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Bootsy Collins

Bootsy Collins is one of the all-time great funk and R&B bassists, besides being a consummate character. Born in Detroit, Collins formed the Pacesetters during the '60s, a unit that not only included vocalist Philippe Wynne (later of Spinners fame), but also George Clinton as a sideman. Collins and Clinton soon established a lifelong personal and musical friendship, and Collins and his comrades became part of the JB's, James Brown's backing band, from 1969 to 1971.

Collins' inspired, clever progressions and patterns were a vital part of such records as "Get Up, I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine." The group became the House Guests after departing the JB's, until Collins joined Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic empire in 1971. He co-wrote "Tear the Roof Off the Sucker" with Clinton and Jerome Brailey and established himself so effectively that Clinton urged him to form his own band. Bootsy's Rubber Band emerged in 1976, a spirited ensemble that included Collins' brother Phelps ("Catfish"), as well as fellow James Brown bandmembers Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker, Joel Johnson, Gary Cooper, Rick Gardner, and Richard Griffiths. (Collins also featured his alter egos "Bootzilla" and "Casper, the Friendly Ghost" as part of the stage act.)

Their debut LP, Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band, and their second release, Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! equalled anything issued during Clinton's peak period for idiomatic diversity, clever, bizarre humor, and outrageous lyrics. Both Ahh... and the third LP, Bootsy? Player of the Year, earned gold records and made it into the Top 20 on the pop charts. The single "Bootzilla" was his lone R&B chart topper in 1978, although "The Pinocchio Theory" also made the Top Ten.

Collins recorded as both a solo artist and with the Rubber Band in the '80s. He also did some special projects, such as a 1984 collaboration with Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads -- using the name Bonzo Goes to Washington -- that produced "5 Minutes (C-C-C-Club Mix)," featuring Ronald Reagan declaring nuclear war on the Soviet Union over a skittering rhythm track. In 1988, he returned on Columbia with the appropriately named What's Bootsy Doin'? In 1989, Bootsy was a member of the Bootzilla Orchestra on Malcolm McLaren's album Waltz Dancing. One year later, he became a featured guitarist and bassist with the dance music trio Deee-Lite, signed with 4th and Broadway, and also toured England with a group co-led by Parker and Wesley.

Bootsy's New Rubber Band released Blasters of the Universe in 1994, and Fresh Outta 'P' University followed four years later. Numerous Collins live shows and reissues appeared as the 21st century opened, and in 2006, the bassist actually released a Christmas album, Christmas Is 4 Ever, on Shout Records. In 2011, a conceptual album, The Funk Capital of the World, landed, featuring everyone from Ice Cube to Samuel L. Jackson on the guest list. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi
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Bootsy Baby....wher e is he now?
something about the music got into my pant,s!!!!
mahoganib
Love it!
Y'all don't know nutting bout this, yeah boyyyy- I rather be with you yeah
DEEEOOOWWWMM M M . . . . Bootsy rips that bass baby... gotta love it!
this song is a trip,But its the s**ts i love it!
edlapoint
Ahh the FUNK I remember the day. Funk lives w/o the weed.
Funky things to play with!
Thanks to my father, I have the chance to experience this funk master as a child and still enjoy his artistic style today.
Be for my time an I love this song...
The name is Bootsy baby
Yes 2Pac used Bootsy I'd Rather Be With You
Okay 7325579057
I remember this song from baby boy
Love this song
Best weed song ever
Bootsy-a lot of rapers used that bad a** beat....
Bootsy is bad
Love it!
I was just a the George Clinton show that Sunday, Man I wish I knew Bootsy was going to be in the area Thursday, 31 Oct. I would have been in Funk heaven see George and him together
all the wAY OLD SCHOOL
afrokimono
2013 Bootsy did an excellent Halloween night show at the Strathmore in Bethesda, MD to benefit charities granted instruments to underprivile g e d kids. Forty years after his solo debut the man can still rock the house, the entire audience was on its feet. His set was tight, his band was great. He did all his hits and George Clinton joined him on the stage. One of the best shows I have ever been to. Rock on, Bootsy!
I love me sum bootsy
Bootsy is still the man in 2013!! ♥♫
I saw bootsy at a concert with the contemporary youth orchestra in Cleveland OH... My sister danced with him and his wife...
I consider BOOtSy hip hop before hip hop agree or disagree?
I'm going to tell a lady that s**t " say baby I got da munches fo yo luv ya dig" yo luv is a kinda special treat baby" lmao think it will werk?
pookee217
bootsy
I'd Rather Be With You... is my all time JAM!!!
Wind me up... Wind me up....BOOTZI L L A . . . IS THE JAMMMMM!!!
The tambourine is super fonky on this! Just like goin to church.
Love this. So many memories...
At the end of this all time funk classic Bootsy says "Im gonna stick my love in your eye so you can see me comin"! Now thats funny! Keep da fonk alive Yabadabadooz a b a b y b u b b a !
my fav song from Bootsy.bring s back happy sexy hippy girl memories
I saw pal -funk &rubberband together in the 70s in Dallas. It was the mothership connection tour.Its funny ,there were 6k people there,i brought about 10 joints of tia stick and flouted.I was a25 year old white man in Dallas,dig?e v e r y o n e was groovin.i never felt like i did not belong,it seems the world was doing better about some things back then or we was all just so high.Make it legal and let the funk peace lead you my friend.
Bootsy !!!
THIS IS REAL MUSIC FROM BACK IN THE DAYS!!!!!
FUNK DONT DIE IT MULTIPLYS! LISTENING TO Bootsy!
Wind me up... I'll sing, I'll dance, I'll play for you!! Teddy Bears and Barbie Dolls can't boogie down!! Bootzilla is still my JAM in 2013!!!
Old school funk..,new school can't handle this funkie stuff
Bootsy and Larry Graham the two best bass players ever!
The Pinocchio Therory... don't fake the funk or your nose will grow!! A classic song!!
This is possibly the sexiest song ever recorded....
I remember my father taking me to see bootsy, Ray Parker Jr radio and LTD back in the 70's at the old civic areana in Pittsburgh
Every funkin on
Bootsy was born in Cincinasty-n a t i baby! Lol! ;-) They need to update this bio on the rizzle fasho! ;-)
can I drip on yo lip baby bubba?
I got the munchies fo yo luuuuvvv! I'm soooooo nice! B-)
mrdcommunica t i o n s
I don't know why they say he was born in Detroit..I'm from Cincinnati and was trying to find out who to email to get it corrected.
Why does the biographer claim he was born in Detroit? Everyone knows Bootsy is from Cincinnati. If he was in Detroit when he did all his early work, he woulda never met James Brown...
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