Dam-Funk – What’s In My Bag?

Hey what’s happenin’ y’all, this is Dam-Funk, I’m on Stones Throw Records from Los Angeles California by way of Pasadena and I’m on What’s in My Bag. One love. When I come to Amoeba, I usually go to the more rare 12 inches that are on the wall in the disco/funk section. One of the ones that struck me right away was this one. It’s by Kenix, his name is Kent Nix and he’s a great producer. He did a lot of the great stuff on West End Records and this is one called ‘There’s Never Been (No One Like You).’ It has a long version which is incredible. This is a New York based 12-inch boogie record from Henderson and Whitfield. It’s phenomenal. It actually says ‘Another Boogie Mix’ on here so that’s even before people were using the term, but this is from 1981. It has a great break in it, it’s very soulful. It’s not like the cheesy disco y’know we got bombarded with in the late 70s which caused people to burn the records in the football stadium so it got a little bit more funky around 1980 and 1981 so this is one of those joints right here. Prince, ‘Dirty Mind.’ This record is just phenomenal. It was very influential in my career and sound but most of all the spirit of this record. Recorded all by himself in his bedroom studio, was just his breakout record that got the critics, if you will, to finally embrace him after the first two albums he released were more like R&B and soul but this one he went a little bit more harder, with more guitars and just more of a stripped-down sound. This one is by The Sunburst Band, it’s called ‘The Easton Assassin.’ It’s about Larry Holmes, the boxer. So it’s like a rap on one side and I’m hoping it’s an instrumental… oh yeah, instrumental on the other side. Even though I love the rap version, the instrumental I think works better at places like Funkmosphere and those kind of clubs. We got this one from Ahzz, it’s ‘New York’s Movin” but this is a reissue, so I might have to put this one back. Just kidding. I like reissues but I have a lot of this stuff in my collection as some of the collectors out there know we want to leave reissues for people who are just getting into things and so they won’t be bought up by the time we’re trying to snag everything so I’m gonna put this one to the side and whoever wants that they can come to Amoeba and check it out. A real good funk one, W.A.G.B. Band, it’s called ‘I Can Get You Over’ It’s a nice boogie track. How would you describe or define ‘boogie,’ for people who don’t know what that is? Boogie is a more soulful form of disco, and a lighter form of funk. So it’s right in between. Bass lines are kind of funk, funked up thumping but slower tempos than disco was. And also, it’s not four on the floor all the time, it’s like the one and the two, know what I mean? They started using the term boogie to transition from disco because it became too… you know I love Giorgio Moroder but a lot of the producers were copying Giorgio Moroder to make it more sterile disco. So the boogie gave you a nod of like, oh it’s more soulful now, y’know what I mean? This one’s an original by Inner Life. Patrick Adams, to me the king of disco funk, and Leroy Burgess but this particular track is produced by Stan Lucas. They were all a team. They did a lot of great disco in New York especially on Salsoul Records and Prelude and P & P Records. This has an instrumental of ‘I Like It Like That.’ That’s a fun one to play out and just ride around to. This one is by Radiance. It’s a group out of the Bay Area. And I’ve never seen a sealed copy. It was on Quincy Jones’ Quest label. They only did one album, but there’s some good songs on here. One called ‘I Can’t Keep My Hands to Myself.’ This one, in the same section, is from
Shanice Wilson. She’s a Pasadena native and it’s a great record. People overlook this record, it’s phenomenal. It has a Minneapolis sound. It was produced by Bryan Loren. It has some great stuff on here from beginning to end. It’s a phenomenal record. I know people are probably thinking, what the hell? But this is a fantastic record. The Dazz Band, very underrated band from the Midwest. I just got into a song from them, it’s called ‘Heartbeat’ and that’s on here. It’s just a good two-step, backwards skating type song that they would play at a skating rink, but like mid-tempo. And this last one is Debbie Blackwell, but it really is like a Leroy Burgess record and he’s the king of boogie. Leroy Burgess used to be in Black Ivory. He was the lead singer, but he transitioned under Patrick Adams’ tutelage into one of the most phenomenal boogie producers and writers. He’s also known for a really great record under the name of Logg but, yeah, anything that I see with Leroy Burgess on it, I get. And this particular song, again, I got it for the glorious instrumental version. So that’s what was in my bag and those are the kind of things I got. Cool, thank you so much. No problem.

65 thoughts on “Dam-Funk – What’s In My Bag?

  1. Great artist and human being. I'm looking forward to his show Sunday at the Independent.

  2. Cant wait to play some "to each iz own" for my newborn. Love some Dam Funk!-gary/texas

  3. FunkMoSphere at Virgil Bar every Thursday on Santa Monica/Virgil. Be there to hear The Honorable Dam Funk and other dope Boogie Funk Djs spin that FUNK! Great time every time.

  4. Never heard of DF before watching this but his knowledge of funk/RnB /disco was educational. Learned something new. Need to track down a copy of LOGG

  5. The burning (more blowing up of records) happened at White Sox baseball park Southside Chi…not a football field if I remember correctly

  6. It's about time they got Dam-Funk…he's only afterall one of the most passionate, and inspiring artists to ever enter the game. FINALLY "Invite the Light" comes out Sep. 04, it is the ONLY ALBUM since the last Madlib album I got that I actually WANT to go to the record store and pay full price. NO downloading, no free streaming…infact his album was streaming for free yesterday, I could only listen to 3 tracks (that I already heard) because I didn't want the rest of the album spoiled…I am THAT excited about it. Hell I even traveled 7+ hours a year ago to see him perform (and ended up meeting him) in NYC. I HAD to tell him "I traveled all the way here JUST to see you, and I really wanted to say thank you for your music".
    I swear, his calling was music, he was put on this Earth FOR music. This guys' music is so unique and extraordinaty that it's very surprising he isn't selling records like Drake or these other played-out artists…He stays cool, he remains true, and he has NO competition because nobody can compare to him. The man is a genius, a mastermind, a legend.

  7. really appreciate these videos, and the format is great, with the audio snippets, photo/video intercuts!

  8. How come you guys haven't gotten Anthony Fantano on this show whoever is in charge of this show get on it.

  9. Found most those records in nashville for half the price. We have records here .dam funk would be sick

  10. Best episode in a while, some really cool picks. I will be looking into this sort of stuff

  11. the disco demolition night was mainly a hyper-masculine, homophobic, racist backlash to disco. make no mistake, those assholes would have destroyed boogie records too if they had existed.

  12. ahh that kenix record was a good pick up. Also props to Amoeba for quality pricing, shit is going for $80+ online.

  13. Yeah that shanice album is the one!!! Haha I always wondered if he was into that

  14. been lovin this dude since i saw wolf sign him to stonesthrow..

    dude has some crazy sick production skills..
    peace n luv from the IE Dam..
    keep funkin

  15. I just want Dam-Funk to take me shopping and show me what I need to get to expand my funk, soul, disco, and boogie collection

  16. damfunk is such an OG in the funk/boogie shit, his boiler room collections is CRAZY!

  17. Do people really pay 30 $ for what is basically a single (1 track) ? The demand is that high ?

  18. Shoutin' out my favorite Prince album, Dirty Mind! And Patrick Adams! And I haven't heard the name Bryan Loren in forever. Dam-Funk knows his joints!

  19. All this time I'm thinking 'Boogie' was a feeling you get deep down in your bones when that beat drops💣🎵💃, or when your favorite sing along part comes on🗣🎤🎼. Little did I know it's a music genre🤔😃😉

  20. I think the reason they burned those records in public, is because they couldn't and still can't dance. Gene Simmons and crew included.

  21. With all due respect – that record burning was not because it was cheesy – all the records they burned were by black artists. You do the math.

  22. Dam-Funk…talk about an extremely gifted artist that REALLY knows his music.

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