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All too often a separating line cannot be drawn between disco and funk, hence the catch-all hybrid genre. Some tracks with disco or funk elements may cede to a more relevant genre tag such as Pop, R n B or Soul.

The Jukebox Pick (of 2,384):

 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised [album version ’71]

 (Gil Scott-Heron)

 Gil Scott-Heron

 9.9 out of 10 “All-time classic” Disco / Funk

 This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no fooling around. This is the burgeoning sound of rap-funk, this is the sound of angry working class America, in particular black America. The definitive version (re-recorded from the sparse bongo drums version from his debut album in 1970) of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” was first issued in September, 1971, on his LP “Pieces Of A Man”, and was the only political song in the set; “the least inventive one on the album was the one that was the most heralded” rued Scott-Heron. Groan... I'd like to think he was secretly pleased anyway. His lyrical jabs and sneers were delivered stream-of-social-consciousness style, ducking like a butterfly, stinging like a bee, on his toes every round. The message is clear - do not get lost in the debilitating stupor of pop culture frivolity; wake up and smell the coffee, there's corruption all around and it's working against you, get active. Brothers and sisters, there will be no highlights on the 11 o'clock news, the revolution will be live. And you can dance to it.

Some favourite artists:

James Brown, Joe Tex, Gil Scott-Heron, Betty Davis

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