The Ohio Players
Bootsy Collins/Bootsy's Rubber Band
Kool & The Gang
Tower of Power
You missed the Meters! Other than that I would add Galactic and Orgone for great new funk bands.
I don't really have a favorite funk artist. I like listening to different styles of funk depending on what I'm feeling.
Pop the cork
Soror: I'm defining funk with this list as being kind of "roots" funk-the stuff that's bonafied, unquestionable funk-to-the-bone. In retrospect, that probably means I shouldn't have put Curtis Mayfield on, but the point is: If there's any question as to the funkiness whatsoever, it wasn't included. Maybe I'll do a best "funk crossover" list next time.
To the center of the city in the night, waiting for you.
The P-Funk. (Yes, they're one band....separating them is like separating Hall from Oates. It's criminal.)
You just don't get any funkier than George Clinton. Not even James Brown....who I'd shuffle off into the Soul category (he's the Godfather of Soul, not Funk). Clinton is the Godfather of Funk.
[ ] U2 [ ] Sheryl Crow [ ] Cracker [ ] Springsteen [ ]The Pogues
[ ] Cage the Elephant [ ] Neil Young [ ] P-Funk [ ] Heart [X]RUN-DMC [X] MeatLoaf
Prince is, of course, but I voted for The Ohio Players.
Afraid nobody 'round here
understands my potato
They think I'm only a spud boy
looking for a real tomato
Devo - "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA"
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