So, I decided that, from now on, Fridays will be FunkyFridays for funk songs. And I decided that I'd inaugurate it with the funkateer who is mounting a one-man campaign to make the Twitterverse funky, Mr. Bootsy Collins.
Bootsy is many things. A peerless bassist and out-of-this-world funk practitioner known for creating very liquid, squiggly, elastic grooves. A central member of the Parliafunkadelicment movement. A member of the James Brown band that recorded seminal funk classics such as Super Bad, Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine & Talkin' Loud and Saying Nothing.
In 1975, George Clinton, the ringmaster of the Parliament-Funkadelic circus, got Bootsy a deal with Warner Bros. Records, which, despite having acts like The Meters (on Reprise) and Graham Central Station, was not exactly known as a leading force in recording R&B. But Bootsy gave them enormous cred with his first album, Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band, which featured today's Song of the Day - Stretchin' Out (In A Rubber Band).
The song was the last addition to the album, recorded when it was realized that the impending platter lacked a commercial hit. Bootsy, listening to the work in progress, said the band was stretching out on that one. Not one to miss an opportunity, George told him, "That's it! Stretchin' Out-in a Rubber Band.' The album, song and band had a name.
It's a very deep, hard hitting and percolating groove. It just kind of bounces around for about seven minutes or so in your hips, your backbone, making you want to move. It's full of absurd non-sequitirs and party chants that will pack any dance floor, any night, guaranteed. The version below is not the original one, but it does prove how indestructible and undeniable the groove is. Get funky: