Category Archives: TFIF

Thank Funk It’s Friday – 2011.03.04

Next Tuesday is the culmination of Mardi Gras with Fat Tuesday, so this week’s mix celebrates the festivities by funkin’ things up with five tracks from New Orleans-grown talent.

Unlike the song says, you are in the right place at the right time.

Party on, and be excellent to each other!

01. Here Come The Girls {} Ernie K. Doe
02. Right Place, Wrong Time {} Dr. John
03. Gator Bait {} The Gaturs
04. 9 Till 5 {} The Meters
05. Get Out Of My Life Woman {} Lee Dorsey

DJ Kub Says ‘Thank Funk It’s Friday’ – 2011.02.11

This week’s mix is for all the lovers out there, and is specially dedicated to Wifey.

Happy Valentine’s Day babes – I love you (yeah)!

Xs & Os…


DJ Kub Says ‘Thank Funk It’s Friday’ – 2011.02.04

This week in 1978 saw the Bee Gees reach the Number 1 spot in the charts with ‘Stayin’ Alive’. The song was from the film ‘Saturday Night Fever’, and represents the pinnacle of Disco in terms of popularity. The movie was Number 1 in the box office, the soundtrack was the Number 1 album, and most of the songs from the record were among the most popular tunes of the year.

1978 was the culmination of an underground phenomenon that began in clubs in New York and Philadelphia in the late 1960s. Disco had grown in size and stature throughout the 1970s, gradually taking over all of the music production and popular culture in America. Everyone recorded Disco music, listened to Disco music, went to Disco clubs, and dressed like Tony Manero.  However, this over-saturation of polyester, platform shoes, and disco balls led to an ever-growing backlash by the public. In July of 1979, a mere 18 months later, the famous Disco Demolition Night took place in Comiskey Park in Chicago during a baseball game between the White Sox and Tigers. Roughly ten years after the emergence of Disco, the scene was dead.

This week’s mix is a look back at those halcyon days of Disco, with five chart-topping songs from 1978 that proved the Disco sound was the only one in town, and everyone wanted to catch ‘Saturday Night Fever’.

01. Stayin’ Alive * Bee Gees
02. Theme From ‘Which Way Is Up’ * Stargard
03. (Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again * LTD
04. Ffun * Con Funk Shun
05. Boogie Shoes * KC & The Sunshine Band

Thank Funk It’s Friday – 2011.01.21

James Brown may have told the world about papa’s brand new bag in 1965, but what he forgot to mention was that mama also had her own brand new bag. While Brown was laying down the groove that was to become Funk, all the Soul sisters out there were laying down some rare grooves of their own.

This week’s mix is a big shout-out from the Soul sisters to you.

Right on.

A1. Something’s Got A Hold On Me = Etta James
A2. Sunshine Of Your Love = Spanky Wilson

B1. If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up = Betty Davis
B2. Hard To Handle = Patti Drew
B3. Will You Love My Child = Anna Raye

Thank Funk It’s Friday – 2010.10.29

The ‘Evil Of The Thriller’ Mix

Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize y’alls neighborhood

And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the Thriller

01:  Thriller   X   Michael Jackson
02:  The Witch (The Bamboos Version)   X   The Broken Keys
03:  Somebody’s Watching Me   X   Rockwell ft Michael Jackson
04:  Halloween (Main Theme)   X   John Carpenter
05:  ‘Thriller Rap’   X   Vincent Price

Thank Funk It’s Friday – 2010.10.08

Funk Rock
     1. Music.
          a genre of music that fuses funk and rock elements and is defined by strong bass or drum beat and electric guitars. Distortion, although not necessary, is usually incorporated in the overall sound.

v. (used with object)
     2. To funk out while listening to a heavy bass line and loud guitar mix.
     3. To rock to the funky beat; all day and every night.

Related bands


Examples of Funk Rock (used with speakers / headphones)

01. The Crunge – Led Zeppelin
02. Another One Bites The Dust – Queen
03. Shack Up – A Certain Ratio
04. Moody – ESG
05. Give It Away – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Thank Funk It’s Friday – 2010.10.01

The ‘Heavy Vibes’ Mix

Vincent Montana is a producer, arranger, composer, conductor and, perhaps, the world’s best vibraharpist. He has been called the Italian Stallion of the vibes and the ‘Godfather of Disco’ for all of his pioneering work in the genre throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Montana was born in 1928 and grew up on the south side of Philadelphia in the same neighborhood as Jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie and Red Garland, as well as Pop greats Frankie Avalon and Fabian.

His first big break came when he was asked to play on the Delfonic’s album ‘La La (Means I Love You)’ in 1968. It was also his introduction to the infamous Philly sound.

In the coming years he earned his ‘Godfather’ status in Disco by playing an integral part in the development of MFSB (Mother Father Sister Brother), which was a collection of over thirty musicians who were the house band for Philadelphia International Records. Following the massive success of PIR and MFSB, Montana moved to Salsoul Records and applied the same aesthetics to the Salsoul Orchestra, which he conducted and was the driving force behind from 1975 to 1978. His next endeavour was the creation of the Montana Orchestra in the early 1980s.

Montana had massive success and chart hits with every single band he was involved in and this week’s mix highlights three of them.

01. ‘TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)’
The song that launched the career of MFSB in 1974, sold over a million copies and was used as the theme song for the television show ‘Soul Train’.

02. ‘Ooh, I Love It (Love Break)’
The song that Montana released with the Salsoul Orchestra in 1975 that was a huge hit and a favorite in discotheques all over America.

03. ‘Who Needs Enemies (Club Mix)’
The song that was released on Montana’s Philly Sound Works label in 1983 and features a later incarnation of the Philly Sound Orchestra; simply called the Montana Sextet.

Today Vincent Montana is still active, writing music and creating orchestral arrangements on his Apple computer and the world truly is a better place for all of the music that he has given us during the last 45 years.

Thank Funk It’s Friday – 2010.09.10

Ba de ya de ya de ya – Thank Funk It’s Earth Wind & Fire Day!

Earth Wind & Fire released ‘September’ at the end of 1978 and it became one of their biggest singles in both the US and the UK.

The band formed in 1969 and released their first album two years later with an astonishing ten man lineup. Throughout the 70s the band became more popular with each new album and successful single. Their first Number 1 was ‘Shining Star’ in 1975 but it wasn’t until the release of ‘September’ that the UK finally took notice. It was the first of their three biggest singles and those songs comprise this week’s EWF-filled TFIF mix.

01. September
02. Boogie Wonderland
03. Let’s Groove

Do you remember dancing in September when there never was a cloudy day?..

Thank Funk It’s Friday – 2010.09.03

It’s been a long week, so here is a short mix…

01. Stroke ’75 – Tower Of Power
02. Das Stundenhotel Von St. Pauli – Erwin Halletz
03. Burn Biscuits – Triumphs

Thank Funk It’s Friday – 2010.08.27


Sampling in music refers to the use (either legally or illegally) of another artist’s work to create or enhance a new recording. Although, it was first experimented with in the early 1960s, the practice did not reach the mainstream until twenty years later during the birth of Hip-Hop.

Since the pioneering work of Grandmaster Flash, sampling has been used in the studio to extract drum breaks, borrow bass lines and lift orchestral strings. Whether a sample includes a couple of notes or lasts up to 16 bars, it has been the cornerstone of Hip-Hop and House music for the last 25 years.

This week’s TFIF mix gives a nod to the art of sampling with three tracks that would not exist without a bit of crate digging.

First up is the song ‘Swan Lake’ by Blackalicious, which features a lot of the instrumentation from O’Donel Levy’s classic tune ‘People Make The World Go Round’. The song had been recorded earlier but it’s the Jazz guitarist’s funky version from the 1973 album ‘Dawn Of A New Day’ that forms the foundation of ‘Swan Lake’.

Next is ‘Root Down’ by the Beastie Boys who have, over the years, probably sampled more songs than anyone else in Hip-Hop. The song can be found on their 1994 LP ‘Ill Communication’ and uses the original ‘Root Down’ by Jimmy Smith as the basis for all of the instrumentation. In fact, I read once that during the making of ‘Ill Communication’ the Jimmy Smith album was always on the turntable in the studio. The three boys really loved the title track but couldn’t figure out how to use it in a song. That is, until someone suggested using the actual song itself and just rapping over it.

The third song in this week’s mix is ‘Devil’s Pie’ by D’Angelo, which features the bass line from a Teddy Pendergrass ballad called ‘And If I Had’. The track comes from the former Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes singer’s 1977 debut album ‘Teddy Pendergrass’.