Music Education

The B-52s

The B-52s exploded onto the American music scene in 1978.
They helped change the music scene from Hard Rock music and Disco to Post-Punk & New Wave. They were a prelude to the ’80s.

Rock Lobster
Love Shack
Private Idaho
Planet Claire
Music Photo

Stealing the show

Rising to prominence with James Brown in the early 1970s, and later with Parliament-Funkadelic, Collins‘ driving basslines and humorous vocals established him as one of the leading names and innovators in funk. They split over a dispute, but reality is that Collins was stealing the show too…

We were recording at King Records, which happened to be over in Cincinnati, Ohio, which happened to be where James Brown recorded his records. So, that was our opportunity to get on the big stage. We knew that, so we hung over at King Records every day after school, waiting and watching for anybody. We happened to run into a guy called Charles Spurling, who was an A&R guy. And he liked us, he had heard about us, he wanted to come and hear us. So we invited him down to a club and he came down and checked us out. He said, “Man, you cats have got a whole new energy, you’ve got the rhythm thing you all got. I want ya’ll to be my band over at King Records.” So, that started it, we went over to record some stuff at King Records with him. Once we did that, all the other producers there – Henry Glover, who produced Bill Doggett, Hank Ballard, Arthur Prysock, a whole slew of mugs. He was the first black country & western, soul, gospel, jazz producer, we had a chance to play on all these records before we got with James Brown. So, we got to learn discipline by coming in the studio and vibing, like we did last night. You come in the studio and vibe, because we didn’t know what was gonna happen. All we know is we’ve got our instruments and if you allow us to play, we’re gonna tear this mother up! That’s all we knew. So, we took that attitude wherever we went. We went in there to learn. But at the same time, give us a chance and we’ll show you.

Bootsy Collins’ lecture @ Red Bull Music Academy
Short documentary
That one time when Bootsy Collins’ CM retweeted my post…