#4M : Funky Dance Party
Sorry about missing last week’s Monday’s Music Moves Me. I’ve just been really busy and was feeling a bit overwhelmed. The weather here has been pretty busy, too! Looks like this year is going to be a real bumper crop year for snow! Even places that don’t normally get snow are getting it!
So what do you do when you don’t want to go outside because it’s cold? You have a dance party!
So how about it, folks. Let’s get down and funky today!
Kicking off our dance party is none other than one of the Kings of Funk - George Clinton (no relation to Bill and Hillary!) with Atomic Dog. Clinton hit number one on the Billboard R&B chart for the first time as a solo artist in 1982 with "Atomic Dog" from his debut solo album, Computer Games. The classic has been sampled dozens of times, including songs by Prince, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Nas, Aaliyah. Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg.
That was a nice warm up. Let’s keep it moving with Sly & The Family Stone’s Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin). This song was the group's second single to reach the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. It was the number one R&B song for five weeks. The song features the ingenious bass line created by the legendary Larry Graham.
That’s it.. Now we’re feeling a good groove, and we don’t want it to stop. Next up is The Commodores with Brick House. This popular tune peaked at #5 in the U.S. and #32 in the UK Singles Chart.
All of this dancing must be making you tired. Too bad! James Brown is here to tell us to Get Up Offa That Thing. Brown released "Get Up Offa that Thing" in 1976 as a two-part single. It reached number four on the R&B chart and was his biggest hit during the mid to late 1970s.
Now before you think that the men had all the funky tunes, Aretha Franklin joins in the fun with Rock Steady. The Queen of Soul proved she knew how to funk with this song. From her 1972 Young, Gifted and Black album, "Rock Steady" became her twelfth gold single. Franklin composed the song which featured Donny Hathaway on piano.
There are plenty more funky tunes out there, but this should get your day going! Stay warm and groovy, friends!
Today’s post is part of the Monday’s Music Moves Me blog hop, hosted by X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by JAmerican Spice, Stacy Uncorked, Curious as a Cathy. , and Ramblin with AM. Be sure to stop by the hosts and visit the other participants. If you have a MUSIC* post, feel free to join in the fun! *sorry non-music posts are not permitted in this bloghop.