Funky Dance Party!

May 24th, 2012 at 10:13 am

A friend is having a funky dance party and asked me for some recommendations that would be sure to get even the shyest souls out on the dance floor.  Here’s what I had off the top of my head–each of which has been featured here at OTE:

I Wish, Stevie Wonder

When I Think of You, Janet Jackson

(I Wanna) Be Your Man, Jesse Johnson

In My House, Mary Jane Girls

Rock Steady, Aretha Franklin

What have you got?  Only AAA-list, most funkadelic selections, please.

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21 comments in reply to "Funky Dance Party!"

  1. Tom in MN says:

    The Commodores-Brick House


  2. Jonathan says:

    Do you seriously not have anything by George Clinton!?


  3. Bert Merder says:

    Funkadelic – Loose Booty


  4. tom says:

    ‘Superstition’, Stevie Wonder
    ‘I cant get next to you’, Temptations
    something by Prince


  5. ChacoKevy says:

    “I want to take you Higher” – Sly and the Family Stone


  6. Nadnerb says:

    “Sex Machine”, James Brown
    “O.P.P”, Naughty By Nature
    “Superfreak”, Rick James, Beeyatch!
    “Kung Fu”, Curtis Mayfield
    “When Doves Cry”, Prince
    “Cisco Kid”, War
    “Ain’t Nobody” – Rufus w. Chaka Khan
    “Oh Sheila” – Ready For the World


  7. David A. Spitzley says:

    Anything by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.


  8. NP says:

    Got to have some James Brown.


  9. AndrewBW says:

    Kim Weston’s original version of “Take Me in Your Arms”


  10. Mike says:

    Sly’s “Thank You Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin”
    George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog”
    The Meter’s “Hey Pocky A-way” and “Cissy Strut”
    Parliament “Give Up the Funk”


  11. Funky Dancer says:

    Poppa was a rollin’ stone – temptations
    Play that funky music (white boy) – wild cherry

    and you can’t go wrong with ‘Lovely Day’ by bill withers.


  12. Jason Lange says:

    “Hercules” by Aaron Neville
    “That Lady” by The Isley Brothers
    “Look-ka pv pv” by The Meters
    “The Motor-Booty Affair” by Parliament
    “Rigor Mortis” by Cameo
    “Soul Power” by James Brown
    “Flashlight” by Parliament
    and as things wind down: “I’d Rather Be With You” by Bootsy Collins


  13. Phil Feller says:

    You might want to try some early Talking Heads, which has a lot of funk influences. Try “Girlfriend is Better,” “Life During Wartime,” “Burning Down the House,” “Once in a Lifetime,” or “Take Me to the River.” One of these songs, tossed into the mix, would provide a surprise and a bit of variety.


  14. Mhender says:

    How about Shining Star by Earth Wind & Fire?


    • celjr says:

      “Boogie Wonderland” Earth, Wind & Fire
      “You and I” Rick James
      “Super Freak” Rick James
      “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker” Funkadelic
      “One Nation Under a Groove” Funkadelic
      “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” Temptations
      “City County City” War
      “Third World Girl” Marvin Gaye
      “Chase Me” Con Funk Shun


  15. Phil Feller says:

    I’ve thought of a few more songs that your friend might not otherwise think of. All of these songs bring the funk, even if they come from groups that you wouldn’t normally classify that way:

    Daft Punk: “Around the World”
    LCD Soundsystem: “Daft Punk is Playing at my House”
    Franz Ferdinand: “Take Me Out”
    Gang of Four: “I Love a Man in a Uniform”
    David Bowie: “Let’s Dance”
    Blondie: “Heart of Glass”

    And a few that haven’t yet been mentioned but that you have to play:
    Lipps Inc.: “Funkytown”
    Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Give it Away”

    Those last two are a bit more obvious, and your friend might well already have them on the list.


  16. Tim says:

    “Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On)”- Lee Dorsey
    “I’ll Call Before I Come”- Outkast
    “Superbad”- James Brown
    “Controversy”- Prince


  17. Phil Feller says:

    How could I have forgotten to mention Ohio Players’ “Love Rollercoaster?” David A. Spitzley suggested Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. I’d also suggest something from their Daptones label-mates, The Budos Band, perhaps “Chicago Falcon.”



  18. jamie_2002 says:

    Jungle boogie


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