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Song of the Day: James Brown, “Make It Funky”

Writing about Marva Whitney and The Isley Brothers yesterday got me feeling funky… So, here’s the first of a week’s worth of “funk of the day,” all songs that might get the Kid to shake his groove thing with me—and it wasn’t hard to figure out who would be best to start off a week of funk:

James Brown, “Make It Funky” (1971)—from the collection 20 All Time Greatest Hits

Make It Funky: “recorded by James Brown with The J.B.’s. It was released as a two-part single in 1971, which reached #1 on the U.S. R&B chart and #22 on the U.S. Pop chart. [1]. The song features the band members chanting the song’s title and a prominent organ part played by Brown himself. A full-length version of the song was included on the 1972 album There It Is. Brown recorded a continuation of “Make It Funky” (listed as “Parts 3 & 4”) in a medley with “My Part” for his album Get on the Good Foot, also from 1972…” (via Wikipedia.)

And check out the Soul Train dancers getting down:

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Oh - and hello to Jason Isaacs.

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.


What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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