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Capt. Gene | FunkManiac

I asked CaptGene for something funky, trusting that a fishing guide from Babsom Park would know exactly what I was talking about. He did. The Captain knows funk.

I used to have a link to his original version here, but that is no longer available. Has the Captain moved on to deeper waters?

For those of you not from Babsom Park, Funk is an American musical style that originated in the mid to late 1960s when African American musicians blended soul music, soul jazz and R&B into a rhythmic, danceable new form of music. By mid-1960s, funk pioneer James Brown had developed his signature groove that emphasized the downbeat, rather than the backbeat that typified American soul music, as well as most Rock And Roll. For me, I consider funk rhythm patterns to have beats on the first 3 beats of the first bar, and a beat on the 4+ of the second bar.

James Brown often cued his band with the command “On the one!” changing the percussion emphasis/accent from the one-TWO-three-FOUR backbeat of traditional soul music to the ONE-two-THREE-four downbeat - with an even-note syncopated guitar rhythm (on quarter notes two and four).

The word “funk”, once defined in dictionaries as body odor or the smell of sexual intercourse, commonly was regarded as coarse or indecent. James Brown and others have credited Little Richard’s mid-1950s road band, with New Orleans-born Earl Palmer on drums, as being the first to put the funk in the rock ‘n’ roll beat. According to one source, Palmer “was the first to use the word "funky” to explain to other musicians that their music should be made more syncopated and danceable.“

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kirklynch's avatar
kirklynch said

Very cool! Can’t believe I never heard this one before

Greg Connor's avatar
Greg Connor said

I just stumbled across this today!

E X C E L E N T

Johnny Stone's avatar
Johnny Stone said

Great collab very cool dudes.

thetworegs's avatar
thetworegs said

Yeeahhh!!!!

Movement To Contact's avatar
Movement To Contact said

Thanks man, I am learning from the best ;) when I was playing around with the percussion samples last night I kept thinking it needed something, and I listened to your drums a few times and went……COWBELL!!!!

thetworegs's avatar
thetworegs said

excellent track, love the distant lead guitar

Guest said

Cool duet!

Movement To Contact's avatar
Movement To Contact said

Nice one gents ;)

Wildgeas Music's avatar
Wildgeas Music said

Juz Great!!!

Reefwalker's avatar
Reefwalker said

Ha, I had to log in again just to laugh at Sister’s comment.
great collab track guys !

Norm's avatar
Norm said

Thanks Sis. Although I’m not suprised, I didn’t realize that - I have now updated the credits.

Guest said

Ha, yeah great collaboration. Truly wild perc there Norm.

Guest said

Lime green polyester and a pimp hat

Rick Phillips's avatar
Rick Phillips said

I’m no ;longer in a funk, you are the FUNK!

Guest said

Cool, nice work,luv the photo also.

vaisvil's avatar
vaisvil said

this be the ticket!!

thetworegs's avatar
thetworegs said

Funktastic, dig the beat Norm and great guitar Captain

Guest said

Funkin cool, mens!
And great pic of Bethan Mathis!

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