Joe Tex

Bump to the Funk

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Bump to the Funk is an informative and wide-reaching compilation of one of R&B's most underrated talents. Unlike other compilations, Bump to the Funk thankfully shows Tex for the nut he could be. The tracks "Anything You Wanna Know," "You Need Me Baby," and "We Can't Sit Down" display his singular wit juxtaposed to the classic Fame/Muscle Shoals sound. The loose-limbed "You're Right, Ray Charles" has Tex all but detailing his musical shift as he sang "I'm going to Memphis y'all/get me a band/find me a funky bass player/funky drummer and a good guitar player." Bump to the Funk subsequently and skillfully compiles some of Tex's most potent dance tracks and a few curious misses. Innovative tracks like "Give the Baby What She Wants," "You Said a Bad Word," and the million-seller "I Gotcha" proves that Tex was only second to James Brown at cutting pure Southern tracks that were challenging, extremely danceable, and, in Tex's case, increasingly eccentric. The single version of "Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)" is the best joke he never wrote and still retains it's humor and charm. This set also includes the hilarious B-side "I Mess Up Everything I Get Me Hands On," which has Tex calling himself "the world's biggest goof-off" and taking the drastic step of finding a surgeon to cut his hands "off down to the wrist bone." Bump to the Funk also includes a few of Tex's later tracks. "Who Gave Birth to the Funk" and "Stick Your Key In (And Start Your Car)" have Tex and producer Buddy Killen fresh out of jokes and convincing dance patterns. Those fans who like to hear a lot of Tex's somewhat odd tracks won't be let down with this compilation.

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