Bootsy s New Rubber Band

  • Name:Bootsy s New Rubber Band

  • Biography:
    See Also Bootsy Collins, Bootsy's Rubber Band

    An original sci-fi funkateer superfreak, Bootsy Collins invented the funk bass. He played with James Brown at 17 and was a cornerstone in Parliament-Funkadelic, developing freestyle, over-the-top, fuzz-wah bass blasts that left a mountainous funk legacy, one that Collins expanded upon in his Rubber Band. His influence can clearly be heard in the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince, Digital Underground, Public Enemy and a zillion hip-hop samples.

    When James Brown's band walked out on him in 1969, Bootsy was playing with his guitarist brother Catfish in a Cincinnati group called the Pacemakers. The brothers got the call to fill in. Though he was the apprentice, Bootsy was key in pushing Brown's soul power toward harder funk. He stayed around long enough to leave his mark on 1970's Sex Machine album and various J.B. tracks before moving on with Catfish to join forces with George Clinton in Parliament-Funkadelic. Bootsy played bass and sang lead on 1972's classic America Eats Its Young, donning his trademark star-glitter glasses for 11 subsequent P-Funk albums through 1980. In 1976, he launched Bootsy's Rubber Band with Stretchin' Out, starting a run of nine albums that reaches to 1994's Blasters Of The Universe, a set of new material with the Horny Horns that is so classically funky it sounds like a greatest-hits CD.

    Prodded by producer Bill Laswell, Bootsy recorded a slew of tracks for the Black Arc label in 1994. He's also been with Deee-Lite, Dave Stewart , the Golden Palominos and Ryuichi Sakamoto, and rejoined the P-Funk All Stars for 1996's 20th anniversary tour, on which his bass rig required its own 100-amp line. Bootsy continues to work at his Cincinnati studio, living up to his reputation even as he tries to distance himself from it.

    Written by Tristram Lozaw

  • Albums:
    Blasters Of The Universe

  • Official Site:not available
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