Devotees of ’70s funk band Parliament-Funkadelic’s music, or “P-Funk,” know the group wasn’t just a party band.
While they are remembered for danceable hits such as “Flashlight,” “One Nation Under a Groove,” and “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker),” there were other sounds being made by the band that didn’t make the radio.
This “other” music was also known for its psychedelic edges, with extended guitar solos, hard-rock riffs and deep, interpretive lyrics. Two former members of Parliament, drummer Jerome “Bigfoot” Brailey and vocalist Gary “Mudbone" Cooper, are the core of a new band called Other Funky Music. The group intends to shine a spotlight on the edgier sounds of P-Funk. The group is rounded out by guitarist Lenny Holmes and bassist Jeff “Cherokee” Bunn, two players who have some P-funk on their resumes.
“We wanted to do a funk/rock kind of thing,” says Brailey, a Richmonder and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame about the band.
Don’t expect to hear just the greatest hits, as the foursome is taking control to bring their audience a special show of seldom heard songs, audience favorites and deep cuts of raw funk and rock. Cooper offers a simple solution for funk fans that are curious about the Other Funky Music.
“The best way to see what we’re doing,” Cooper says, “is to see what we’re doing.”
Other Funky Music plays at Canal Club on Friday, July 31. Tickets are $12.