Dam-Funk – What’s In My Bag?


Hey what’s happenin’ y’all, this is Dam-Funk, I’m on Stones Throw Records from Los Angeles California by way of Pasadena and I’m on What’s in My Bag. One love. When I come to Amoeba, I usually go to the more rare 12 inches that are on the wall in the disco/funk section. One of the ones that struck me right away was this one. It’s by Kenix, his name is Kent Nix and he’s a great producer. He did a lot of the great stuff on West End Records and this is one called ‘There’s Never Been (No One Like You).’ It has a long version which is incredible. This is a New York based 12-inch boogie record from Henderson and Whitfield. It’s phenomenal. It actually says ‘Another Boogie Mix’ on here so that’s even before people were using the term, but this is from 1981. It has a great break in it, it’s very soulful. It’s not like the cheesy disco y’know we got bombarded with in the late 70s which caused people to burn the records in the football stadium so it got a little bit more funky around 1980 and 1981 so this is one of those joints right here. Prince, ‘Dirty Mind.’ This record is just phenomenal. It was very influential in my career and sound but most of all the spirit of this record. Recorded all by himself in his bedroom studio, was just his breakout record that got the critics, if you will, to finally embrace him after the first two albums he released were more like R&B and soul but this one he went a little bit more harder, with more guitars and just more of a stripped-down sound. This one is by The Sunburst Band, it’s called ‘The Easton Assassin.’ It’s about Larry Holmes, the boxer. So it’s like a rap on one side and I’m hoping it’s an instrumental… oh yeah, instrumental on the other side. Even though I love the rap version, the instrumental I think works better at places like Funkmosphere and those kind of clubs. We got this one from Ahzz, it’s ‘New York’s Movin” but this is a reissue, so I might have to put this one back. Just kidding. I like reissues but I have a lot of this stuff in my collection as some of the collectors out there know we want to leave reissues for people who are just getting into things and so they won’t be bought up by the time we’re trying to snag everything so I’m gonna put this one to the side and whoever wants that they can come to Amoeba and check it out. A real good funk one, W.A.G.B. Band, it’s called ‘I Can Get You Over’ It’s a nice boogie track. How would you describe or define ‘boogie,’ for people who don’t know what that is? Boogie is a more soulful form of disco, and a lighter form of funk. So it’s right in between. Bass lines are kind of funk, funked up thumping but slower tempos than disco was. And also, it’s not four on the floor all the time, it’s like the one and the two, know what I mean? They started using the term boogie to transition from disco because it became too… you know I love Giorgio Moroder but a lot of the producers were copying Giorgio Moroder to make it more sterile disco. So the boogie gave you a nod of like, oh it’s more soulful now, y’know what I mean? This one’s an original by Inner Life. Patrick Adams, to me the king of disco funk, and Leroy Burgess but this particular track is produced by Stan Lucas. They were all a team. They did a lot of great disco in New York especially on Salsoul Records and Prelude and P & P Records. This has an instrumental of ‘I Like It Like That.’ That’s a fun one to play out and just ride around to. This one is by Radiance. It’s a group out of the Bay Area. And I’ve never seen a sealed copy. It was on Quincy Jones’ Quest label. They only did one album, but there’s some good songs on here. One called ‘I Can’t Keep My Hands to Myself.’ This one, in the same section, is from
Shanice Wilson. She’s a Pasadena native and it’s a great record. People overlook this record, it’s phenomenal. It has a Minneapolis sound. It was produced by Bryan Loren. It has some great stuff on here from beginning to end. It’s a phenomenal record. I know people are probably thinking, what the hell? But this is a fantastic record. The Dazz Band, very underrated band from the Midwest. I just got into a song from them, it’s called ‘Heartbeat’ and that’s on here. It’s just a good two-step, backwards skating type song that they would play at a skating rink, but like mid-tempo. And this last one is Debbie Blackwell, but it really is like a Leroy Burgess record and he’s the king of boogie. Leroy Burgess used to be in Black Ivory. He was the lead singer, but he transitioned under Patrick Adams’ tutelage into one of the most phenomenal boogie producers and writers. He’s also known for a really great record under the name of Logg but, yeah, anything that I see with Leroy Burgess on it, I get. And this particular song, again, I got it for the glorious instrumental version. So that’s what was in my bag and those are the kind of things I got. Cool, thank you so much. No problem.

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66 Responses

  1. Izzi e says:

    do they keep all the records for free, or pay them afterwards?

  2. poetryjesus says:

    This dude makes the funkiest music today

  3. Shapiro Dead King says:

    Dam-Funk is the man.

  4. Jay Martin says:

    Anothet great episode !

  5. Millie Hayes says:

    hell yeah dazz band

  6. HeathenDeluxe says:

    Good lord @ those prices.

  7. Marco Herrera Chico says:

    DAM is always keeping it groovy

  8. Bones says:

    Great artist and human being. I'm looking forward to his show Sunday at the Independent.

  9. TheGaryVbrand says:

    Cant wait to play some "to each iz own" for my newborn. Love some Dam Funk!-gary/texas

  10. at WarpLoT says:

    his new album is banging

  11. Flesh Farm says:

    Logg – LMAO

  12. Duke Nuke Em says:

    FunkMoSphere at Virgil Bar every Thursday on Santa Monica/Virgil. Be there to hear The Honorable Dam Funk and other dope Boogie Funk Djs spin that FUNK! Great time every time.

  13. mockthebells says:

    Knowledge, dropped.

  14. mockthebells says:

    Knowledge, dropped.

  15. Ezra Pilpus says:

    That kind of music when playing GTA

  16. Shayne B says:

    Never heard of DF before watching this but his knowledge of funk/RnB /disco was educational. Learned something new. Need to track down a copy of LOGG

  17. Brenton Gutierrez says:

    Dude is cool as fuck.

  18. Griffith Park Trail Cam says:

    The burning (more blowing up of records) happened at White Sox baseball park Southside Chi…not a football field if I remember correctly

  19. ThoVoBeatz says:

    Dope, dazz band and the INI sample

  20. Mark Hazleton says:

    It's about time they got Dam-Funk…he's only afterall one of the most passionate, and inspiring artists to ever enter the game. FINALLY "Invite the Light" comes out Sep. 04, it is the ONLY ALBUM since the last Madlib album I got that I actually WANT to go to the record store and pay full price. NO downloading, no free streaming…infact his album was streaming for free yesterday, I could only listen to 3 tracks (that I already heard) because I didn't want the rest of the album spoiled…I am THAT excited about it. Hell I even traveled 7+ hours a year ago to see him perform (and ended up meeting him) in NYC. I HAD to tell him "I traveled all the way here JUST to see you, and I really wanted to say thank you for your music".
    I swear, his calling was music, he was put on this Earth FOR music. This guys' music is so unique and extraordinaty that it's very surprising he isn't selling records like Drake or these other played-out artists…He stays cool, he remains true, and he has NO competition because nobody can compare to him. The man is a genius, a mastermind, a legend.

  21. andrew kim says:

    really appreciate these videos, and the format is great, with the audio snippets, photo/video intercuts!

  22. kadajing says:

    anyone knows whats that outro beat?

  23. jlopez1017d says:

    How come you guys haven't gotten Anthony Fantano on this show whoever is in charge of this show get on it.

  24. DJ Expo says:

    Amoeba LA is where I bought my copy of Dirty Mind, too. Love digging there!

  25. Tremaine Triplett says:

    Dam-Funk's new album is dope go get that #DenaLove #StellarFunk

  26. shounenk says:

    I have that shanice debut vinyl it's a pretty good album.

  27. Neosoulgroovydude says:

    Found most those records in nashville for half the price. We have records here .dam funk would be sick

  28. smug lord69 says:

    man look at those rare funk/boogie records!

  29. naruaztec says:

    all that knowledge

  30. Michael Bless says:

    Best episode in a while, some really cool picks. I will be looking into this sort of stuff

  31. Christopher Windorski says:

    the disco demolition night was mainly a hyper-masculine, homophobic, racist backlash to disco. make no mistake, those assholes would have destroyed boogie records too if they had existed.

  32. honeypot says:

    DUDE SO MANY OF THESE SONGS ARE GOLDEN thank you for introducing me to real funk!

  33. straightnochaser says:

    DAM FUNK IS COOL AS HELL!

  34. alberts1985 says:

    Blaze up that fire

  35. Bastion Thrice says:

    ahh that kenix record was a good pick up. Also props to Amoeba for quality pricing, shit is going for $80+ online.

  36. Inglejuice says:

    Yeah that shanice album is the one!!! Haha I always wondered if he was into that

  37. pedro escobar says:

    I love this man's taste in music. Definitely a Pro.

  38. Sam Durrant says:

    knows his shit

  39. Ken Vail says:

    He was the dj for Todd Rundgren when I saw him live in grand rapids last April

  40. Colter Cashier says:

    been lovin this dude since i saw wolf sign him to stonesthrow..

    dude has some crazy sick production skills..
    peace n luv from the IE Dam..
    keep funkin

  41. Jimmy Santiago says:

    this is what this segment is about, knowledge dropped for sure

  42. RuffNekSelektah says:

    what's that track at the very end… sounds like a dam-funk beat… real nice!

  43. Upjumpsthefunk says:

    Dude knows his funk

  44. Heitor Fialho says:

    i need to know whats the last music in this video? how can help me?!

  45. Joshua Green says:

    I just want Dam-Funk to take me shopping and show me what I need to get to expand my funk, soul, disco, and boogie collection

  46. Greg C says:

    love this.guy

  47. Jacob Gooch says:

    My man!

  48. Higher Caliber says:

    damfunk is such an OG in the funk/boogie shit, his boiler room collections is CRAZY!

  49. Nicolas Bertin says:

    Do people really pay 30 $ for what is basically a single (1 track) ? The demand is that high ?

  50. Mylon Decker says:

    so humble

  51. perri 6 says:

    Shoutin' out my favorite Prince album, Dirty Mind! And Patrick Adams! And I haven't heard the name Bryan Loren in forever. Dam-Funk knows his joints!

  52. David Cierny says:

    he knows his shit, hats down

  53. wfitz32 says:

    what the fuck is the "MINNEAPOLIS SOUND"

  54. iwannaseeit1979 says:

    All this time I'm thinking 'Boogie' was a feeling you get deep down in your bones when that beat drops💣🎵💃, or when your favorite sing along part comes on🗣🎤🎼. Little did I know it's a music genre🤔😃😉

  55. Stephen Spivack says:

    yo i love inner life fuck yeah

  56. Kota Kidd says:

    We Continue

  57. Ivan Rivers says:

    This Shanice record bangs; damn, Dam-Funk!

  58. Basheer Muhammad says:

    I think the reason they burned those records in public, is because they couldn't and still can't dance. Gene Simmons and crew included.

  59. 2Bascos says:

    outro track is Dam Funk – free

  60. olas591 says:

    was in my baaaa

  61. Stephen Spivack says:

    lol back when you could cop kenix for only $30

  62. Dillon Caines says:

    Amoeba keeping real music alive! Great episode, very informative.

  63. Eric Fernandez says:

    I love you Amoeba records!

  64. M T says:

    With all due respect – that record burning was not because it was cheesy – all the records they burned were by black artists. You do the math.

  65. Gabriel Cuervo says:

    Dam-Funk…talk about an extremely gifted artist that REALLY knows his music.

  66. B X says:

    DUDE IS OFFICIAL

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