BOOTSY COLLINS — World Wide Funk

Along with James Brown, George Clinton and Sly Stone, Mister WILLIAM “BOOTSY” COLLINS and his thumby bass guitar plus those forever tongue-in-cheek vocals, established himself as one of the pioneer funk-fathers in the late 1960’s — working first with The Pacemakers and later in James Brown’s backing band, “The J.B’s.”

During that time he worked on “The Grunt” and “Super Bad” amongst other funk standards.

After moving to Detroit to join The Spinners, he instead followed the advice of singer Mallia Franklin and joined Clinton’s band, Funkadelic .

Bootsy’s wind-up alter ego…

In 1976 Bootsy, with Catfish Collins (his brother who plays the guitar), Frankie “Kash” Waddy, Joel Johnson, Gary “Mudbone” Cooper, Robert Johnson and The Horny Horns (the horn section from the J.Bs led by trombonist Fred Wesley) formed Bootsy’s Rubber Band, a separate touring unit under Clinton’s P-Funk collective.

BOOTSY’S RUBBER BAND recorded five albums together, the first three reckoned to be ideally representative of P-Funk recordings.

The 1978 album “Bootsy? Player of the Year” included the single “Bootzilla” said to written about Bootsy’s wind-up alter-ego, a toy he once described as “the world’s only rhinestone rock-star doll.

In July 2010, Collins, in partnership with former child actor Cory Danziger, launched the Funk University or “Funk U” as it became known, an online-only bass guitar school where he serves as curator and lead professor.

In 2004 Collins featured on the album “True Love” by Toots and the Maytals that went on to win a Grammy award for Best Reggae Album.

“I wanted to create a mystical monster…” says Collins

This month, BOOTSY COLLINS launches a new album — his first for six years — titled “World Wide Funk.” It features an array of notable names, such as Chuck D, Buckethead, Eric Gales, Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, Musiq Soulchild, Bernie Worrell, Kali Uchis and many others.

I wanted to create a mystical monster...” says Collins. And so he has — we had a listen:

Title track “World Wide Funk” has guitar from Buckethead, rhythmic wordery from Doug E. Fresh and contributions from talented writer/bassist Alissia Benveniste. It’s a splendid nourishment, proud and filled with glory.

Ladies Nite” feat. Compton legend MC Eiht & the BlvckSeeds [a tribal multifaceted collective of artists] is a joyous celebration of life and love with fine rap from Aziza Love — this feels like a nitric trip back to some kinda funktacular future.

Worth My While” (feat. singer/songwriter Kali Uchis) has a melody line that has quite possibly been inspired by the “Sisters With Voices” number ‘Rain.’ It’s a softly jazzy number with a uniquely bubbly texture, which seems aerated by the drilling citric slices of Ernie Isley-style guitar. This number contains a liquid caramel centre that will certainly increase the listening pleasure.

Hot Saucer” (feat. Musiq Soulchild & Big Daddy Kane) with chucking Nile Rodgers style guitar-work and molten-syrup voices plus a stimulating climax.

This is an unbelievably funkalious offering…

Welcome to a funkafied back-to-front history…


Words: @neilmach 2017 ©


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