BitchTapes: Funk Yes!


The number one song in the country right now is “Uptown Funk,” the catchy tune by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars that seems to be playing on every radio. Seeing the song top the charts made me realize that I know nothing about female funk musicians. Who are the must-hear ladies of funk?  

Funk Yes! from BitchTapes on 8tracks Radio.

Knowledgable music people Jordannah Elizabeth, Douglas Wolk, and Karl Sigel suggested most of the songs for this mix. If you know a song that you think would be a good addition to the mix, let me know in the comments. I’m always excited about finding out about more good music. 

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Track List: 

Mr. Lucky - Betty White

I Just Want to Make Love to You - Etta James

Boogie Down Choo Choo - Renata Barnes & Company 

Party Up in Here - Brides of Funkenstein

If I’m in Luck, I Might Get Picked Up - Betty Davis 

Ain’t Nobody - Chaka Khan 

Someting ‘Bout Cha - Millie Jackson

Grounded - Gloria Taylor 

Yes We Can Can - Pointer Sisters

We Are Family - Sister Sledge 

Unwind Yourself - Marva Whitney 

Forget Me Nots - Patrice Rushen 

I Am What I Am - Marca Whitney and Osaka Monauraii

Dance Express - Renata Barnes & Company 

I Want Your Love - Chic

Trouble, Heartaches, Sadness - Ann Peebles

What a Man - Linda Lyndell 

The Reason - Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings 


by Sarah Mirk
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Sarah Mirk is the former host of Bitch Media’s podcast Popaganda. She’s interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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2 Comments Have Been Posted

Good list... are a few additions:
Joan Armatrading- Join the Boys from her self-titled album
Nina Simone- Funkier than a Mosquito's Tweeter from It Is Finished
Definitely check out Isis - an all-woman funk band fronted by an out lesbian back in the 70's. Favorite track: Bobbie and Maria from the "Isis" album.

From DJ Sanguine Fromage, WERU FM, Blue Hill, Maine, host of the nationally syndicated weekly funk, soul, & jazz show The Nightfly. Free to community & public radio stations.

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