COOLEST CUTS, THE 837738.2
DA MAKANI POCP-2039
DRIVIN' HARD 823017.2
GOLDEN WINGS P33P-20120
INTO THE BLUE POCP-2036
NEVER STOP YOUR LOVE POCP-2038
SILENT EVE POCP-1145
STREET LEVEL POCP-1195
All are CD’s.
Arguably Shakatak are the best known and loved Britfunk band in
The two names I recognize in Shakatak are Bill Sharpe who notably collaborated with Gary Numan and Roger Odell, who was the drummer for prog-rock group C.M.U. ( = Creative Music Unit ), whose “Space Cabaret” album I just love.
About the only things Shakatak have in common with the other legends of Britfunk is that they’re English, have a hot bass player and are more popular in Japan than they are in the
I will be honest – I never paid much attention to Shakatak at the time – I perhaps thought they were merely ‘dance music’, as opposed to the post-punk “new wave” music of which I was so fond (think A Certain Ratio, for instance). I also didn’t really care for Level 42 in the 80’s; now they’re one of my favorite British bands. Really, the sole Britfunk band I did at the time (in real time) was Freeez, whose masterful “Southern Freeez” album is still my #1 favorite Britfunk album – I remember it being referred to as “Punk-Funk”, too. And still not (entirely) on CD, as of 2008.
So, back to the care-free 80’s – a little ‘white-boy’ Britfunk, please! Ooh, a sweet mix-tape of the aforementioned bands…maybe throw in some Medium Medium, too.