The title track to Prince‘s 1981 album, “Controversy” was the artist hitting back at various speculations surrounding him at the time. The track talks about race, sexuality, religion and even includes an entire prayer in the middle of it which, ironically and amusingly, caused some controversy. And although the lyrics and the themes are worthy of note here, most importantly it’s just a really good song with a cool, funky beat and one of the catchiest hooks on the album.
Our Song Of The Day for today is “Funk Fujiyama”, a funky Japanese tune released in 1989 by Kome Kome Club, one of the only bands in Japan who tackled soul and funk with great success back in the day. The song is quite simply tons of fun and it’s impossible not to love it right away with its bouncy rhythm and those energetic vocals plus the band itself is a riot when playing live. Gamers might remember the track from Youtuber JewWario‘s “You Can Play This” reviews.
From Stevie Wonder‘s 1973 album Innervisions, “Higher Ground” was one funky tune to say the least. Armed with a cool, bluesy synthesiser beat, the track is a lot of fun and catchy as hell. It’s amazing to think the song was written really quickly by Wonder and that he played every single instrument in it.
A famously really good version of “Higher Ground” is The Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ take on it which can be found on the album Mother’s Milk.