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Do the Funky Somethin: Best of
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
The Crown Prince of Dance earned his nickname long before he made "The Funky Chicken" all the rage of 1970s dance floors. Thomas instructs your feet in "Walking the Dog," your torso in "The Breakdown," your shaking booty i... more »
The Crown Prince of Dance earned his nickname long before he made "The Funky Chicken" all the rage of 1970s dance floors. Thomas instructs your feet in "Walking the Dog," your torso in "The Breakdown," your shaking booty in "The Push and Pull." Backed by the best musicians at Stax, Rufus transcends the novelty aspects of his songs to create timeless good times. The music on this CD explains how he got his other nicknames: The World's Oldest Teenager, and The Funkiest Man Alive. --Robert Gordon
Great Party Disk
thedevilscoachman | Vienna, Virginia | 12/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rufus Thomas drove Stax to make probably its funkiest music. Standing somewhere astride R&B and early funk, Thomas cut some classic songs in the 1960's that must be heard - "Walking the Dog" "Somebody Stole My Dog" "The World is Round" ("but its crooked just the same!"), and, my favorite, "Memphis Train," the funkiest and hardest-driving of these songs. Then, in the Seventies, he introduced an even more funky, danceable, horn-driven sound that sounds like an early-'60's "Live at the Apollo" era James Brown soul review, but done in a early 1970's funk style (if that makes any sense)on tunes like "Do the Funky Chicken." Its fun music, with lots of jokes and asides; although Thomas doesn't take himself too seriously, its still seriously great, fun music. An extra bonus is here for rap fans, in that you can finally track down where some of those samples come from - Easy (Ezy?) E sampled "Do the Funky Chicken" to great comic effect on the first song on his first solo album; and Big Daddy Kane sampled the funny bari sax blurt from "Sophisticated Sissy" to equally good effect on one of his late 1980's albums. Highly recommended."
You missed a GREAT track!
david bowker | Denver, Co United States | 05/21/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I backed Rufus Thomas in 1985 spent some time on and off stage a REAL character and the ultimate professional .. He worked my band HARD! and we learned a LOT from him . I'll never forget him .This is a great compilation by Rhino except they have a tendency again and again to miss off one or two real gems from their otherwise excellent compilations .. this time they missed a KILLER track which was a b' side of an early Stax single Billie Holidays 'Fine and Mellow' . Rufus Kicked ass on this and Croppers guitar and The Stax horns never sounded better; a great arrangement lost forever .hence only 4 stars . what is on here is Top notch prime Rufus! David Booker"
email@example.com | usa | 01/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this disc is so funky and so much fun.walking the dog had me laughing but the grooves were no joke.this man's work is very underrated but should be heard.he has done alot of great music.and it's good but also fun.it's a straight up party."