At B.B. King's Blues Club - NYC (7/03/03)



Dr. Brookenstein with the beautiful Jackie Love!!

At 8:15pm, Original PFunk kicked off their funk show with "Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples", featuring some lead guitar power by Gene "Gen-O The Cookie Monster" Thomas and Paisley, along with some tight drumming by Ben Powers, Jr.!! "Standing on the Verge of Gettin' It On" was cool, with Fuzzy Haskins asking the crowd "People, what cha doin'?!" The chant "The Funk is in the House" was followed by a little bit of "Pumpin' It Up", featuring Ray Davis on seismic bass vocalizations! "Get Up For the Down Stroke" was good, but Fuzzy took the crowd control to a new and ugly level when he started to call out to certain folks in the room that were not standing up....the worst part was when he almost verbally harassed someone and asked if he was Chinese! "Tear the Roof Off the Sucka" was followed by the RAY DAVIS SPOT (featuring Ray doing some non-PFunk samples: "I Can Make You Dance" [ZAPP], "Wade in the Water" [General Caine], and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" [THE TEMPTATIONS]). By the way, Gen-O was rippin' on the wah-wah guitarisms on "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"!!! ]


Ray did the bass intro for "P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)" and following him was Fuzzy.....what was Fuzzy sayin'?? (whatever it was, it was in an annoying high-pitched voice and I couldn't understand the words) Grady Thomas was on hand to rap some of the Clinton dialogue of "P-Funk". Pete Piscarzyk was on hand to provide the synthesized horn portions while Douglas Knight-Smith provided the spicy keyboardisms, all the while Derrick Davis is heavy-handed strokin' (?!) the bass!! "Atomic Dog" brought out the dog in all of the funkateers!!
"Maggot Brain" was so nice with just Peter on keys and Gen-O on the lead good-tar for the first 4 minutes.....the standout basswork was apparent from the middle to the end of the song.

Original PFunk fans are the best.......or any funk fans, for that matter, baba!!

"Red Hot Momma" featured Paisley and Gen-O rippin' the restaurant/club to shreds with fiery guitar power, but the band didn't BREAK IT DOWN properly towards the end....you know, where the drummer is supposed to pound on the drums on every beat and everyone else follows suit.......like Bernie Worrell & the WOO Warriors, Nappyhead Funk Army, and every other band has done it for a good while. "Knee Deep" featured Douglas doing some scatting towards the end, while "One Nation Under a Groove" was followed by "Stomp" (originally a Kirk Franklin tune derived from "One Nation"). "Flashlight" was the last funk rumpshaker that ended the show at 10:00pm.

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