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October 09, 2006

Funkybliss

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

For funky, semi-camp-but-genuinely-danceable, '80s bliss, does your vote go to Billy Ocean's inimitable "Get Out of My Dreams (Get Into My Car)"?



Or to Rick James' never-to-be-equalled "Superfreak"?



Mr. James is, sadly, no longer with us, though you can always explore the Rick James website. Interesting to learn that Mr. Ocean was born Leslie Charles in Trinidad; that he was awarded an honorary doctorate in music by Westminster University; and that he recently converted to Rastafarianism. The Billy Ocean website is here.

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at October 9, 2006




Comments

Check out the three Rick James video spoofs produced by Dave Chappelle at YouTube. Rick James himself appears in them!

Posted by: Charlton Griffin on October 9, 2006 9:26 AM



Nah, for sheer just-barely-80s danceability, I vote for Carl Carlton's ridiculous "She's A Bad Mamma Jamma" (which would make a great mashup with the Spice Girls' "Say You'll Be There" brought up to tempo, which has probabaly already been done, dunno). The Ocean and James tunes are fabulous, too, but most of my dancing takes place in front of the kitchen sink and Mamma Jamma just makes me work the whole room (big kitchen).

Posted by: Flutist on October 9, 2006 6:22 PM



Of the two, Rick James, by a mile. Listen to that bass line, baby, and the honking sax. Which is not to disparage the Billy Ocean song one bit...just not as funky. It's depressing to think I will never dance to music this good again...damn knees.

Now hie thee off to find me some Cameo & Gap Band.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin on October 9, 2006 11:08 PM



Easy, Rick James. I've always hated that Billy Ocean song.

Posted by: claire on October 10, 2006 3:11 PM






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