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Funk and Reggae Punk Rock Discussion of 4-1-2016
History of Popular Music, 1950-Present
Richard King
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Music, Musc205
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Date Created: 03/30/16
Funk and Reggae 3/21/2016 Why These Two Together?  Stylistic similarities  Both foundational in the 70s  Black music, in a very political sense  What they inspired (massively influential in hip hop) Early Funk- James Brown  Few chord changes  Not the catchiest melodies  Rhythm is king  “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” o Rif  They basically act as extensions of the drum  About the show  Everything here is rhythm more than melody  Father of funk “Say it Loud-I’m Black and I’m Proud”  1968  Martin Luther king has been assassinated  Signals a shift to a closer alliance between funk and black power  All of the hallmarks of Brown’s earlier sound  But a diferent message  More of a pride of being black  Funk becomes alive with this movement  African American music that doesn’t get stolen by whites Sly and the Family Stone  Sly Stone was the leader of a diverse group  Lyrics of tolerance: “Diferent strokes for diferent folks” o Music of inclusiveness o Meant to say this is about everyone o Comes out of San Francisco  “Everyday People” (1969) Innovation and Nostalgia  Ex: “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)”- 1969 o Innovation in both style  Larry Graham: slap bass innovator  Layers of rifs George Clinton Parliament, Funkadelic  Funk mixed with rock  Has layers built on top of one another  Or funk on acid  Or funk from outer space  Or glitter funk  Funk manifesto: Free your mind, and your ass will follow  Big sound, layers of rifs, heavy bass, verbal mottoes (“we want the funk”) Political Mythology  Created their own funk mythology But Why?  This is, admittedly, hilarious  Pride in Africa The Mothership  The climax of a Parliament concert  Slowly descends to the stage  “Swing down sweet chariot” gets chanted o Sung by slaves  A return from space, to home…a return to Africa Reggae  Music of Jamaica  Began in the late ‘60s  A fusion of ska (instrumental music uses a lot of rif based things), rock steady (, and soul  Examples: “Street Corner”-The Skatalites  “Hold me Tight”-Johnny Nash Reggae Proper  Jimmy Clif – “The Harder They Come”  A perfect demonstration of the mixed influences  1972 Rastafari  Created in the ‘30s by Haile Selassie (emperor of Ethiopia)  Pushes for a connection to Africa  Marijuana as sacrament Punk Rock 3-30- 2016 What is punk? - DIY or “Do it yourself” attitudes - Musical elements of pop and stuf music - Simple chords, instrumentation - Faster tempos o Might be angry- but angry about something - Vocal timbre - Politically and socially conscious New York City- - Birthplace of Punk - CBGBs and OMFUG o Country, Bluegrass, Blues o Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers - The Ramones - Patti Smith - Blondie - Joan Jett and the Black Hearts - Talking Heads - Television - Symbolic- started the career Patti Smith- - Musician, visual artists, poet - Godmother of Punk - “Gloria: In Excelsis Deo” from Horses o started as poem and then evolved - Sounds punk? - Rejected feminist ideas and her past - Punk attitude Ramones - Iconic punk band - Heavily pop and surf rock influenced - Successful in New York, and traveled to England in 1976 o Transatlantic musical exchange - Simple form and chord - Leather jacket and ripped jeans - Have political influences The Clash - “London Calling”- album - Signed with CBS - Album cover - Later hits “Rock the Casbash” and “Should I Stay or Should I Go” Sex Pistols - Johnny Rotten- Frontman Sid Vicious- Bass - Originally short lived - Infamously know for antics - “God Save the Queen” o people were riled up because of this title- cant bash the queen o Outcry and popularity Vivienne Westwood - Woice of London Punk Fashion - Work with Sex Pistols - Punk Fashion Elements o Tartan- type of plaid o Leather o Chains and safety pins o BDSM wear- dog collars, there to provoke o Amazing hair Evolution of Punk - Hardcore o Stylistically harsher, louder o Started on west coast of US o The Dead Kennedys  “Holiday in Cambodia” o Riot GRRRL Bands  Primarily US Northwest  Feminist  Zines  Bikini Kill  Bratmobile  The Third Sex o HarDCore  DC is a major place for punk  Dischord Records  Cofounded by Ian MacKAye and Jef Nelson  Example of DIY  Bands such as Fugazi, Minor Threat, The Teen Idles, Government Issue, Rites of Spring, State of Alert o Straight Edge  Don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs  X, XXX, sXe’DC origins, Minor Threat Song  Of shoot gangs  “Waiting Room”- Fugazi - New wave/post punk o Experimentation with sounds o Added instruments o Also influenced by glam rock  Would take on diferent personas o Siouxsie and Banshees o Adam and the Ants o Blondie - Pop punk o Hey-day in the late 1990s Early 2000s o Most commercial success o Green Day, Blink-182, Sum 41, The Ofspring, Rancid 4-1- 2016 APMR: Bangs, "In which yet another pompous blowhard...," p. 61-63 - Bangs based his writing of rock and roll; he writes with passion - punk means rock in its most basic form - been around from the beginning - punk rock = r&r in its most basic form; it has existed throughout the history of r&r - in the 50s, people couldn’t “play instruments” or “didn’t know how to sing” but now we still listen to those songs - R&R is an art form - anyone can do it, doesn’t matter if you have talent or not - to perform, all you need is NERVE; it’s an attitude, it’s about believing - passion is what it’s all about - “Louie Louie” by the Kinsmen is a prime example of punk rock: it was crude, rude, anyone could play it - just because it’s so simple doesn’t make it worse - The Dolls - r&r is about breaking the form APMR: Frere-Jones, "1979," 65-67. -The Clash: “London Calling” album - punk rock had become their responsibility - they had more music and faith in punk than anyone else - their lyrics talk about riots, American imperialism, etc. - Writter Mark Perry said “punk died the day the Clash signed CBS” - The Clash worked hard to be magical - reggae permits a lot of it - punk has ofshoots How Disco Changed Music Forever - It was a four-on-the-four bassline, euphoric strings, fierce cowbells and a soaring vocal straight out of the church and on to the dancefloor. More importantly it created a place – or rather it soundtracked a space – outside the mainstream. A place where black, Hispanic, gay and any combination thereof could come together and dance, love and just be without fear. - Helped the gay movement o Became more acceptible o Helped make the first gay pop star- Sylvester - Basis of many songs called for unity - Many of the songs were meant for gay people, but it was masked - Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park in Chicago in the summer of 1979- wanted disco to stop- mostly homophobic o Did not kill disco- it has such a huge influence nowadays and the messages were still there o Disco just evolved over time- nothing died- it changed into the music we hear today and still is present in some beats “Four on the Floor”- - Hitting bass drum with every beat, Funk and Disco Terms- - Rif based - Rhythmic - Horns - Dico comes from funk- more polished Disco- - Helped with diversity - Racially diverse- just based on sexual orientation - Being gay in NY is not easy, so it becomes more accepting - Becomes popular because of Saturday Night fever movie o John Travolta is heterosexual and makes it cool to listen to disco and incorporates disco - Death of disco o AIDS epidemic takes its toll on artists o Disco Demolition at baseball o Homophobic backlash- really about gay people- not just the music Punk- Lester Bangs article- - All about passion and attitude - All inclusive- anyone can do it- you should do it yourself - Know three chords and can be a punker o Reminds us of blues and early rock and roll o Punk has been around forever  All about rebellion and can do it  Just a new name - “I want to be sedated”- Ramones o Heavy guitar o Drums o Simplistic, repetitive, rif based o Fast tempo- a lot of energy o Not too annunciated o About drugs  Because he is disillutioned bby everything around him  Angry about something - The Clash is diferent o From London o More musically polished o Outwardly rebellious and anti establishment o More compex o Reggae influence  Short rifs and position of them  Emphasis on horns


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