Number 56 – She’s Got Some Spunk In Her Funk

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I love, LOVE, LOVE this song!!!!!!

You can search forever and just not come up with much of nothin’ on this song….

So, that leaves me with “me”. As you all well know by now, my takes are my takes. My parallels are my parallels, my opinions are mine…

“I look at the world through a different pair of sunglasses. I don’t ask that you buy the same pair, just take a minute to try ’em on and see how things look.”-moi

There’s no deep meaning here, just the boys havin’ fun with different influences and genres, along with some scat and rhymes, to come up with a song that I don’t think anyone really got when it first came out. During the ’77-’79 era, Disco, Boogie, R&B, and Funk were in their prime, and during these times, most people didn’t “multi-task”. In other words, you were either a fan of one genre, but not usually another, and if you were a “Rocker”, you just didn’t do Funk, or anything else for that matter. Kind of a shame when you think about it…

Oh how times have changed! Sure there’s still a great divide between “Yacht Rock” and Metal, and “Hip Hop” and “Pop”, but not like it was back then. Let’s not forget what took place on July 12th, 1979 at Wrigley Field. I really don’t think we will ever see anything like that again, at least I hope not… But it shouldn’t surprise anyone that this song, done by America’s Greatest Rock Band Ever and that they would go on 10 years later to receive a Soul Train Award for Best Rap Artist…

In ’77, when the album came out, the boys were critiqued for the initial mess the album seemed to be. The talk of too many drugs, the talk of the band losing their grip, losing their ability to make good music… losing their ability to, well…even be relevant. Maybe some of that was true at the time, maybe it wasn’t. I look at those times a little differently, through a different pair of sunglasses if you will…. Don’t get me wrong, I bought the album the first week it hit the shelves, and I was very disappointed. However, I never gave up on it.

I don’t really remember the exact time, or even the year it hit me, when I “got it”… But I noticed that the more I listened to this record, drugs aside, I noticed Jack and the guys were trying something new, but staying “home” to find it. They were expanding their repertoire, but keeping their identity, their roots. By the way, this would continue with this band their entire career, and often was the case; it would take me a bit. This song here fits this concept, maybe more than any other on the record. And there’s more of this record to come on this list.

Maybe they should have cared more about the division of musical tastes. Maybe they should have thought more about delving into a genre such as this, before doing so. For me though, I love their “no fear” attitude. I love that these guys didn’t see the divisions as wide as everyone else did. I love that they weren’t afraid to sample their own influences, I love that weren’t afraid to have fun…

The song IS NOT so obvious. Probably wouldn’t make most people’s Top 100, let alone break their top 60. Especially with it being on one of the worst received albums they ever made, and virtually no props to the song at all, none, zero, nada. Personally I think the album, and song were way before their time, with so many influences coming out in the music. This song really shows a lot of people what maybe they never knew. Maybe they heard it and didn’t get it. Maybe they read it and never heard it…. Maybe they heard it and hated it, for what it was, or for their own short-sightedness on what these guys were doing.

Joe’s influences weren’t just people like Jeff Beck or Jimmy Page, or Hendrix, but all kinds of people, and bands like The “Meters”, and ‘James Brown’, were huge influences…. One of his biggest influences of the time was a rhythm guitarist, ‘Catfish’ Collins who played for Brown and was also in “Funkadelic”, and then there’s Ernie Isley of the “Isley Brothers”… Listen to “Walk” again with that ear, a new ear. Listen for the originality of the lick, never before heard in Rock n Roll. This is what’s going on here, in this song. This is Joe saying, let’s take some “Funk” and Rock it!” Those influences come out in this song. Take another listen with the marriage of Funk and Great American Rock n Roll…

Give Joey his roots, give Steven some scat and rhymes…. It doesn’t need meaning, it just rocks! Listen to Tom “Funk it up”! And Brad just keeping the speed. Steven’s lyrics give that 70’s Aerosmith grit and tit! It has all the sleaze we ever loved from this band. Half the fun of this song is the mess that it is. Listen to the lyrics, listen to the rhythm… It’s perfect! With all its missed notes, and chords. It’s the chick with the unkempt hair, with the boots that don’t go with the skirt. It’s her shirt that may be a bit more risque than one might expect, it’s her not caring at all, she fuckin’ rocks it!

That’s what this song is. A song about a chick that is as about as fuckin’ sleazy as they come, and you know what? That’s the best thing about her… “She’s a love lust hussy”.

Playin’ no fair sleepin’ under stairs

Downtown’s a pity takin’ fair square
Every where’s pretty gritty…”

“Turnin’ in style
Walk a mile for your titty
Naked foul while under there
Underwear that’s pretty gritty…”

 “Peeled back and parted”

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BrotherSpike80

I am a man of simple means. My family is what's important to me. My family and my 3 girls mean more to than the sun! If you ask me what I think, I will tell you straight! So don't ask if you don't wanna know. I like people who are real and don't like those who aren't. You'll know where you fit with me pretty quick. I give most everyone the benefit of the doubt, at least until they prove me wrong. I've lived most my life like there was no tomorrow, at least until my daughters were born, and then even a bit after. By the way; That is NOT good advice... just a statement. I don't believe in "Halfway" Why put on the skis if you're not gonna at least try the face? But I also believe that there is more than Black and White. I believe in where I came from, I don't believe what I went through was ALL worth it! I believe in doing the right thing, more than doing what's right! I believe in "true" friendship, I also know that 99% of them aren't true. I will live a happy life and die a complete man if my kids learn from my mistakes.