Music Monday: Fun-kay

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! It's getting warm out, people are wearing less, and that's a good excuse to start havin' fun. We're gonna get funky today, and we invite you to join us.

Gap Band - Early In The Morning

 

The music is top notch, but even if it wasn't, you'd still have a good reason to love The Gap Band. What reason, you ask? THOSE HATS. Also of note is how The Gap Band made their song so impervious that even cover versions will remain substantially funky.

It's only gettin' funkier from here. See you after the jump.

As always, remember our Spotify playlist will be featuring a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is A Tribute To George Jones. RIP, Possum. But before you start reminiscing, check out our current Music Monday, right now.

Hot Chocolate - Every 1s A Winner

 

Hot Chocolate is responsible for two different giant funk songs but I personally like this one the best. Maybe because it's not played as often, or maybe because of that fuzzy guitar/astral synth combo.

The Spinners - Rubberband Man

 

Pick up a rubber band and stretch it out. Start to thump it. What will you hear? Probably nothing but tiny twangs. But in your mind, if you're being honest with yourself, it would sound like the bass line on this song. Dare you to not dance in your chair as you listen.

Chromeo - Tenderoni

 

Yes, they are young men. So were Marvin Gaye and George Clinton once upon a time. Even if they're loved by a lot of hipsters, this is still good music, and still just as funky as anything that came before. Well, okay, not ANYthing. But it's a good song from a good band and that's good enough for me.

Stevie Wonder - Maybe Your Baby

 

Why does Stevie get to close us out? Because. Seriously, because. If you can't figure it out just by listening then it is YOU WHO HAVE THE PROBLEM. Also please enjoy Superstition in the mix as well. Sort of a little bonus to keep you funky all day.

The only way we're going to get more funky is if you help us. Throw your favorite funkay track into the comments below, then go tear the roof off our Turntable.fm room and the regular Music Monday enjoyment. Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use.