Any music like this still made?


The talent, the costumes, the horns and the production. Is any band making music like this these days? Or is this a thing of the past? and Phillip Bailey could hit some notes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm-WYIOFs1I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAMDT0k38DA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJNN-kwjX3s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWr98SFzY_E

Thankfully...NO!

missed what you said about the cosutms
Raphael Saadiq of Toni Tony Tone puts on shows like that
Ceelo, Chrisette Michelle, Bilal


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbGOiJvomKQ

OldManMinerva - missed what you said about the cosutms
Raphael Saadiq of Toni Tony Tone puts on shows like that
Ceelo, Chrisette Michelle, Bilal


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbGOiJvomKQ

VU

Mayer Hawthorne


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4iIsE1PBhE


"Any music like this still made?"

My friends and I (musicians) were huge funk/R&B/Dance fans in the 70's and grew up on EW&F. When the 80's and New Wave hit
everyone was dropping real instruments for synths. Drum machines had so taken over lots of Drummers literally figured "Well, that's it for my profession I guess, time to work on my pizza making skills..."

I was always thinking "doesn't anyone do this anymore?" (funk bands like EW&F, with real drummers, percussion, horn sections etc, the life-blood of funk bands).

In around '84 or so my pals and I excitedly bought tickets for The Commodores. But when we were waiting in our seats early, watching the stage being set up, we noticed no horn stands, and some additional banks of keyboards. "Oh no, don't tell me, not them, not THEM!" Sure enough, they'd dropped their horn section and all the horn parts for their hits were played by some white nerdy guy on synth. It was just demoralizing, like seeing the gravestone of an artform.

All we wanted was SOMEONE playing the type of music we love, the way we loved it. We were so pissed off we just said "let's do it ourselves!" So we formed a band that started with 4 singers and 5 instrumentalists, and it finally got around to up to 10 or 12 members, horns etc, doing covers of all the old Funk - Brick, EW&F, Commodores, George Clinton, Jacksons, Zapp, and lots of lesser known stuff. It seemed to tap into a need at the time, at least where we lived, where (towards the later part of the 80s) in a synth-driven world, people would just go insane dancing to the music, watching real horns, crazy costumes and moves. (It seemed to go along with drinking too - we broke the alcohol sales in almost every club, and venue we played at). Man it was fun.

In the 90's the nostalgia for the 70's R&B crept back in and you started seeing bands getting back into that groove. But for quite a while there it seemed like the old feel was extinct, vanquished by the tight, cold, robotic programming typical of the 80's.

Now I'm gonna go spin some Chic and some Slave, followed by some Bar-Kays and maybe Lakeside....

prof - 
"Any music like this still made?"

My friends and I (musicians) were huge funk/R&B/Dance fans in the 70's and grew up on EW&F. When the 80's and New Wave hit
everyone was dropping real instruments for synths. Drum machines had so taken over lots of Drummers literally figured "Well, that's it for my profession I guess, time to work on my pizza making skills..."

I was always thinking "doesn't anyone do this anymore?" (funk bands like EW&F, with real drummers, percussion, horn sections etc, the life-blood of funk bands).

In around '84 or so my pals and I excitedly bought tickets for The Commodores. But when we were waiting in our seats early, watching the stage being set up, we noticed no horn stands, and some additional banks of keyboards. "Oh no, don't tell me, not them, not THEM!" Sure enough, they'd dropped their horn section and all the horn parts for their hits were played by some white nerdy guy on synth. It was just demoralizing, like seeing the gravestone of an artform.

All we wanted was SOMEONE playing the type of music we love, the way we loved it. We were so pissed off we just said "let's do it ourselves!" So we formed a band that started with 4 singers and 5 instrumentalists, and it finally got around to up to 10 or 12 members, horns etc, doing covers of all the old Funk - Brick, EW&F, Commodores, George Clinton, Jacksons, Zapp, and lots of lesser known stuff. It seemed to tap into a need at the time, at least where we lived, where (towards the later part of the 80s) in a synth-driven world, people would just go insane dancing to the music, watching real horns, crazy costumes and moves. (It seemed to go along with drinking too - we broke the alcohol sales in almost every club, and venue we played at). Man it was fun.

In the 90's the nostalgia for the 70's R&B crept back in and you started seeing bands getting back into that groove. But for quite a while there it seemed like the old feel was extinct, vanquished by the tight, cold, robotic programming typical of the 80's.

Now I'm gonna go spin some Chic and some Slave, followed by some Bar-Kays and maybe Lakeside....


Awesome story and hell yeah the Bar-Kays

Drugs_Delaney - Mayer Hawthorne


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4iIsE1PBhE

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Prince still doing his thing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1SHXKW4MQs