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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 Cincinnati, 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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Tha Funk Capitol Of The World

1. Spreading Hope Like Dope (Intro)

2. Hip Hop @ Funk U

3. Mirrors Tell Lies

4. Jb-Still The Man

5. Freedumb (When-Love-Becomes-A-Threat)

6. After These Messages

7. Kool Whip

8. The Real Deal

9. Don't Take My Funk

10. If Looks Could Kill

11. Minds Under Construction

12. Siento Bombo

13. The Jazz Greats (A Tribute To Jazz)

14. Garry Shider Tribute

15. Stars Have No Names (They Just Shine)

16. Chocolate Caramel Angel

17. Yummy, I Got The Munchies

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Track List: Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!

1. Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby

2. The Pinocchio Theory

3. Rubber Duckie

4. Preview Side Too

5. What's A Telephone Bill

6. Munchies For Your Love

7. Can't Stay Away

8. Reprise: We Want Bootsy

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Track List: Don't Take My Funk (Radio Single)

2. Don't Take My Funk (Radio Edit)

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Track List: Original Album Series (5 Disc Set)

Disc 1

1. Stretchin' Out (In A Rubber Band)

2. Psychoticbumpschool

3. Another Point Of View

4. I'd Rather Be With You

5. Love Vibes

6. Physical Love

7. Vanish In Our Sleep

Disc 2

2. The Pinocchio Theory

3. Rubber Duckie

4. Preview Side Too

5. What's A Telephone Bill ?

6. Munchies For Your Love

7. Can't Stay Away

8. Reprise: We Want Bootsy

Disc 3

1. Bootsy? (What's The Name Of This Town?)

2. May The Force Be With You

3. Very Yes

4. Bootzilla

5. Hollywood Squares

6. Roto-Rooter

7. As In (I Love You)

Disc 4

4. Jam Fan (Hot)

Disc 5

1. Mug Push

2. F-Encounter

3. Is That My Song?

4. It's A Musical

5. Fat Cat

6. Sacred Flower

7. Sound Crack

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Track List: Stretchin' Out In Bootsy's Rubber Band

1. Stretchin' Out (In A Rubber Band)

2. Psychoticbumpschool

3. Another Point Of View

4. I'd Rather Be With You

5. Love Vibes

6. Physical Love

7. Vanish In Our Sleep

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Track List: Yummy, I Got The Muchies (Radio Single)

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Keeping it real funky..
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Bootsies base playing on Sex Machine is one of the greatest base lines in music period and his brother Phelps on lead guitar made us all Get on Up ! Sex Machine is definitely the song to jump start any party !
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Incredible artist much luv from tejas
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Bootsy... love it..
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One bad azz bass player!!
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robincemonia
"TWINKLE, TWINKLE BABY."
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Bootsy COLLINS WAS A MAN OF HIS OWN! LET ALONE PLAYING SIDE BY SIDE THE FUNK MASTER HIMSELF GEORGE CLINTON!!!
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Wind me up
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Yeah Baby Bubba!!!! :-)
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YEEESZZZZ
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Love me some Bootsy Collins!
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Baby Boba
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What about Buckethead?
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Bootzilla :)
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Fire!!!
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I may be young, 24, but this song hits me. Have to sing when this comes on <3 yea, I rather be with you, yeaaahahahah a h a h a h a a a a y a a a a h h h !
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I can't stay away
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Yup True FUNK !!! BOOTSY ,BOOTSY, BOOTSY !!!
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Funky
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Everybody say yolee!!!!!
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Love me some funk old school for real
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I wants my FUNK FUNDED UP!Prefer the original recording tho.
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Yup there's only one
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Bootstrap bootsy,the icon funk.
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This cut makes you wanna snap your fingers and two step..Bootsy has another version of this I believe the album is This Christmas Its A Banger
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This was when Brothers did the funky chicken, and the splits. What you know about that?
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This is music with out a doubt
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Player of plays!!
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Truly funky jamming dude,got his jams
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youngelta
Bootzilla Baby!
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No 1 better on the bass!!!!!
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Soul and funky
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carl_ashley_ 1 9 9 9
Aaaaaaaa, That Great State of Ohio talk bout Hospitility it was the Bomb were talkin Blasting It was like Danceville it had way way out there it's like indescribabl e , all I kno it had a state of Mind the kind that wears on U.......
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Love this one ����
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Bootsy got DOWN in Detroit on July 25,2015 !
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Swing down sweet chariot, coming forth to carry you home! STARCHILD HERE!!!
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samantha_mck i s s i c k
I love Boosty! Mr funk master, bad a** bass player!
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raishawnb7
Classic
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Bootsy Collins is the man ,all his music was the s**t
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What The Funk !!!!!!
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Baby boy put me up on this playa s**t
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Hip he is a MF
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I need some more funk
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THE GREATEST BASS PLAYER TO EVER WALK THE EARTH!!!
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Funk the world,yeah
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malinda.flow e r s
How can one man be sooooo funky? Gotta love Mr Bootsy Collins.
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kashmare.pla z e
A another baby maker song
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The prince of funk
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Oh I rather be with you
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