Mark Ronson: Funk Politics

Funk is back! Mark Ronson, hit maker and sage of pop music, has a No. 1 hit with his album Uptown Special. The distinct sounds of 70s funk are clearing out the radio of overplayed and increasingly stale electronic dance music. Why did funk ever go away? Did the industry force it out? Or maybe it never never left us, and it has been buried deep within Pop music all along. Our guest is Micah Salkind, African Americanist and DJ, he gives us the behind the scenes history of funk and its inner politics.

Songs Discussed

  • Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
  • Amy Winehouse – Rehab
  • Dizzie Gillespie – Contraste
  • Earth Wind and Fire – Serpentine Fire
  • Sly & the Family Stone – Thank You
  • James Brown – Get on the Good Foot, Give it up or Turn it Loose
  • Zapp & Roger – Doo We Ditty (Blow that Thing)
  • Mark Ronson ft. Mystikal – Feel Right
  • Glenn Gould – Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G BWV 816 Gigue, Schoenberg’s Op No. 5 Gigue
  • MFSB – TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)
  • Mary J. Blige ft. Disclosure – Follow
  • Bruno Mars – Locked out of Heaven