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David Byrne Presents: The Funky Broadway

David Byrne Presents: The Funky Broadway

Playing tracks by

Bee Gees, Neil Young, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Dyke and the Blazers, The Fantastic Johnny C and more.

Here are songs with Broadway in the title. Stylistically, they are all over the map. “The Funky Broadway” came out when I was in high school in Baltimore. On the local radio, they played the Dyke and the Blazers version and I assumed they were referring to Broadway in Baltimore, which is truly funky. They weren’t—though, they might have been referring to Broadway in Buffalo or the one in Phoenix where members of that band hailed from.

Of course, I knew that when most people referred to Broadway, they were referring to the one in New York. When I moved to New York, I worked for a while as an usher in a movie theater on East 34th Street. Once in a while, I had the job of taking the tickets, receipts, or sometimes the reels of film in big cans to the chain headquarters further uptown. I loved those trips—and from my POV, I was getting paid to be a tourist—to walk down Broadway. Broadway! This street was famous, I thought to myself, it’s in songs and movies, and now I’m walking on it!

Comments

Rod Stasick

Nice concept for a mix. For clarity: Arlester "Dyke" Christian was the person who actually wrote "Funky Broadway" (without the "The" that appeared on the album cover). Being from Buffalo, the song referred to
the Broadway there, but there was also a road in Phoenix called "Broadway" that he was enamored with as well, so that found its way into some aspect of dedication.

Personally, even tho George Benson bedswerved "On Broadway" into smooth "funk" oblivion and left me feeling like I'd never want to hear that song again, I'm still a fan of the impLOG version of it.

James E. Knauff III

Here we are in a room full of strangers

Cynthia McGarvie

Since I can’t make it to Broadway , this is the next best thing .

Andrea Nagy

Love it!!

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福水勝

相変わらず最高です。DB 氏❗いつまでも応援し続けます❗

Sue Ferguson

I felt the same way when I walked down Broadway in NYC for the first time :)

Cherie Bourlard

Love it! Thank you DB 🤩👣

Sappy Ferret

Funky! Lovin' the mix. Thanks DB. Dancing shoes wearing thin about now!