Wednesday, August 26, 2009

To the Land of Funk...!

The Soul Closet has much love for Lakeside, a group that was part of that great--and sorely-missed--wave of self-contained R&B funk bands of the late 1970s and pre-Hip Hop early 1980s.

The above video for their hit "Fantastic Voyage", apparently cribbed from a Netherlands broadcast in 1981, showcases the band in its prime. Mark Wood--as underrated a lead singer as they come--brings the heat and the band is as tight as that brother's stripped pirate shirt. My favorite part? The transformation and subsequent breakdown at 1:26.

But you know what else is cool? That almost 30 years after, them brothers can still get down:

1 comment:

Max Reddick said...

I caught Lakeside in Frankfurt in the late eighties and they played about a thirty minute version of "Fantastic Voyage." That was the funkiest thing I have ever heard to this day. They were vastly underrated.