#1
Hi. My name's John.

I'm looking for funk rock bands that use guitars as a lead melodic instrument, this meaning I would prefer bands like old school Red Hot Chili Peppers over James Brown who uses more, sax and trumpet and that sort of stuff. Anything like this would help, as I'm deciding to learn funk rock style.
#2
I think the one and only funk rock band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
They have their own unique style that I don't think anyone else could duplicate.
#3
The chilli's are THE funk rock band but there is also Incubus, Janes Addiction and even Rage Against the Machine can be funky at times
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#4
Check out some Prince.
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#6
Man, if you like a raw rock sound, but also with funkiness, check out Mourning Widows (yes, a very upbeat funky name ;P). Its on of Nuno Bettencourt's band, personally I think it was his best so far.

Get the track Mourning Widows - Monkey Paw.
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Hi. My name's John.

I'm looking for funk rock bands that use guitars as a lead melodic instrument, this meaning I would prefer bands like old school Red Hot Chili Peppers over James Brown who uses more, sax and trumpet and that sort of stuff. Anything like this would help, as I'm deciding to learn funk rock style.

I say great minds think alike. I love RHCP too, as you can see.
I don't know of other funk rock bands too. I think RHCP is THE band.
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Tower of power I guess
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#9
RHCP is so alternative now that you can't even consider them funk rock anymore. But, since you said old school then I'll agree. The other one that comes to mind is Average White Band. They have a very funk oriented sounds but with a rock vibe. Good stuff, have a listen.
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RHCP is so alternative now that you can't even consider them funk rock anymore........ ......... ......... .........

Well i think that's true, Dani California's no funk.

Certain songs of Stadium Arcadium are funk though, like Charlie, Hump De Bump, Warlocks, Tell Me Baby & Turn It Again.
There's a hint of funk in Torture Me & C'mon Girl too.

Mainly off the "Jupiter" side of Stadium Arcadium.
I have all of RHCP's old albums starting with Blood Sugar Sex Magik haha the old school stuff is really funked out!
#11
Well, they're funkier but they aren't funk songs. Just because the bass is funk influenced it doesn't automatically mean the songs are funk songs. If you compare them to James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, and Parliament (the funk trinity) you can see the vast differences.
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Well, they're funkier but they aren't funk songs. Just because the bass is funk influenced it doesn't automatically mean the songs are funk songs. If you compare them to James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, and Parliament (the funk trinity) you can see the vast differences.

Well you're right but I think that's all the funk we're gonna get from the peppers right now sadly.
I'm only 16 so I think Hump De Bump is the best degree of funk-rock mix of RHCP, please forgive me for that
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I'm only 16 so I think Hump De Bump is the best degree of funk-rock mix of RHCP, please forgive me for that


Hah, don't feel bad. Bales is only 14

Also check out the Spin Doctors. Especially their first album.
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Hah, don't feel bad. Bales is only 14

Also check out the Spin Doctors. Especially their first album.


Hey! I turned 15 3 months ago.

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Well you're right but I think that's all the funk we're gonna get from the peppers right now sadly.
I'm only 16 so I think Hump De Bump is the best degree of funk-rock mix of RHCP, please forgive me for that


No worries. I was just trying to correct the assumption so many people have of RHCP being funk, I don't know why it always has bugged me.
#15
The Higher have a few songs with funky basslines. you might be able to consider some sublime songs somewhat funk-rock as well. i think the chili peppers own this genre, however

EDIT: look at some hendrix as well. a lot of stuff with his wah pedal makes a very funky sound.

also, a more classic sounding sounds that have a few funk-rock sogns:

Aerosmith
Deep Purple
KISS
Trapeze
Living Colour
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#16
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No worries. I was just trying to correct the assumption so many people have of RHCP being funk, I don't know why it always has bugged me.

Haha. yeah that's true.
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Also check out the Spin Doctors. Especially their first album.

yeah I only have one song of theirs: 2 Princes.
It's kinda funk. very little, like what RHCP is now.
I actually prefer the current RHCP.
It gd to note that their the most notable hits from of yesteryear have not been funk at all. Californication, Under The Bridge.
Only BY THE WAY is leaning towards funk-rock a fair bit.

Haha. all right.
what chords to funk-rock bands usually use?
7ths, 9ths?
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I think the one and only funk rock band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
They have their own unique style that I don't think anyone else could duplicate.



okay wow.


this is wrong.

a lot of dumb **** in this thread.

1, Jane's Addiction have funk influences in two of their songs. They are nowhere near as funky as the chili peppers. just same era stuff, anyone who calls them "funk rock" never listened to funk.


2, see the same with Incubus. Slap bass alternative does not equal funk.

3, Rage you could make an OK argument, but wtf? does no one remember bands from the 70s?


so for actual suggestions.

Defunkt, Funkadelic (Parliament was the Funk band, Funkadelic was the Funk Rock band. See "Who says a funk band can't play Rock".), the Ohio Players had some fairly rocking songs, Tower of Power were more of... a funk jazz outfit but you should still look into them, Prince is a lot of different things but at several points was funk rock, I suppose you could call a few modern bands like the spin doctors or Fishbone "funk rock" but I certainly wouldn't, although both are way funkier than Jane's Addiction, Trapeze, and a certain era of Frank Zappa.


and yeah thats about what I can come up with. RHCP was basically a Funkadelic rip off for the record though. I mean, I love RHCP, favorite band, did it better than Funkadelic.
Funkadelic rip off until 1988.
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#19
check out tomo fujita.

tower of power

the meters

sly and the family stone, etc
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