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Bootsy Collins

Time to get funky. Jim and Greg are joined by Bootsy Collins to go through the history of Funk. The heart of the genre is the rhythm. When James Brown wanted to“give the drummer some,”he meant it. In addition, as funk grew so did the development of the black band. Previously, as with doo wop groups, the emphasis was on the singer. Bootsy's own career as a singer, songwriter and bassist mirrors the development of funk. After performing in the Pacemakers with his brother Catfish, both Collins men joined James Brown's backing band The JB's. Bootsy credits James Brown with teaching him the concept of "The One," and they collaborated on funk classics like "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" and "Super Bad." His next move was to Detroit to work with George Clinton on Parliament and Funkadelic, and he later formed his own group, Rubber Band. His latest album is aptly named The Funk Capital of the World.

To cap off the segment, Jim and Greg talk about two significant funk tracks. Greg plays "It's Your Thing," by The Isley Brothers, featuring virtuosic bass playing by a 16-year old Ernie Isley. Jim goes to Bootsy's home state and plays The Ohio Players' song "Funky Worm."

Go to episode 303
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Best Bass Lines

A great bass line sets the tone for an entire song! This week, Jim and Greg give some love to the bassists out there, selecting some of their favorite bass lines.

Go to episode 719

Songs About Space

Fifty years ago this summer, the Apollo 11 mission successfully put a man on the moon. In honor of that“giant leap,”Sound Opinions is going to space with an interplanetary selection of songs.

Here are Jim and Greg's picks of songs about outer space from across the sonic galaxy, from Sun Ra to Portishead.

Go to episode 700