Ghetto Funkography

Ghetto Funkography

by Slapbak
     
 
Slapbak has been working the southern California funk circuit since 1991, when the band was organized by bassist and singer/songwriter Jara Harris. Over the course of more than a decade and several albums, the band has toured and played with some of America's finest funk and soul groups, and has forged a sound that

Overview

Slapbak has been working the southern California funk circuit since 1991, when the band was organized by bassist and singer/songwriter Jara Harris. Over the course of more than a decade and several albums, the band has toured and played with some of America's finest funk and soul groups, and has forged a sound that is solid and expert, if not exactly distinctive. That's half the problem -- the other half is a conspicuous lack of hooks, which are essential if you want to get away with such a derivative style. As it is, the song titles will give you a very good idea of what to expect: "So Funky How You Suck My Thumb," "Getcha Funk On," "Never Fake da Funk," "Ain't Yo Thang" -- these are titles that bespeak an understanding of the genre, but not much motivation to expand its boundaries. Instead, what you get is a nice program of good, solid, greasy funk jams that owe royalties to Bootsy Collins and Cameo in their dense rhythmic propulsiveness and whimsical lyrics. "Groove in My Jacuzzi" works especially nicely, and "Wonderful Day" stands out among the tracks with its unusually Police-ish chorus. Pretty much everything else is by the numbers, which means it's fun and functional and won't hold your interest much beyond the fifth or sixth track.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2004
Label:
Funk To The Max
UPC:
0881292000011
catalogNumber:
3

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Slapbak   Primary Artist
Julie Harris   Vocals
Jara Harris   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
TJ Quake   Vocals,Rap
Janine Harris   Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Andrew Jaimez   Drums
Ale O. Rodriguez   Crowd Noise
Mike Reed   Guitar
Fernando Avalos   Vocals,DJ,Synthesizer Bass
James Dubose   Trombone
Sheldon Fisher   Guitar
Krank   Synthesizer,Vocals

Technical Credits

Jara Harris   Composer
Fernando Avalos   Composer,drum programming
Sheldon Fisher   Composer
Jeff Harris   Composer

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