P-Funk Interview 1991

Here’s some really interesting footage I came across thanks to FunkyKev1 who has a cool channel on Youtube. It’s a BET talk show interview with George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell. These three musical giants were some of the central architects of funk music in the 1970´s with the groups Parliament and Funkadelic. Here they discuss some interesting subjects including the meaning of the term “funk”, making music with a message and how they feel about being sampled by contemporary hip hop artists.

The interview is from 1991 which was a time when the trend of sampling their particular brand of funk, P-Funk, had been going on for a few years by hip hop groups like EPMD and Digital Underground. However, it was really  about to take off in the next few years with artists like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg riding the P-Funk sound to the top of the charts and taking it deep into the mainstream.

It’s a really cool interview that sheds some light on some of the problematic aspects of sampling with record companies often refusing to compensate the artists who have been sampled. But there’s also interesting stuff about Parliament’s roots in doo- wop and their thoughts on black rock. History-minded funkateers shouldn’t miss this one.

 

Marvin Gaye Sings National Anthem 1983

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I’m not really much of a sports fan, but I noticed that the blogosphere was buzzing the other day about a performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” by trumpeter, Jesse McGuire, at a Panthers – 49érs football game during the weekend. Apparently, McGuire, who has played with the funk band Tower of Tower among others, is pretty famous for his renditions of that song which he has also performed for several American presidents.

Then I came across a clip from 1983 of Marvin Gaye performing the very same song at an NBA All-Star game. This is definitely the most soulful version of “The Star Spangled Banner” I’ve ever heard. Marvin, looking very smooth indeed, completely makes the song his own, transforming the American national anthem in to the kind of pleading soul ballad that he was famous for. Tragically, this was just one year before he died. Check out the performance below to see what you think.

Soulful Friday: James Brown Dance Lessons

Here’s a funky clip from the vaults to get your weekend started on a good note. I’m trying to make this a weekly thing, so every Friday from now on I’ll be posting a clip from the past or present to get you in a soulful mood for the weekend . First up, it’s the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, showing some dance moves for those of you planning a night out on the town. Enjoy!