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Zapp

One of the most underrated funk groups of the 1980s, Zapp revolutionized the computer pop of electro with their trademark vocoder talk boxes and bumping grooves, emulating the earthier side of Prince and Cameo, with a leader in Roger Troutman who was more than efficient at polished production. The family group, with brothers Roger, Lester, Larry, and Tony Troutman, grew up in Hamilton, OH, influenced by hometown heroes the Ohio Players as well as Parliament and other funk groups. Tony was the first to begin recording, with an obscure single for Gram-O-Phon Records, "I Truly Love You," which scraped the R&B charts in 1976. Joined by his brothers (with Roger on vocals and guitar, Lester on drums, Larry on percussion, and himself contributing bass) and christened Zapp, the group played around the Midwest and gradually picked up backing vocalists (Bobby Glover, Jannetta Boyce), keyboard players (Greg Jackson, Sherman Fleetwood) and a horn section (Eddie Barber, Jerome Derrickson, Mike Warren).

Zapp's following quickly gained notices, and Bootsy Collins himself was hired on to work with the group on their debut album. Released in 1980, Zapp hit the Top 20 on the pop charts, thanks to the single "More Bounce to the Ounce." The following year, Roger worked on Funkadelic's The Electric Spanking of War Babies and released his solo debut album, The Many Facets of Roger. His special cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," complete with vocoderized talk box, pushed the album into gold territory (as Zapp had done). Zapp II appeared in 1982 and proved just as popular as the group's first, including Zapp's only number one R&B single, "Dance Floor."

Zapp III barely made the Top 40 pop charts upon release in 1983, and Roger's second solo album, The Saga Continues, was also a disappointment, though his cover of "Midnight Hour" featured the Mighty Clouds of Joy. The New Zapp IV U fared slightly better after release in late 1985 (thanks to the single "Computer Love"), but in 1987, Roger's third solo album, Unlimited!, featured the group's biggest hit yet, "I Want to Be Your Man," a chart-topper on the R&B lists and a respectable number three pop. Though Roger and/or Zapp hit the R&B charts frequently during the rest of the late '80s, the unit had effectively halted recording with the 1991 Roger LP Bridging the Gap. Roger continued to produce and play with other artists, and it was his talk box that graced Dr. Dre & 2Pac's Top Ten 1996 single "California Love." The 1993 Roger & Zapp collection All the Greatest Hits sold well, earning the collective their first platinum record. The Zapp story ended in tragedy on April 25, 1999, when Roger was shot to death by Larry, who then turned the gun on himself. ~ John Bush
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Track List: Zapp 6 Back By Popular Demand

1. Intro

2. You've Got Mail

3. Say You Will Say You Won't

4. I Wanna Love You

5. She's 'bout To Roll

6. The Discussion (Skit)

7. The Way You Walk & Move

8. If You Would Love Me

9. This Is Our Song To You

10. Be With You Forever

11. Late Night Fantasy

12. Zapp Is Back

13. Get Up Off The Wall

14. I Finally Found What I've Been Searching For

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Track List: The New Zapp lV U

1. It Doesn't Really Matter

2. Computer Love

3. Itchin' For Your Twitchin'

4. Radio People

5. I Only Have Eyes For You

6. Rock 'N' Roll

8. Make Me Feel Good

9. Ja Ready To Rock

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Track List: Zapp II

2. Playin' Kinda Ruff

3. Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)

4. Do You Really Want An Answer?

5. Come On

6. Touch Of Jazz (Playin' Kinda Ruff, Pt. II)

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Track List: Zapp

1. More Bounce To The Ounce

2. Freedom

3. Brand New Player

4. Funky Bounce

5. Be Alright

6. Coming Home

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The 80,s was the best!!! The musical tell stories that you can relate to party environment without violence
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nissan_clif
THESE LYRICS THO LOL
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Time to put on the skates ya man
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Back in that day skated to this
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Dont read this. You will be kiss on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started reading this. Dont stop this is freaky. But if you read this and ignore it, then you will have very bad luck put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When youre done press the space bar and your chrush's name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so creepy because it actually works.
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There wasn't a dance floor big enough when this jam came on!!
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llambert793
They don't make them like they use to. True talent!
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Found MY KiNG aNd I'm HiS Queen! My PaPi TrUE LoVE_
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This is my JAMMMMMMMMMM , love me some Zapp & Roger.
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Reminds me of old skool days on Palm Island, Australia
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Special memories for me:):):), wish I could get one more chance to go back&do it all over again, just one more time RIP BABE 68- 95GONE WAY TO SOON, BUT STILL HAVE OUR SONG, LOVING THIS SONG&THANK-Y O U FOR THE MEMORIES
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Yes!!!My S**t
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maria0411.mm
Yes
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They don't make music like this anymore!!!
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God needed his voice to sign to all the
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I love this music it's life of love ones that has left all of us there will Roger
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Love this song
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Zapp's Computer Love is and Always will be a Classic Song, We can never get enough of that Ohio Sound!
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This is to Rogers son Robert frontman I was fortunate to meet him the nicest guy you would ever meet shout out to Robert
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muggles99
ohio was truly a funky place long ago as evidenced by artists like Bootsy and Zapp!
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Well when it acts right an not slow:D
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Nothing but computer love. Speaking of computers i love my computer
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My girl is a heartbreaker in a sexy way dam she is sooo fcking sexy
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cathyrobinso n 7 3 8
True musical talent!!!
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Sicc beat reminds me of my 8th grade dance I was so shy shout out to all the craft beer drinker s
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Not so much
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Love the old school jams nothing but the best..1982.. l o t s of school memories..
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eyesopen7531
love this song!! i actually didn't know the title of this song and it drove me crazy for a few years trying to figure it out! took listening to pandora to finally know the song title but now i know it!
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Good old days!!!
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Aye lets get it on
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Miss u rog
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This song is red light hump in your back music.!!!!
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Word Yo
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I feel in love with this song the first time i heard it classic
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Love this song old school. 79
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gbabies09.vw
*THE BEST MUSIC EVER*
MAKES ME reminisce GOOD\BAD A** TIMES...TAKE S ME BACK TO MY GOOD OLD DAYS.
...GREW UP listening TO ZAPP AND NOW MY KIDS LOVE THIS MUSIC TOO SOOO AWESOME*
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cathyrobinso n 7 3 8
One of the greatest yet!!!!!
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No longer need ASTROLOGY..
THANKS TO MY....TECHNO L O G Y !
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There is no new artists even touching Roger. Never will, old school for life! !!!!
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This will always be a classic.
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josephpellic c i o n i
This my big biggest favs I looooooove this production ������������
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Let's do it AGAIN. ��
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RIP Rog
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Big lilobby
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Gnnny love you too baby girl is so good I have no clue who they really need to get a good day to the funny
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Computerized ! ! ! !
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maria0411.mm
Yup
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My S**t
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RIP still jamming
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This song is a masterpiece for decades to come!*
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