A Trip Down Funk Lane
When you think of the music genres that are popular today you would not typical y think of funk. After
al when was the last time that a funk song topped the charts or was in the top ten for that matter?
What you can see however is the influence of funk music on many kinds of music. From hip hop to
dance music, many styles have taken on elements of funk even if there is not much funk music around
We're certainly no longer in the days of The J.B.'s or P-Funk when it was just about the funk. These
bands were known almost exclusively for their funk grooves. Nowadays you're more likely to see a
groove rather than a funk song outright. There are however a few artists that have tried to take on the
mantle of producing classic soul and funk in the tradition of the 70s and 80s, though with little
The essence of funk music, the groove is something that can be seen way after the 80s. If you remember
what the 90s music scene was like you'l probably remember many pop, dance and hip-hop songs that
had a groove within them. So it was stil important for people and helped them to dance, they were just
consuming the groove in a different way. Once you've danced to music with an intense groove it feels
somewhat unnatural to dance to music that does not possess this characteristic. So the phasing out of it
had to be gradual. Arguably the most popular music with some sort of groove today is house music,
though it tends to be associated more with disco and garage than funk by most of the people.
The golden period of funk music was probably the 70s. This is when many of the most wel known funk
bands and artists were active including Parliament, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & The Gang and B.T.
Express. It is hard to argue with names such as this, some of the most well known when it comes to
funk. There were so many great groups at this time, producing their own brand of funk music whether it
incorporated jazz elements, disco elements or was just straight to the groove funk. However as the 80s
was on the horizon, the music began to change.
Some people enjoyed these changes which often incorporated electronic sounds and synthesizers in
them whilst others disliked the new sounds. Funk became more polished in general as opposed to the
rough and raw sound which presented itself in its earlier days. Those that liked the rawer sound were
often left disappointed.
Many funk artists tried to adapt to what was happening in the music industry as it became increasingly
difficult to stay relevant unless they updated their sound. Some funk artists wil always be associated
with the 70s whilst others flourished once the 80s kicked in. For them it was an opportunity to make a
name for themselves in the new musical climate and some bands grasped that opportunity.
If you talk to funk lovers they often have favorite artists and you'l often find that they were from
around the same era. There is definitely a line separating the music the artists produced in the 70s and
what they were producing in the 80s.
Go a little further into the 90s and onwards and you'l see that the music has changed completely again
as it adapts to what is happening. In reality there was not much funk in the 90s, but things you would
associate with funk could be found in many songs of other genres.
For More information visit:- http://www.bestfunksongs.com/