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Butter that Popcorn! Funky Vamps & Oddities Inspired by James Brown and "The Popcorn" Dance

Butter that Popcorn! Funky Vamps & Oddities Inspired by James Brown and "The Popcorn" Dance

Playing tracks by

The Rdm Band, Jimbo Johnson & The Violators, Kim Melvin, Billy Ball & The Upsetters, The Poets of Rhythm and more.

When most people hear the word "popcorn," they probably think of Orville Redenbacher. When record collectors, DJ's, and fans of the backbeat hear that same word, it takes on an entirely new context: it's a sound, a movement, a dance--a FEELING. In much the same way that hundreds of bands cashed in on Chubby Checker's "Twist" phenomenon, popcorn-themed songs quickly became ubiquitous among dancefloors and radio stations in the late 60's. Legions of funk bands--some well-known, most not so much so--who had been inspired by the popcorn craze began to experiment with their own variations on the theme.

Popularized by James Brown, the "Popcorn" evolved from Boogaloo music and became a code word amongst singers, musicians, and bands (and, eventually, record collectors) alike that evidenced a seismic shift in Western rhythm and redefined what we thought of as "dance music." In short, the "popcorn" craze produced some of the most incendiary and sought-after vinyl in all of record lore.

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