Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Various Artists - Funk Classics: The 80's (1996)

Not a lot of funk here, but it's a decent compilation for the price. This disc delivers some hits, but the inclusion of late '80s tune is questionable - it's a very mixed bag with both Kurtis Blow and E.U. No liner notes.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

  • Super Freak - Rick James: A simple, but very, very effective dance bass line. Background vocals from The Temptations. It's a classic for sure, but lyrics haven't aged well (admittedly, they weren't great to begin with). Is it still a freaky scene because a girl has intertwining candles in her room? (single peaked at #16 in October, 1981)
  • Atomic Dog - George Clinton: Speaking of lyrics, "Bow-wow-wow-yippee-yo-yippee-yay!" may be some of my favorite '80s lyrics. Amazingly, this 1982 single never charted. Just as surprising is that no one has ever named their band Atomic Dog.
  • You Dropped A Bomb On Me - The Gap Band: I never though that much of this electrofunk song, but it doesn't make me reach for the skip button, either. Meh, I guess. (single peaked at #31 in September, 1982)
  • Freakshow On The Dancefloor - Bar-Kays: Hard to believe this is the same group that recorded Soul Finger. In any case, I don't remember this one from 1984. It should be sarcastically noted that this song appeared in the movie Breakin' and was included on that soundtrack. (single peaked at #73 in June, 1984)
  • Stomp - The Brothers Johnson: I always liked this post-disco single, but it's easy to see why. The song was co-written by Rod Temperton and produced by Qunicy Jones - the team that would later make Thriller. As a result, it sounds like something from that album or Off The Wall. (single peaked at #7 in May, 1980)
  • Call Me - Skyy: I vaguely remember this tune from the radio, but it doesn't get any playing time around here these days. (single peaked at #26 in March, 1982)
  • The Breaks - Kurtis Blow: a very early hip-hop hit and probably the first 12" single I ever heard. This song was played at every party I attended in 8th grade. Now when I hear it, I just get a big S.E.G. (single peaked at #87 in September, 1980)
  • So Fine - Howard Johnson: too smooth to really be considered funk, this might be the best song on the disc. Its more of a post-disco, R&B tune. It didn't chart when it was released in 1982, but I'm glad it was included here.
  • She's A Bad Mama Jama - Carl Carlton: with a bass line you just can't resist (I'm doing a little 'seat-dancing' as I write this). This just brought a smile to my face. (single peaked at #22 in October, 1981)
  • Push It - Salt-N-Pepa: This is an '80s song? I would have guessed early '90s. Oh well, it never did much for me and seems very out of place here. (single peaked at #19 in February, 1988)
  • Get Down On It - Kool & The Gang: I just love K&TG. This was some great radio-friendly funk. Recommended. (single peaked at #10 in May, 1982)
  • Da Butt - E.U.: A late '80s novelty tune. It's catchy the first few times you hear it, but it's still a novelty tune. (I have to admit that I find myself singing it from time to time). (single peaked at #35 in May, 1988)
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

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