Funkiest groove laid down by a white artist/band or predominantly white band

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Indigo Lines, Apr 28, 2020.

  1. Indigo Lines

    Indigo Lines Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    That old adage about 'white people can't play funk' certainly ISN'T true, and I've been thinking "hmm... what's THE funkiest song done by a Caucasian/s?" Here are 10 I can think of just off the bat - whether any of them is the funkiest, I'm not sure, but they are certainly insanely rhythmic:

    1975: David Bowie - Golden Years
    1977: Baccara - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie
    1979: Blondie - Heart of Glass
    1980: Queen - Another One Bites the Dust
    1981: The Clash - The Magnificent Seven
    1983: New Order - Blue Monday
    1990: Madonna - Vogue
    1994: Whigfield - Saturday Night
    1996: Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity
    1996: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Love Rollerocaster
  2. vulcangascompany

    vulcangascompany Forum Resident

    SW UK
    Did you put that in to test us?!? :confused: :nyah:
  3. jimod99

    jimod99 Daddy or chips?

    Vienna, Austria
    Have you never heard of the Average White Band?
  4. Bassist

    Bassist Forum Resident

    They would get my vote though I also have a massive soft spot for Rare Earth.

    And that is before we get to 3rd and 4th album Talking Heads.
  5. otis escalator

    otis escalator Forum Resident


    Paul's Boutique through Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, too many to mention
  6. Juan Hitwonder

    Juan Hitwonder Forum Resident

    Morris Albert -- "Feelings"
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  7. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    I checked a list of the 100 greatest funk songs and the highest one by a white band is Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music.”
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  8. Terrapin Station

    Terrapin Station Forum Resident

    NYC Man
    There's easily as much funk(y) stuff by predominantly white bands, especially when you factor in jazz-fusion--Brecker Brothers, Chick Corea's Elektric Band, Tower of Power, Funk Factory, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jeff Beck, etc.

    But tons of rock bands, and especially hard rock has a significant R&B and funk influence that's often overlooked for some reason (just like significant country influences are often overlooked, too). Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Soundgarden are a few prime examples.

    And of course there are genres like funk or groove metal, rap rock, nu metal, etc.
  9. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

  10. hyntsonsvmse

    hyntsonsvmse Johnny Guitar

    was there a funkier white band than Rare Earth. I love this band, especially their lengthy live stuff where they really showed how to groove and improvise.
    Check out the live albums plus Ma, Get Ready, Ecology
    Rare Earth pure funky groove
  11. Jackson

    Jackson Forum Resident

    MA, USA
    This man gets my vote.

  12. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

  13. Royce

    Royce Forum Resident

    First band I thought of when I read the title! :righton:
  14. Prism

    Prism Forum Resident

    The Talking Heads, Burning Down the House (and many others)
  15. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    The Dapps -- who backed James Brown on things like "I Can't Stand Myself," among other tracks, was as funky as any band on Earth ever was or could be, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.


    The Dapps laid down many a funky groove, but none funkier than this one. I'm not sure anyone ever laid down a funkier groove than this:

  16. Telegramsam

    Telegramsam Forum Resident

    I think Bowie´s Fame is funkier than Golden Years
  17. burntprairie

    burntprairie Forum Resident

    This Joe Cocker tune was pretty funky. Written by Cocker and Chris Stainton (who presumably wrote the music). The band also included Neil Hubbard, Alan Spenner, Jim Keltner.
  18. MrSka57

    MrSka57 Forum Resident

    Syracuse, New York
    The O'Kaysions - Girl Watcher
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  19. RJD1954

    RJD1954 Forum Resident

    Perth, Australia
    The Stones Miss You
  20. Trixmay 988

    Trixmay 988 Demere's Dreams

    Perth, Australia
    Drive My Car, Come Together & The Word by The Beatles are all worthy.
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  21. weavzy

    weavzy Needle Dropper

    I always thought the intro to Black Sabbaths Hand of Doom was funky as hell. That drum beat is nasty.
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  22. Maseman66

    Maseman66 Forum Resident

    Westchester, NY
    Average White Band was my first thought. Second thought was I Can Understand It by Kokomo

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  23. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

    Syracuse, NY USA
    The Mohawks - Champ
  24. thehatandbeard

    thehatandbeard Forum Resident

    Weren’t Bowie’s band on Golden Years predominantly black?
  25. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident


    One hit wonders Stretch and "Why did you do it?"

    Very similar to what The Average White Band were doing.
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