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Thread started 10/20/20 10:03am

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Did a white person write the funkiest song ever!

Tom Tom Club, Genius of Love. Tina Weymuth. She wrote this. Every black person loves this. Funk aint a color.

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Reply #1 posted 10/20/20 10:18am

thebanishedone

2freaky4church1 said:

Tom Tom Club, Genius of Love. Tina Weymuth. She wrote this. Every black person loves this. Funk aint a color.

it is very funky but there are so many funkier songs

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Reply #2 posted 10/20/20 12:06pm

alphastreet

Another one that came to mind was play that funky music
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Reply #3 posted 10/20/20 2:25pm

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Come on...

I love this song but it's not even the funkiest piece of music by a white person.
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Reply #4 posted 10/20/20 3:24pm

alphastreet

MotownSubdivision said:

Come on...

I love this song but it's not even the funkiest piece of music by a white person.


Another good one is square biz-Teena Marie
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Reply #5 posted 10/20/20 4:30pm

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"Genius of Love" is funky-adjacent.

I believe some of the funkiest basslines were written by a little man named Rod Temperton. He wrote for Heatwave (and was the only white guy in the band for a long while), including "Boogie Nights," "The Groove Line," and "Always and Forever." He also wrote the title tracks for MJ's Off The Wall and Thriller. From wikipedia:

Temperton wrote successfully for other musicians, his hits including

"Stomp!" for The Brothers Johnson;

George Benson's "Give Me the Night";

"Baby, Come to Me" for Patti Austin and James Ingram;

"Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)" for Donna Summer;

and "Yah Mo B There" for James Ingram and Michael McDonald.


He also wrote for Herbie Hancock, The Manhattan Transfer, Mica Paris, Rufus and Chaka Khan, and many others.



That's nothing to sneeze at, there! That's some funky stuff! So for me, Rod Temperton, by far.

[Edited 10/20/20 16:30pm]

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #6 posted 10/20/20 5:02pm

thebanishedone

alphastreet said:

Another one that came to mind was play that funky music

You know that Play That Funky Music is a ripoff of Slippery When Wet by The Commodores?

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Reply #7 posted 10/20/20 6:17pm

alphastreet

thebanishedone said:



alphastreet said:


Another one that came to mind was play that funky music

You know that Play That Funky Music is a ripoff of Slippery When Wet by The Commodores?



Didn’t know that but will check it out. Always great to discover more classics. I always thought it sounded similar to thank you by sly and the family stone
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Reply #8 posted 10/20/20 6:38pm

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thebanishedone said:

alphastreet said:

Another one that came to mind was "Play That Funky Music."

You know that "Play That Funky Music" is a ripoff of "Slippery When Wet "by Commodores?


DAMN, it's a damn near copy!

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #9 posted 10/21/20 1:08am

BlueShakooo

For me the funkiest song ever is "Holy Ghost" by The Bar-Kays.

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Reply #10 posted 10/21/20 1:33am

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thebanishedone said:



alphastreet said:


Another one that came to mind was play that funky music

You know that Play That Funky Music is a ripoff of Slippery When Wet by The Commodores?



A lot of us back then thought it was the Commodores with Lionel's classic
Southern Funk drawl. Then we found out it was some band named Wild Cherry. lol
We still loved the song but were extremely disappointed it wasn't the Commodores.
Wild Cherry also covered the Commodores I Feel Sanctified on that same album.
Don't laugh at my funk
This funk is a serious joint
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Reply #11 posted 10/21/20 1:37am

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MotownSubdivision said:

Come on...

I love this song but it's not even the funkiest piece of music by a white person.


Agree. Average White Band have quite a few funky numbers that would check
Tom Tom Club. We won't even start with KC and The Sunshine Band
Don't laugh at my funk
This funk is a serious joint
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Reply #12 posted 10/21/20 2:45am

thebanishedone

phunkdaddy said:

thebanishedone said:

You know that Play That Funky Music is a ripoff of Slippery When Wet by The Commodores?

A lot of us back then thought it was the Commodores with Lionel's classic Southern Funk drawl. Then we found out it was some band named Wild Cherry. lol We still loved the song but were extremely disappointed it wasn't the Commodores. Wild Cherry also covered the Commodores I Feel Sanctified on that same album.

Wildcherry also covered Brick House right?

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Reply #13 posted 10/21/20 4:13am

RJOrion

thebanishedone said:



alphastreet said:


Another one that came to mind was play that funky music

You know that Play That Funky Music is a ripoff of Slippery When Wet by The Commodores?





FACTS
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Reply #14 posted 10/21/20 4:14am

RJOrion

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For me the funkiest song ever is "Holy Ghost" by The Bar-Kays.




the break-beat part of that song is LEGENDARY funk/hip-hop
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Reply #15 posted 10/21/20 4:15am

RJOrion

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[Edited 10/21/20 4:15am]
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Reply #16 posted 10/21/20 8:47am

Dalia11

RJOrion said:

thebanishedone said:



alphastreet said:


Another one that came to mind was play that funky music

You know that Play That Funky Music is a ripoff of Slippery When Wet by The Commodores?





FACTS


One of my co-workers, at the College I have been working at since 2002, C. Mosely(Gemini), also likes to reply: "Facts", he is a psychology major, he is in graduate school currently, he is married and has three kids too!
[Edited 10/21/20 8:48am]
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Reply #17 posted 10/21/20 9:04am

RJOrion

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RJOrion said:
FACTS
One of my co-workers, at the College I have been working at since 2002, C. Mosely(Gemini), also likes to reply: "Facts", he is a psychology major, he is in graduate school currently, he is married and has three kids too! [Edited 10/21/20 8:48am]

im Sagittarius...what are You?

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Reply #18 posted 10/21/20 9:08am

thebanishedone

RJOrion said:

thebanishedone said:

You know that Play That Funky Music is a ripoff of Slippery When Wet by The Commodores?

FACTS

RJ is that a question? biggrin if you play those 2 songs together i think u will hear similarities

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Reply #19 posted 10/21/20 9:14am

RJOrion

thebanishedone said:

RJOrion said:

thebanishedone said: FACTS

RJ is that a question? biggrin if you play those 2 songs together i think u will hear similarities

nah, no questions...im saying i agree and that its a FACT that the songs sound similar...very similar

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Reply #20 posted 10/21/20 9:48am

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thebanishedone said:



phunkdaddy said:


thebanishedone said:


You know that Play That Funky Music is a ripoff of Slippery When Wet by The Commodores?



A lot of us back then thought it was the Commodores with Lionel's classic Southern Funk drawl. Then we found out it was some band named Wild Cherry. lol We still loved the song but were extremely disappointed it wasn't the Commodores. Wild Cherry also covered the Commodores I Feel Sanctified on that same album.

Wildcherry also covered Brick House right?



If they did I'm not aware
Don't laugh at my funk
This funk is a serious joint
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Reply #21 posted 10/21/20 9:55am

thebanishedone

RJOrion said:

thebanishedone said:

RJ is that a question? biggrin if you play those 2 songs together i think u will hear similarities

nah, no questions...im saying i agree and that its a FACT that the songs sound similar...very similar

oh ok bro,i thought u doubt me :0),have a nice evening .

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Reply #22 posted 10/21/20 5:36pm

TrivialPursuit

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BlueShakooo said:

For me the funkiest song ever is "Holy Ghost" by The Bar-Kays.


Yes, it's super funky. But the thread is about the funkiest song written by a white person.

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #23 posted 10/21/20 6:35pm

RJOrion

"bennie & the jets" by elton john is the funkiest song ever written by a white man...period
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Reply #24 posted 10/21/20 7:15pm

alphastreet

RJOrion said:

"bennie & the jets" by elton john is the funkiest song ever written by a white man...period
[Edited 10/21/20 18:37pm]


Agree on that! I think Mary j blige would agree with that since she sampled it in 2000
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Reply #25 posted 10/21/20 8:14pm

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phunkdaddy said:

We won't even start with KC and The Sunshine Band

Technically, that's a black band with a white singer. A better example would be the Muscle Shoals studio band (known as The Swampers) who played on a lot of R&B and soul records, such as Aretha Franklin's late 1960s albums and also some Wilson Pickett & Staple Singers stuff. I'll Take You There and Aretha's Respect &Think, that's The Swampers playing. There's also Dennis Coffey & Bob Babbitt who were in Motown's Funk Brothers. Dennis had a few hits himself like Scorpio. The jazz pianist Bob James had a lot of acts sample his music, like on Run-DMC's Peter Piper.

You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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Reply #26 posted 10/21/20 9:09pm

RJOrion

kc & the sunshine band is very black
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Reply #27 posted 10/21/20 10:09pm

BlueShakooo

TrivialPursuit said:



BlueShakooo said:


For me the funkiest song ever is "Holy Ghost" by The Bar-Kays.




Yes, it's super funky. But the thread is about the funkiest song written by a white person.


The Headline is "Did a white person write the funkiest song ever!"
My answer is "To me: No. Holy Ghost."wink
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Reply #28 posted 10/22/20 12:42am

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TrivialPursuit said:

"Genius of Love" is funky-adjacent.

I believe some of the funkiest basslines were written by a little man named Rod Temperton. He wrote for Heatwave (and was the only white guy in the band for a long while), including "Boogie Nights," "The Groove Line," and "Always and Forever." He also wrote the title tracks for MJ's Off The Wall and Thriller. From wikipedia:

Temperton wrote successfully for other musicians, his hits including

"Stomp!" for The Brothers Johnson;

George Benson's "Give Me the Night";

"Baby, Come to Me" for Patti Austin and James Ingram;

"Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)" for Donna Summer;

and "Yah Mo B There" for James Ingram and Michael McDonald.


He also wrote for Herbie Hancock, The Manhattan Transfer, Mica Paris, Rufus and Chaka Khan, and many others.



That's nothing to sneeze at, there! That's some funky stuff! So for me, Rod Temperton, by far.

[Edited 10/20/20 16:30pm]

Absolutely! If we have to nominate one nominal "funky white dude", it HAS to be Rod Temperton. He's an astounding enigma. A true legend. A middle-aged white Brit who wrote very "black" music to some of the biggest black artists. And pretty much ALL of his songs are my favorites - including the artists who performed them, usually.

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Reply #29 posted 10/22/20 1:09am

SoulAlive

phunkdaddy said:

thebanishedone said:

You know that Play That Funky Music is a ripoff of Slippery When Wet by The Commodores?

A lot of us back then thought it was the Commodores with Lionel's classic Southern Funk drawl. Then we found out it was some band named Wild Cherry. lol We still loved the song but were extremely disappointed it wasn't the Commodores. Wild Cherry also covered the Commodores I Feel Sanctified on that same album.

nod they were clearly big fans of the Commodores.One of the coolest things about their album is the memorable album cover smile

Wild Cherry - Wild Cherry (1976, Terre Haute Pressing, Vinyl) | Discogs

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