Rage Against The Machine – Renegades Of Funk [2000]
March 15, 2011

I never paid much attention to RATM after their first album, I found Battle for Los Angeles to be a bit… heavy if you get my meaning and Renegades ive never even heard. However, this track in its single form got plenty of play in my neck of the woods. Its a huge behemoth of Breakbeat Hip Hop driven rock madness with Zac De La Rocha touting some chuffin excellent name checks and lyrics behind the maelstrom.

Believe it or not, its actually a cover of Africa Bambaataa’s Renegades of Funk and if you give it a listen you’ll catch all the nods and wry nudges to the original but I have to hand it to the guys, they dragged it kicking and screaming into the 2000’s.

Africa Bambaataa – Renegades of Funk

Came courtesy of Anne Marie who dropped this on her profile and i’d forgotten how much I love it.

From Wikipedia
“Renegades of Funk” is a song written by Afrika Bambaataa, Arthur Baker, John Miller & John Robie and recorded by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force. Released in 1983 as a single on the Tommy Boy label, it was also included on the 1986 album Planet Rock: The Album. The song is an eclectic fusion of electronic music and heavy percussion, with politically fused rap lyrics that draw a connection between past revolutionaries and bohemians to present day street artists. It was produced and mixed by Arthur Baker and John Robie. Mastering was by Herb Powers Jr. It was not until 1986 until the song appeared on Planet Rock: the Album.

In 2000, Rage Against the Machine recorded the song on its cover album Renegades. The group played it live for the first time at its reunion show at Coachella 2007. The music video directed by Steven Murashige was a montage of film stock-footage clips, as the band had broken up when the video was released.[1] The montage consists mostly of funk and hip-hop music and events of the Civil Rights movements, interspersed with live footage of the Los Angeles Phantom Street Artist Joey Krebs spray-painting his infamous Outline Silhouettes of Figures mixed with media stills of individuals the song implies are renegades:

Michael Jackson – Workin’ Day & Night [1979]
May 26, 2010

Michael Jacksons first “official” solo studio album was the 1979’s “Off The Wall” and what an album it is. I dont think Jackson ever truly bettered this collaboration with Quincy Jones, managing to keep the album clear of all the Disco cheese of the time and packing it to the rafters with Funk, Soul and Pure Unadulterated Fun. One of my favourite tracks is the one above, heavy on the disco flavor but cheeky as all hell. Ive been putting in the hours just recently (hence the lack of quality updates) and find this fella to be a perfect way to describe it.

From Discogs
One of the tightest disco albums, with many hits and even more not so known tracks, of which many are as tight as the hits. Michael Jackson’s first successful solo recording, the previous records probably trying to continue the Jackson 5-format. Quincy Jones’ production and the new disco/funk/soul-sound in addition to Mr. Jacksons developing skills and charisma made this record both a smash hit and a record which continues to entertain and overwhelm even after thirty decades have passed since the original recording date.

If ever an artist has given so much to music worldwide, it is Michael Jackson. This album has more funk, more soul and more shake than any other album. From track 1 to 10 it is a ride of musical bliss. My fave tracks are Get on the floor, Off the wall, I can’t help it and Burn this disco out (If you’ve never heard these try to). Thriller was good but this shows what Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones were all about.