Hot, Wet and Sticky

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The funk field was incredibly competitive in 1978, when heavyweights like Parliament/Funkadelic, Rick James, Bootsy Collins, Con-Funk-Shun, Graham Central Station, and Slave were making their presence felt. A lot of bands jumped in the race in the hope of becoming the next Cameo or the next Rose Royce, but, realistically, only a fraction of 1978's funk bands could hope to land a record deal -- let alone enjoy a major hit and become as well-known as any of those artists. Although Galaxy did land a deal with Arista, its 1978 LP Hot, Wet and Sticky didn't do much commercially. Galaxy wasn't a great funk band, but it was a competent one. On tracks like "Come Back Kinda Love," "Miss Foxy Lady," and "Help Us Get the Funk out of Here," Galaxy favors a hard, tough funk sound that is somewhere between Parliament and the Bar-Kays. Nothing on this LP is in a class with Parliament's "Flashlight" or the Bar-Kays' "Shake Your Rump to the Funk," but, again, this is a competent record even though it isn't a fantastic one. Not everything on Hot, Wet and Sticky is hardcore funk; Galaxy detours into smooth, sophisticated Northern soul on the ballads "Left Singing a Sad Song" (which is pleasant but unremarkable) and "L.O.V.E." The latter is arguably the best thing on the album, and it probably would have been a major hit if it had been recorded by the O'Jays or the Temptations. But "L.O.V.E." wasn't recorded by any famous soul groups, and the majority of late-'70s funk and soul fans didn't even know that Hot, Wet and Sticky existed.