Funk Friday – When Punk Went Funky
Every Friday is Funky Friday on Planet Mondo and this Friday brings you two New Wave nuggets with videos and downloads for both tracks.
Given that the Sex Pistols coverered tracks by the The Who and Small Faces, Matlock’s Mod roots and Lydon’s love of Reggae, it was invevitable there would be some funky fallout following the Punk explosion. (An early Pistols gig was billed as Machine Bubble Disco, and the Seditionaries Vive le Rock (version 2) T shirts featured a scrawled “Punk Rock Disco” slogan). Disco and Punk were both driven by a sweaty energy,manic dance routines and a highly stylised dress code as escapism from the bleak prospects of ‘No Future’, ‘dead end’ jobs and long term unemployment – unheard of for teenagers in the 50’s and 60’s.
For all it’s trademark jerky, angular clangings, New Wave recycled the uptempo high-hats and handclaps of Disco and Funk, with the dress down charity shop trimmings of Punk – PIL, The Clash, XTC, The Slits, Talking Heads, Eno and Byrne, Blondie, Adam and the Ants, The Police, Ian Dury and the Blockheads all dabbled with Dance or Dub rythms and Rock riffing.
And after visiting New York, the Professor Pat Pending of Punk Malcom McLaren was instrumental in bringing Hip Hop, scratching and break dancing to the UK (and as a consequence the rest of the world) in 1982 following an appearance on ‘The Tube’ and the release of his single ‘Buffalo Girls’ (McLaren also put World music on world stage on his 1983 album ‘Duck Rock’)
Two years later Lydon and Afrika Bambaataa put their heavily coiffeured heads together, mergered Rock, Rap and the omnipresent 80’s terror of nuclear armageddon to create ‘World Destruction’ the first ‘Rapcore’ track pre dating Run DMC and The Beastie Boys by two years.
Time Zone – ‘World Destruction’
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