The title refers to the famous (or infamous) diss made by George Clinton and Funkadelic to Earth, Wind & Fire on the song “Let’s Take It To The Stage.” Never mind the fact that EW&F had just as much funk as the P. Funk Mob—they just used theirs in another direction. It also wasn’t as if Funkadelic and Clinton only took shots at EW&F either; Kool & The Gang, James Brown, Sly & The Family Stone and Rufus all got whacked in that song.
This particular Funky Friday, I’ve picked out of few of my favorite Earth, Wind & Fire funk songs. You aren’t going to find “September,” or “Let’s Groove,” or “Got To Get You Into My Life,” or even “Boogie Wonderland” here. Not that I have anything against any of those songs: I love them all. But I want what Earth, Wind & Fire did with their version of funk. Or at least my interpretation of the same.
There is no need for me to wax rhapsodic about this band, or what they mean to me; I’ve done it plenty of times already on this blog. So sit back, or get up, or do whatever you’ve got to do (yeah, “Do It” was last week). I’m just going to put the songs here. Some of them were hits; others of them were not, but they all (with one surprise at the end) were funky in my mind. I’ll leave any further comments up to you. Enjoy the songs, and as always, thanks for reading and listening.
For Maurice White. Almost a year gone now, still way too soon. RIP.