The Headhunters: God Made Me Funky
God Made Me Funky
Survival of the Fittest (Arista)
Blackbird McKnight (guitar), Pointer Sisters (background vocals).
Composed by Bennie Maupin, Bill Summers, Paul Jackson, Mike Clark and Blackbird McKnight.
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
Okay, let's do this. Even without Herbie Hancock on this track, the Headhunters lay down the sickest funk groove. With lead vocals by funk technician Paul Jackson, this song grooves all over the place. Opening up a Mike Clark drum beat, that's been sampled for years by early hip-hop deejays and artists, this song is put into motion with low end pops and thumps of Jackson and the panned guitar riff of Blackbird McKnight. Paul Jackson really should have sang more, he has a wonderful voice, perfect for soul/funk music and it works perfectly for this song. The chorus is augmented with background vocals from the Pointer Sisters, who enlisted the help of Hancock and company in 1974 for an album of their own.
After the vocal section, the groove changes up and Bennie Maupin comes soaring through the sound spectrum with a high octane saxophone solo that pushes the song over the edge, making it even funkier. Not enough is said about the abilities of the Headhunters band. Herbie always gets the props and recognition but I think without his backing band, his sound might not have been as strong. If you don't own this album, go out and buy it. Go out and buy it now, it's so worth the money and it was reissued on CD in 2001.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley
Tags: 1970s jazz