Mix Tape Friday: Let's Get Funky
While dining at the Scriveners this weekend, my bragging about Stevie Wonder tickets led to a discourse about music (surprising, huh?). The table's consensus: Red Hot Chili Peppers should spend all their studio time covering ‘70s funk songs since Flea is one of the best funk bassists playing today (and because those ballads are crap). Mrs. S., who happens to be a fan of the Mix Tape series, declared:
and thus inspired this week’s mix tape. Funk and R&B from the 1970s is one of my favorite genres. I’ll do a mix tape of originals sometime this fall, but our chat about Flea and his bass put me in that covers mood again.
Here’s to you, Catherine.
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Love Rollercoaster
Van Halen: Dancing in the Street
Rolling Stones: Ain't too Proud to Beg
English Beat: Tears of a Clown
Slits: I Heard It Through the Grapevine
The Strokes: Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
R.E.M.: Smiling Faces Sometimes
Soft Cell: Where Did Our Love Go
Afghan Whigs: Come See About Me
Roxy Music: In the Midnight Hour
Talking Heads: Take Me to the River
Graham Parker: I Want You Back *
General Public: I'll Take You There
David Bowie: Knock on Wood
Elvis Costello: From Head to Toe
Joan Osborne: Everybody Is a Star
Jack Black: Let's Get It On
Foo Fighters: Darling Nikki
Hindu Love Gods: Raspberry Beret
Fishbone: Freddie's Dead
Red Hot Chili Peppers: If You Want Me to Stay
R.E.M.: Skin Tight
Pete Yorn: Just My Imagination
Pearl Jam: Dock of the Bay
The Replacements: I'll Be There
Yo La Tengo: I’m Your Puppet
Can you name the original artists?
Hindu Love Gods was an aural wet dream for me back in 1990: Warren Zevon with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Bill Berry, taped while jamming during a drunken recording session. Damn, to be a fly on that wall … or on the shoulder of Zevon’s gray Ralph Lauren T-shirt. The songs aren’t the best, but they’re a helluva lot of fun to listen to; think of it as jamming with your pals after a few brews.
* Thank you, Johnny Yen!
A handful of tunes honoring some of R&B’s greatest artists:
Van Morrison: Jackie Wilson Said
ABC: When Smokey Sings
Scritti Politti: Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)
Billy Bragg: Levi Stubbs' Tears
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