Funk Machine – Soul Santa

Funk Machine - Soul Santa

Yes indeed ladies and gentlemen, it is of course that time of the year that I delve into my sack of funky goodies and treat you to a little piece of funky festive inspired wax. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the “big” Christmas tunes by the likes of James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Clarence Carter so as is our style here at Gazfunk we’ve gone for something a little less well-known.

With that in mind I’ve gone for a nice piece of deep funk from 1973 on the Creative Funk label. There’s quite a few funky Christmas themed tracks out there but in my opinion, this arguably tops the lot. Some great horn work, funky guitar, organ and bongos make this one a killer. As far as I’m aware this is the only 45 put out by the group (unless some of you guys know otherwise) and so is relatively rare.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it and have a funky and peaceful Christmas!


Phil Flowers – I Saw Her Standing There

Phil Flowers - I Saw Her Standing There

The record I bring you today comes courtesy of an artist that I featured way back at the very beginning of Gazfunk (5 years ago – wow!) – Mr Phil Flowers. You may remember the song I selected then, a rousing cover of Bob Dylans’ “Like A Rolling Stone”. Well,today’s pick is yet another cover, this time it’s his take on The Beatles classic “I Saw Her Standing There”.

Those Beatles fans among you will doubtless be aware that it was the anniversary of George Harrison’s passing last week, so I figured this track would be a fitting tribute to the man. I’m sure you’ll dig it!

This week also brings the last of my Soul Party radio show for the year as I’m taking a well-earned break over Christmas. With that in mind, it will be something of a yuletide special with Christmas themed songs by a variety of artists including James Brown, The Jive Turkeys, Binky Griptite and Clarence Carter. I hope you can join me (don’t worry, it’ll be a Mariah free zone!)