world wars, as well as manufacturing a large part of the american tank fleet and naval and airplane motors. The automobile was first manufactured in Cleveland, but after two decades Detroit took the automotive lead while Cleveland continued to make many of the frames, engines, and bodies for Detroit-based makers.
After that…well… about 80% of the manufacturing left Cleveland, never to return. And no, they didn’t clean up after themselves.
2 – Lebron James & Dan Gilbert
Lebron’s “Decision” TV spectacle in 2010 was, more than anything else, a stab in the back to his local fan base.
Everyone knew that Dan Gilbert is a millionaire banker from Detroit who bought the Cavs because they already had Lebron and the Pistons weren’t for sale.
They knew Gilbert liked to come off as regular fan, like Mark Cuban with a regular job, but no one really buys it. They know he’s making money off the poor and addicted at his Cleveland casino. That’s why lots of people voted against it.
Lebron didn’t screw Dan over. We are smart enough to know it was all business. We know LBJ is the once in a lifetime talent.
But Lebron’s decision to take it to prime-time ESPN, to try to cover his poop with the Boys and Girls club – oh please.
Hey Connecticut kids – we are gonna raise you some money by making the kids – and adults – of a whole region cry on live TV!
No one but Miami and the a few of the kids in that room bought it. Are they still mad that Ohio isn’t named New Connecticut?
The evidence of how bad The Decision TV special was? Not a single athlete has copied it, and almost everything else LBJ does is copied by other athletes.
3 – The Cuyahoga River
Every time you make a joke about our Cuyahoga River burning you should thank us. Why? Because people in our region rallied against the powers that be and ultimately the EPA was formed.
If you are american your air and public waterways are probably cleaner now than 40 years ago because the citizens of northeast Ohio fought back. We organized. We studied. We made a difference.
You should also look up other river fires in other industrial cities and add those to your punchline. Lots of waterways would catch fire before anyone regulated anything.
Also, note that only the very end of the Cuyahoga was being polluted, there’s a nice river before that area.
This region’s manufacturing built this country before we outsourced everything. We deserve respect, if not direct aide from the places that weren’t compromised by our industrial revolution.
4 – Burning Jerseys
I counted about 7 Cavs fans burning Lebron jersey’s on video in 2010. Maybe 20 more around town did the deed.
Some cleaned their toilets with it. I personally picked up cat puke with 1 LBJ t-shirt I had, but I kept my $100 jerseys safe in a bottom drawer.
The idea that we are a bunch of street rioting savages is idiotic. Cleveland people are about as normal and chill as they come. We love our teams and will talk shit with anyone who wants to talk some shit, but it’s just entertainment.
There are far more important things in Cleveland than millionaires playing sports -like survival. Most of america felt that financial pinch the last few years. Cleveland has been in that world for decades! It’s why we are so tough, and it’s why people from here don’t take too kindly to all the misrepresentation and insults we endure from random entertainers and internet types.
All that said, Lebron deserved the outrage of Cleveland fans in 2010. You have no idea how long we had Lebron at that point – not just 7 years with the Cavs, but 4 years in high school too. We were over a decade invested in the kid from Akron that just might become the best ever.
It was Cavs fans getting attacked for 7 years defending Lebron, swatting off hater after hater. “King”? “Chosen One”? It was relentless.
We were told nothing good could ever come from Cleveland (idiots don’t even realize nearly half the entertainment industry was raised in Cleveland). When you defend someone for that long and from so many angles you don’t expect them to be the one sticking the knife in your back.
No matter who you root for you don’t expect or deserve that disapointment to be a live TV special on ESPN.
In summary — think twice before you insult someplace you don’t know or understand.
I’ve lived several places and Cleveland should be proud, not ashamed. Cleveland is one of the best places in America and the people are amazing, and to take the amount of shit we do being a punchline just adds to the resolve of people here.
Bron is not only coming home, he’s doing it the way you are supposed to – he apologized, he understands his folks, and he’s accomplished what he wanted out of town, like many of us have.
But now he’s coming home because he loves it here, and he’s always been one of us. That’s why we got so mad at him when he pulled the stunt building the super team behind everyone’s back.
Read the letter. Enjoy the ride, the Cavs are gonna be an entertaining show this year!
Here’s the first video from the new Freekbass & Joel “Razor Sharp” Johnson collaboration: Victoria Thunder. Enjoy some fresh funk and rollerskating:
Not Tina Turner, not a James Brown song, but some good old fashioned politics:
State Senator Turner is the real deal, fighting the forces of ridiculousness and hypocrisy. Men in the US continue to legislate women’s reproductive and sexual rights, so Senator Turner is pushing back with the obvious “how do you like it?”.
Tell me when you need it again…
Great radio show on OP featuring an interview with Sugar:
Another WFNK theme song, the great Jesse, aka Super J from the 90’s version of this site, you still out there in the interair man?
There was Devo doing the teenage dream thing….
Excellent new funk from the man out on the streets keeping the funk alive — it’s Freekbass with Victory Redux.
Check out the rest of the super funky record (“Insomnia” ? WOW!) over at Freekbass’ Bandcamp.
Respect the legends! Amazing vintage Bootsy and his Rubber Band, featuring a rare Catfish feature.
Through the magic of video production, a great overview of my favorite funk band of all time:
Album Review By Super J
[originally published at WFNK.com on 08/01/2000]
Slave’s debut album came in 1977. With 9 members, the album promised to give us power funk and it doesn’t disappoint.
The sound of the album reminds me of Mercury-era Ohio Players with a slightly higher energy level. Only the tune “The Happiest Days” qualifies as a ballad. The other tunes are barn-burning party stomping jams.
With two guitarists and 4 horn players and C.B. who is credited with “all things off the wall” the sound is pretty full.
The tunes “Slide”, “Son of Slide”, and “You and Me” stand out on the record. They have the rich instrumentation featured in the more hyperactive jams, but are ever so slightly mellower and feature thick dark basslines with well-arranged rhythmic horn lines reminiscent of JB style riffs (especially in “You and Me”). However, the drumming is much more late-70s stomping-style than the sophisto-funk style of the JBs. The thick heavy pulsing drum sound was more popular in the late 70s, and most funk bands from the time employed it.
There is some subtle keyboard work providing a “vibes” atmosphere in the background of “You and Me”, which was also used by the Ohio Players but in a different way.
“Screw Your Wig on Tite” and “Party Hardy” seemed a little over-the-top at first, but on repeated listening sophisticated grooves are revealed. Make no mistake – these are not subtle tracks, they tear the roof off without a doubt. But there is quality musicianship underneath the powerful rhythmic front.
I expected “Love Me” to be a ballad (because of the title), but it is actually a slap-bass workout with Ohio Player style horn-lines that is probably too powerful for today’s dance floors. It’s definitely a must-listen for the bass enthusiast. There isn’t any bass solos, but the rhythmic track is very nice.
Interestingly, Slave is one of those bands who can totally change one’s perspective by listening to an album. They bring the hard Dayton-funk sound from the beginning. Listening to a good Slave album like this one from beginning to end can truly change one’s perspective.
Here’s to one of the dinosaur funk pioneers. 4 out of 5 stars for an outstanding and shameless power funk album.