Original Format: CD
Funky from Now On began circa 2012 as two CDs I made for the woman who is now my wife. It has since grown into an ever-expanding library of mixes suitable for any festive occasion, even if that occasion is just you sitting at your computer with a cup of coffee.
Not everything here technically qualifies as funk, but then funk is in the eye of the beholder, innit? Call this one man’s opinion of what’s funky.
Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky Lee Dorsey
For many years now I’ve had one and only one standing New Years resolution, and that’s to make everything I do as funky as possible. I’m not naturally a super-funky person, but I have a little in me, and I like to think that through long cultivation I’ve increased my funk factor substantially. It is in any case an aspirational resolution: the goal is, by pursuing funkiness, to free the mind and hopefully one day the ass as well.
Funkify Your Life The Meters
“Every time I make an entrance somewhere, I blast this tune. I’m just funky like that.” —YouTube commenter “babylonhasfallen1329”
Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley Robert Palmer
“Like most people who came of age in the 80s, I always thought of Robert Palmer as a) the lead singer of Power Station and b) the guy who fronted that band of robotic models in the “Addicted to Love” video. Turns out Palmer had a whole other career before that, a pretty interesting one. On his 1974 debut, Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley, he worked with members of Little Feat and the Meters to produce a slick, coked-up version of New Orleans funk. The results are, em, simply irresistible — especially the title track, an Allen Toussaint song originally recorded by Lee Dorsey.” —The Philter, 2005
Groove Me King Floyd
“According to Rob Bowman, Canadian professor of ethnomusicology, ‘Groove Me’ had been inspired by a young college student who had worked about twenty feet away from Floyd at an east L.A. box factory. In Floyd’s words: ‘She’d just watch me and smile at me all day. When I went to the water fountain, she would make it her purpose to come up to the water fountain. But, I was so shy. So, I decided one day that I was gonna write this poem and give it to her and I wrote “Groove Me.” Believe it or not, after I finished it she never came back to work. It blew me away. So, I never gave her the poem. Man, I’d sure like to meet her one day just to thank her!” —Wikipedia
The Groove Line Heatwave
“Yeah, I’m getting freaking old too. Was in grocery store yesterday and this tune came on while I was in frozen food section. I just stood there and enjoyed it as it sounded good then. Still sounds good today 44 years later. Damn I miss the 70’s.” —YouTube commenter “3rdandlong”
Yes, Germans can be funky.
For the record, opinions expressed here are Q-Tip’s, not mine.
Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing James Brown
Do yourself a favor: Turn the bass way up and listen to what Bootsy is doing here. Unfuckingbelievable.
Down Syndrome De La Soul