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Ah.... the name is Bootsy, Baby!
December 19, 2012 2:21 PM   Subscribe

From the Summit in the Houston Astrodome, October 31, 1976:
Bootsy Collins - Ah... The name is Bootsy baby/Disco to go
Bootsy Collins - Psychoticbumpschool
Bootsy Collins - Another Point of View
Back in the day: James Brown & Bobby Byrd (on bass, Bootsy Collins) - Sex Machine & Soul Power
See also: Booty's Basic Funk Formula
Bootsy Lecture on the One: James Brown vs. Parliament

Also see also: Bootsy Collins Story - Live on Bass

And selected cuts:

Bootsy Collins - Hollywood Squares
Bootsy Collins - Mug Push
William Bootsy Collins - Shine-O-Mite (Rag Popping)
posted by y2karl (27 comments total) 55 users marked this as a favorite

 
There goes my afternoon...

Don't miss this monster go-go-fied version of "Stretchin Out" (via the first link)
posted by pascal at 2:40 PM on December 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Monster. Jamz.

Shame that facility is now home to a milkwater personality cult.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:53 PM on December 19, 2012


Bootsy-licious!
posted by CincyBlues at 3:04 PM on December 19, 2012


Excellent! /y2karl


;)
posted by OmieWise at 3:08 PM on December 19, 2012


Whoa! y2karl feelin' the FUNK!

BASS!

A reminder: those of you on Facebook can follow Bootsy's rather prolific postings there!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:10 PM on December 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


There are a lot of great Summit tapes from the mid-70s. The Summit had huge screens, and it seems everything that went to the screens was videotaped, so now we have this wonderful cache of amazing documents, some of which are available as boots and many of which have come out officially. This Bootsy set would have been part of the larger P-Funk extravaganza; main Funkadelic set is available on this release, but there are three or four other full shows that circulate as well documenting their most resplendent era in all its glory. There's an excellent Who set from '75 that has also been officially released. And of course KISS played there as well.
posted by anazgnos at 3:42 PM on December 19, 2012


Bootsy singing Do You Love Me with the Funk Brothers in the film Standing In The Shadows Of Motown (2002).
posted by dougzilla at 3:55 PM on December 19, 2012


This show is available on DVD via P-Vine (Japan), who also sell the spectacular Bootsy's DVD Box.
posted by mykescipark at 4:00 PM on December 19, 2012


Love me some Bootsy. A few years ago I had the pleasure of editing a Domino's Pizza commercial that Bootsy scored. During the edit I asked what exactly he was saying in the second scene. Was it "Check it out, baby" or "Check it out, Mama". Nobody knew, so we called him. He said he was saying "Check it out, Baba". He had just liked the way that sounded.
posted by DaddyNewt at 4:30 PM on December 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


FUNK ON!
posted by languagehat at 4:43 PM on December 19, 2012


Bootsy!
posted by boots at 4:52 PM on December 19, 2012


small point, but The Summit is not in the Astrodome, just near it. This is awesome anyway!
posted by akaJudge at 4:56 PM on December 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Nowadays the building that was The Summit is Joel Osteen's megachurch.
posted by smcameron at 5:11 PM on December 19, 2012


I saw Public Enemy there!
posted by Burhanistan at 5:17 PM on December 19, 2012


I find that this got a favorite from haunted by Leonard Cohen very eponlicious in that both artists, Bootsy and Cohen, are both reknown for their own Hallelujahs.

On looking up -- small point, but The Summit is not in the Astrodome, just near it.

Thank you, I appreciate the correction. This was a club or auditorium, then ? I understood it as the Summit in the sense of the concert and that the first three clips are of Bootsy opening his first tour by opening for Parliamen/Funkadelic at a huge concert in the Astrodome. I think I have a yardsale DVD of that I have yet to see in a box somewhere I know not. I recall that I read or, more likely, misread that somewhere, so the conflation is mine. My abject yada yadapologies.
posted by y2karl at 5:19 PM on December 19, 2012


Woah woah woah -- Ain't no Bootsy post without this live version of I'd Rather Be With You... Dat Bass Solo!!!

And well - if we're talking Bootsy/P-Funk at Houston - I *highly* recommend this live version of Mothership Connection in 1976. Glenn Goins fucking busts it loose!
posted by symbioid at 5:25 PM on December 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


If you fake the funk, your nose will grow.
posted by Wolof at 5:33 PM on December 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


smcameron: "Nowadays the building that was The Summit is Joel Osteen's megachurch."

The Funk will always be my church.
posted by symbioid at 5:59 PM on December 19, 2012


if you fake the funk, your nose will grow.

However, if you fake the nose, you can still be pretty funky.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:51 PM on December 19, 2012


I met Bootsy once. Cool guy. His only entourage seemed to be his wife Patti.
posted by tomierna at 9:05 PM on December 19, 2012


y2karl, the Summit used to be where the Rockets played, and it also hosted arena shows, the circus, and the like.
posted by fiercecupcake at 4:44 AM on December 20, 2012


Musicians such as Bootsy Collins raise expectations to a new intention

No one can sing
Quite like Smokey, Smokey Robinson

posted by twoleftfeet at 5:16 AM on December 20, 2012


A friend of mine used to work at Everybody's Records in Cincinnati, and according to him Bootsy used to come in to buy stuff all the time, always in regular street clothes and without the "Bootsy" persona. It took my friend about 3-4 encounters at the record shop before he realized that he'd been helping Bootsy Collins.
posted by Strange Interlude at 5:21 AM on December 20, 2012


I'd forgotten how weird that whole thing was. The right combination of drugs and history, maybe could explain it. George Clinton & Bootsy, before the Whitehouse turned black. Swing down sweet chariot and we've got the funk and they tore the roof off the mothersucker! Damn. Some funky weird shit there!

One time I was backstage after Sun Ra played, and one of the musicians asked me where the toilet was, and I told him to go down the hall and take the door to the right. I swear to God that he went in there and transported to somewhere else, because he never came out. Swear to God!
posted by twoleftfeet at 5:40 AM on December 20, 2012


Back in the day: James Brown & Bobby Byrd (on bass, Bootsy Collins) - Sex Machine & Soul Power

You know that's not really fair. Bootsy is great, but don't put him up in a post with James Brown, because that's a whole other level there, like Fela or something.
posted by twoleftfeet at 6:03 AM on December 20, 2012


That video on the one improved my funk playing 100%
posted by thelonius at 6:04 AM on December 20, 2012


I met Bootsy once. Cool guy. His only entourage seemed to be his wife Patti.

As a performer, his charisma is enormous, but in interviews he comes across as so wholesome, humble, articulate and approachable, seemingly with not a mean bone in his body nor any pretension in his manner. It is impossible not to like him, from the git go...

-- on the one.
posted by y2karl at 9:12 AM on December 20, 2012


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