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Diplomats Of Solid Sound

Reviving the lightly funky but deeply soulful instrumental R&B sound of Booker T. & the MG's and the Meters, the Diplomats of Solid Sound not only prove that there's still a place for the mighty Hammond organ in 21st century pop music, but confirm the existence of dancefloor-filling soul music in Iowa City, IA. The Diplomats of Solid Sound originally formed in 1998 as a side project of retro-rockers the Bent Scepters, with three members of the Scepters -- bassist Dustin Connor, guitarist Doug Roberson, and drummer Jim Viner -- teaming up with keyboardist Pat White. After the Bent Scepters called it a day in 1999, Connor, Roberson, and Viner decided to continue performing as the Diplomats of Solid Sound, and replaced White with Nate "Count" Basinger, though White occasionally guested on the band's recordings. The group cut its first single, "Bullfrog Boogaloo," in 2001, and released its first album, Instrumental Action Soul, on its own label, Prescription Records. In the summer of 2002, the Diplomats of Solid Sound released a single through premier garage rock label Estrus Records, and Estrus signed on to release the band's second full-length release, Let's Cool One, a year later. The group's third album, 2005's Destination...Get Down!, marked its first recording with new member David Basinger, who plays alto and baritone sax. For 2008's The Diplomats of Solid Sound Featuring the Diplomettes, the group expanded its sound with vocalists Sarah Cram, Katherine Ruestow, and Abbie Sawyer. ~ Mark Deming
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goodfootin
These cats absolutely KILL it!!! Would love to see them in Austin, TX sometime.
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Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed by your lover on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you are reading this don't stop. Post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. Then press F6 and your lovers name will appear in BIG LETTERS on the screen. This is so scary it actually works.
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They sound more like a lounge act.
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Some real hep cats dadeeo!
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Yea yea oh yea!!!
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You like Meters and DOSS.. Try Galactic they fit nicely.
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frank.lopez
But I don't like the Diplomats w/ vocalists. I just like the pure energy of the instruments.
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frank.lopez
Any band that wants to keep the funk alive is alright with me.
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tymekeepyr
First I've heard of them. Certainly not going to be the last :)
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I agree 100% with Guy. Very well written comment. How can anybody say that the Meters were lightly funky?
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guy.cutting
My only point of difference with this otherwise well-written artist bio is with the implied branding of The Meters and Booker T and the MG's (two of the most canonical old-school FUNK groups) as lightly funky. The knowledgeabl e listener is at a loss when confronted with this categorizati o n ; both of these bands are among the funkiest of all time, and developed 'funk' from a nascent idea to a realized evolution of the deepest blues and jazz heritage.
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Foot tapping cool.
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davidmano1
Real music for the sound lover. Smoooooooth
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This is the stuff.
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georgegrimal d o
Sounds real good, soulful, smooth,sultr y , keep it coming!
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one steamin' hot band !!!!!!!!!
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very reminiscent of Booker T & the MG's who were one of my fave groups of the 60's and it seems that Booker T, Steve Cooper and Donald "Duke" Dunn still represent the best of Stax records, even today.. Continue rocking dudes, you help to sustain me <3 <3 <3
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Alright! The 'mighty Hammond organ' redux!
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A burst of solid talent, too bad I have never seen them live!
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ladyday49
I like the groove. It is SOLID, a throwback to my oldies of the 70's.
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ukedoll
I first saw Booker T when I was about 13 (In Memphis at a "revue").... T h i s stuff reminds me of them.....
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Good s**t and they from the other OHIO ...IOWA...
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doug_wetmore
Righteous
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You have to see them live, fun, funcky, groovy, and the diplomettes are hot!

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The Diplomettes are very hot!
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Hella clean
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aaron_lintz
SOLID!!!
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vincent.banc h e t t i
Funky stuff

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