I have angered The Funk. And I need your help to re-enter The Funk's good graces.
You see, I had the hubris and un-funky foolishness to publish a video called Top 30 Most Iconic Bass Riffs… that had no funk. NO FUNK.
Was this an innocent oversight in the interest of a short title? Or was is a CRIMINAL ACT against The Funk?
Whatever the answer, now I need your help coming up with a list of the funkiest bass riffs. The funk must have its revenge.
Please post your suggestions below! There’s a good chance your suggestion will be featured in a video, coming to a Youtube near you this year.
I’ll start us off - I can’t get enough of that last Lizzo single:
Also obviously this:
*note: this post is COMPLETELY UN-OVERINFLATED and not at ALL overly dramatic
Oooh, I don’t think you can pass this one up.
I mean “funk” is in the song name! AND THE BAND NAME!
Holy hell, that whole album is amazing, man. If I had to pick one song from it, though, I’d have to go with “Sir Duke”. Not a real funky song though, not enough for this thread, just damned good and worthy of a mention.
Aretha Franklin- Rock Steady.
Chuck Rainey killing it on Bass!
Average White Band - Pick up the Pieces
Pee Wee Ellis/Jaco - The Chicken:
Jamiroquai - Time won’t wait
Any James Brown, pretty much:
And from left field: Tristan - Trouble
I think it’s hard to get a more funky and iconic bassline than Prince’s Erotic City being covered by Parliament Funkadelic.
Holy hell, I didn’t know that existed! That’s amazing.
IKR? The original is fantastic and the cover just takes it to 11.
I don’t think I need to describe what a huge club hit this was. Oh man the memories.
@HowlinDawg You are correct about Chuck Rainey. This drips funk. I remember posting here, after not hearing this for awhile it came on the radio. I went on Ebay and purchased a back issue of Bass Player Magazine just to get this transcription. I took one look at the transcription and the magazine has since collected dust. You have re-lit the fire. I’ll have to revisit it to see if it actually seems doable now.
Kool and the Gang - Celebration
Earth Wind and Fire - September
Jackson 5 - I want you back
Sly and the family Stone - Thank You (fallettin me be mice elf again)
Sly again (or RHCP) - If you want me to stay
The O’Jays - For the love of Money
Larry Graham from Sly and the Family Stone has to be included. I nominate this one.
But since they’ve already been mentioned let me put in a vote for one that doesn’t get enough love. The Night Court theme song. It’s one of the first bass lines I taught myself. Had to learn a smidge of tap to get it right.
Agreeing with @skydvr. I’ll take Sly’s original 1973 version over the Chili Peppers (I do dig Flea… he has Thundercat on his new/latest Podcast…Rick Rubin, Patti Smith previously).