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The Fatback Band

Steppin' (1974) - The Fatback Band

The Fatback Band

The Fatback Band (later, Fatback) were a 1970s and '80s American funk band. They began recording in 1973 with "Street Dance" and "Fatbackin' " (Perception Records) and then some singles on Event Records. Sales were slim until "Spanish Hustle" , which was a moderate hit. 1979's "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" is widely considered the first hip hop single.

In the 1980s, Fatback had several more hits, including "Take It Any Way You Cant It" and "Spread Love". --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatback_Band [Oct 2004]

Disco [...]

Disco is an up-tempo style of dance music that originated in the early 1970s, mainly from funk and soul music, popular originally with gay and black audiences in large U.S. cities. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco [Sept 2004]

Funk [...]

Funk is a vigorous African American style of music developed mainly by James Brown and his band members (especially Maceo and Melvin Parker) on the one hand and groups like The Meters on the other hand. In the 1970s, George Clinton developed a new kind of funk he termed P Funk.

In the 1980s, funk lost some of its audience as bands became more commercial and music more electronic.

Today, hip hop artists regularly sample old funk tunes, sometimes for the purpose of waking them up to new recognition. --http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funk

First rap record: King Tim III (Personality Jock) (1979) - Fatback [...]

King Tim III (Personality Jock) (1979) is widely considered the first rap record.

Successive music styles

Fatback produced almost 20 albums from 1972 to 1989. Remarkable was that the band managed to stick to its image and trademarks through several succesive music styles. From the early seventies jazzfunk, via late seventies disco, to early eighties rap and the more sophisticated eighties funk, one could always easily recognize a Fatback record. --http://www.xyberweb.com/freestyle/fatback.htm [Oct 2004]

Proto rap music [...]

Classic Funk [...]

Vol. 1-Classic Funk Mastercuts (1992) - Various Artists [Amazon.com]

  • Vol. 1-Classic Funk Mastercuts (1992) - Various Artists [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

    1. Who is he and what is he to you - Creative Source 2. Wicky wacky - Fatback Band 3. Gimme some more - JB's 4. For the love of money - O'Jays 5. Fire - Ohio Players 6. Pusherman - Mayfield, Curtis 7. Blow your head - Wesley, Fred & The JB's 8. Fencewalk - Mandrill (1) 9. Pick up the pieces - Average White Band 10. Rock creek park - Blackbyrds 11. NT Pts 1 and 2 - Kool & The Gang 12. Stone to the bone - Brown, James (1)

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