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alkapal Aug 15, 2010 08:39 AM

I was inspired by a post on potluck themes, and I wanted to add something I've been considering for a while:

I want to do a "70's Funk" music party, getting foods that reflect great songs or artists of the time. They don't necessarily have to be typical of the "70's" kind of food, though.

First off the bat: The Ohio Players "Fire" FI-YURR! unh-unh. <cue to grill some foods>.

Then, "Funky Nassau" to cue up some conch fritters...

Of course, where would we be without the unequalled James Brown, maybe "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" -- to cue up some fish en papillote?

Parliament Funkadelic? http://musicalstewdaily.files.wordpre... inspires some wild jello salad with spiky carrots and celery inside ;-).

What would be your ideas for the party? Name a song or artist and the food or technique that you suggest as the proper homage. I know you all are creative, so... GET FUNKY, y'all!

  1. Rmis32 Nov 28, 2010 11:01 AM

    This one's apropos, but b-a-a-a-d, I just couldn't resist.

    1. kattyeyes Oct 10, 2010 05:18 AM

      I hate to see this party stop...how 'bout we STOMP some grapes to make wine while we groove to s'more Brothers Johnson? :)

      "Ain't we funkin' now? Yeahhhh...uh-huh!"

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      1. re: kattyeyes
        alkapal Oct 10, 2010 06:22 AM

        miss kat, groove on over to the big vat o' grapes, hike'st up yore skirt, and start stompin'. <your feet are perfectly clean, i'm sure>. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw0D-R...

        i'm assured many places making wine still do it the old-fashioned way.

        1. re: alkapal
          kattyeyes Oct 10, 2010 06:30 AM

          "Andiamo subito!!!" :) Aspetta! Would be way more fun in that vat with the right soundtrack!

      2. KaimukiMan Oct 6, 2010 07:51 PM

        too bad it's disco. you could do a burger bar with 'don't leave me this way', thelma houston... but that was after her 'pressure cooker' days. drat.

        1. Rmis32 Oct 6, 2010 05:31 PM

          Before digging in, don't forget to say grace.

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          1. re: Rmis32
            kattyeyes Oct 6, 2010 06:11 PM

            Amen to that, brotha! Nice!

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            pushslice Sep 6, 2010 11:59 PM

            Let It Whip (-ped Cream) - Dazz Band
            Sweet Sticky Thing -Ohio Players (cinammon rolls!)

            1. kattyeyes Sep 6, 2010 06:07 AM

              Jello shots and "Glide" from Pleasure (I thought it was Slave, too, who knew?). I'll be extra creative with 'em, too, 'cause a tune this funky deserves nothing less!

              Then we can serve up some chow fun so we can bring Confunkshun ("Ffun") to the party. YEAHHHH!

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              1. re: kattyeyes
                mamachef Sep 6, 2010 07:11 AM

                "Psychedelic Shack" Shooters - either Jello shots, layered in different colors, or oyster shooters with a tangle of different herbs on top.

                1. re: mamachef
                  alkapal Sep 6, 2010 07:20 AM

                  i'd call that soul (but i wouldn't mind having some soul food, too). ;-).

                  1. re: alkapal
                    mamachef Sep 6, 2010 07:25 AM

                    DH told me I was in the wrong genre right after I hit "send", Alka. Sorry 'bout that!

                    1. re: mamachef
                      alkapal Sep 6, 2010 05:33 PM

                      hey girl, that's alright -- you're in the game (and you have hubby involved ;-). win-win.

                2. re: kattyeyes
                  alkapal Sep 6, 2010 07:17 AM

                  how about "WORD UP soufflé? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZjAan...

                  1. re: alkapal
                    kattyeyes Sep 6, 2010 07:26 AM

                    WOOHOO! And since you brought Cameo (I was holding back 'cause it's 80s), how 'bout some "Candy" to pass out as favors when our guests leave? I can make those yummy zen bites amyzan taught me last year.

                    1. re: kattyeyes
                      alkapal Sep 6, 2010 05:35 PM

                      :14 and :29 crack me up!
                      and 1:40 looks so silly now, huh? 2:34? that's just wrong on so many levels!

                3. greedygirl Aug 27, 2010 09:06 AM

                  (James) Brown bread ice-cream
                  (Hot) chocolate mousse cake
                  Earth, Wind and Fiery Thai Prawns
                  (Mother) Popcorn
                  (Le Freak)adellen
                  (Sly and the Family) Stone Crabs.

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                  1. re: greedygirl
                    alkapal Aug 27, 2010 06:47 PM

                    well done, greedygirl!

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                    mojoeater Aug 27, 2010 07:55 AM

                    psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop - for some reason Aqua Boogie makes me think of aqua jello...

                    1. chefdadomaha Aug 27, 2010 05:02 AM

                      ABBA - Swedish Meatballs!

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                      1. re: chefdadomaha
                        alkapal Aug 27, 2010 05:26 AM

                        ABBA -- egads, chef, that's even worse than barry white! ;^D.

                        honey, we're needing FUNK -- not pop! ABBA is bouncy bouncy, funk is slinkin' groove!

                        now, go seek out some funky meatballs. <and nobody mention south park, ok?>

                      2. Rmis32 Aug 25, 2010 09:49 PM

                        Rufus Thomas - Funky Hot Grits

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                        1. re: Rmis32
                          Cheese Boy Aug 26, 2010 10:18 PM

                          That could be the side dish, but this is the main meal.
                          Love the brass section.

                          Rufus Thomas - The Funky Chicken

                          1. re: Cheese Boy
                            alkapal Aug 27, 2010 04:48 AM

                            how in the world could we have neglected funky chicken?!?!? we need to serve funky chicken stew!

                            i mean i can still dance the funky chicken (if i had to in order to escape from a prison camp, or something...). here's my man, the great james brown, the godfather of soul, demonstrating: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdz88M...

                        2. kattyeyes Aug 24, 2010 07:56 AM

                          Hey, Veggo...why don't you bring your "More Bounce To the Ounce" Meatballs?!!!

                          This thread is right up there with my all-time faves! ♥ alkasis, how I wish we could actually throw this party!


                          1. alkapal Aug 22, 2010 03:32 PM

                            jungle (boogie) curry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgynbF...

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                              Cameraman Aug 22, 2010 10:14 AM

                              A brown chick a brown cow

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                              1. re: Cameraman
                                alkapal Aug 22, 2010 03:18 PM

                                chick a wow wow

                              2. kattyeyes Aug 21, 2010 01:38 PM

                                Gotta get Rick James to the party again (besides those MJ brownies!), so let's have "Cold Blood(ed)" Sausages:

                                Sexy, sexy, sexy...

                                And if we have Rick, we've gotta have Teena Marie, so how 'bout some Pillsbury crescent rolls for a little "I Need Your Lovin' (from the oven)"

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                                1. re: kattyeyes
                                  Phurstluv Aug 25, 2010 03:42 PM

                                  You're going back to disco, katty!!

                                  This is actually a little hard - I keep coming up with disco ideas too, although I loved that funky music!!

                                  I think what you're missing, alka, is a little Earth Wind & Fire, Barry White & Dazz!!

                                  1. re: Phurstluv
                                    alkapal Aug 26, 2010 03:05 AM

                                    barry white??!!!

                                    1. re: alkapal
                                      kattyeyes Aug 26, 2010 05:34 AM

                                      I know, hello, and THIS kat was going back to disco?! ;) Chiggity-check yo'self...I thought we were "One Nation Under a Groove" at this party. Y'know, gettin' down just for the funk of it. Though I completely dig Ice Cube's newer riff on this, I can't think of a dish to go with. Can you, alkasis? Nothin' can stop us now...

                                      Rmis32, too funny with Rufus!

                                      1. re: alkapal
                                        Phurstluv Aug 26, 2010 08:52 AM

                                        "Awwww, Baby, I don't wanna see no panties......"

                                        He was the original Love Master, there's gotta be something of his collection you can use for your Funk party!!

                                        1. re: Phurstluv
                                          buttertart Aug 26, 2010 09:06 AM

                                          Lenny Henry (British comedian) did a terrific parody of BW..."take off your brassiere my dear...oh you're not wearing one? ...go put one on, it's gonna be a looong night".
                                          Not on YouTube unfortunately.

                                          1. re: buttertart
                                            Phurstluv Aug 26, 2010 09:11 AM

                                            ROFLMAO!!! I would've loved to see that!!! My DH thinks that song is hilarious!

                                            1. re: Phurstluv
                                              buttertart Aug 26, 2010 09:24 AM

                                              It really was killer. Wonder if it's available somewhere.

                                  2. Rmis32 Aug 16, 2010 10:10 AM

                                    Pass the Peas - James Brown
                                    More Peas - JB Horns
                                    Look ka (apple) Py Py - Meters
                                    Shake Every (cocktail)thing You Got - Maceo Parker
                                    Hey Porky Way - Meters

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                                    1. re: Rmis32
                                      alkapal Aug 17, 2010 07:02 AM

                                      oh gosh, that look ka (apple) py py song has been used so many ways, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeqJHajT5RY&feature=related
                                      from the "chick a wowow" aspect, to the bass line, which i swear was stolen to make the soundtrack for "live and let die." thanks for bringing the meters to the party.

                                      maceo parker -- in california in september and florida in november -- on a big tour! http://maceoparker.com/itinerary.html maybe he'll stop in the "pass the peas" at our party.

                                    2. kattyeyes Aug 16, 2010 05:13 AM

                                      Forgive me for posting a dirty recipe--I've never actually eaten this stuff, but am sure we can clean it up for the party:

                                      The Whatnauts, "Hamburger Help(er) Is on the Way"

                                      And how did I forget The J.B.'s "Pass the Peas"--let's make 'em as soup with lemon cream as I did recently.

                                      One last thought--though this is early 80s--no matter what's served, I know this party's gonna be, as The Gap Band would sing, "Outstanding." CLASSIC!

                                      1. Cheese Boy Aug 15, 2010 08:50 PM

                                        BT Express -- Do It Till Your Satisfied ... serve Sex on the Beach in a sexy glass.

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                                          rHairing Aug 15, 2010 05:46 PM

                                          OK, I was a lil kid but how about...Everybody was Kung Pao Fighting??? I would also recommend Rick James...MaryJane....I'll leave it to you to come up with the brownie ingredients:) When Doves cry..you could serve squab...OH serve some hot chocolate...You Sexy Thing!

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                                          1. re: rHairing
                                            alkapal Aug 16, 2010 05:16 AM

                                            ok, rHairing, we'll cut you some slack since you were a baby during the great funk era, but...
                                            how in the heck did you put PRINCE into the mix, and then on top of that, with "when doves cry?" i think that you may need some remedial funk education. in fact, i'm sure of it. ;-). but look on the bright side, you won't be alone in class.

                                          2. buttertart Aug 15, 2010 03:50 PM

                                            Go southern with Little Feat: Dixie Chicken?

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                                            1. re: buttertart
                                              kattyeyes Aug 15, 2010 05:14 PM

                                              GONG! Not funky!!!

                                              1. re: kattyeyes
                                                thew Aug 15, 2010 05:48 PM

                                                more accurately - funky, but not funk

                                                1. re: thew
                                                  buttertart Aug 16, 2010 05:46 AM

                                                  Thank you, thew. I knew it was a stretch, but why not switch it up just a little? Life in the 70's wasn't ALL all beer and Super Freak!

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                                              sherriberry Aug 15, 2010 03:23 PM

                                              Wild Cherry-Play that funky music(white boy)=cherry pie or crisp w/ white chocolate shavings.

                                              1. onceadaylily Aug 15, 2010 12:08 PM

                                                Funkadelic: 'Cosmic Slop' fondue
                                                Funkadelic: 'Better by the Pound' cake

                                                And at the end of the night, Parliament's 'All You're Goodies Are Gone'

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                                                1. re: onceadaylily
                                                  mojoeater Aug 15, 2010 02:37 PM

                                                  Let us not forget Parliament: "Chocolate City" - maybe chocolate fountain?

                                                  Average White Band: "Cut the Cake" - any kind, maybe dipped in the fountain!

                                                  The Bar-Kays: "Too Hot to Stop - spicy chicken wings or jalapeno poppers

                                                  Sly & The Family Stone: "You Can Make it if You Try" - a build your own whatever bar

                                                  And a chilly drink of some sort named the "Cold Sweat" - James Brown

                                                  ETA - I was trying to come up with something for "Superfly" but nothing came to me...

                                                  1. re: mojoeater
                                                    onceadaylily Aug 15, 2010 03:00 PM

                                                    Love the 'You can make it if you try'. A tray with build your own appetizers?

                                                    'Superfly' . . . it *is* a cicada year.

                                                    1. re: onceadaylily
                                                      mojoeater Aug 15, 2010 03:08 PM

                                                      They can be dipped in the Chocolate fountain too!

                                                2. thew Aug 15, 2010 11:18 AM

                                                  put some jam on your knees, and get ready to spread....

                                                  (yes thats a p-funk quote, mods, not an unrelated salacious comment)

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                                                  1. re: thew
                                                    alkapal Aug 15, 2010 11:32 AM

                                                    so...thew...ya bringin' da jam?

                                                    1. re: alkapal
                                                      thew Aug 15, 2010 12:57 PM

                                                      pumpin it up right now

                                                      1. re: thew
                                                        alkapal Aug 15, 2010 01:04 PM

                                                        somehow your comment made me think of martin mull, then fernwood 2nite, and thus i found this version of "shake your booty" performed by happy kyne and the mirth makers....

                                                        1. re: alkapal
                                                          thew Aug 15, 2010 01:56 PM

                                                          awesome. thanks. that and mary hartman are lost gems of an era

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                                                    small h Aug 15, 2010 10:22 AM

                                                    Popcorn! Not exactly funk, but sorta close.


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                                                      smartie Aug 15, 2010 09:55 AM

                                                      Donna Summer Pudding
                                                      or Jimmy Somerville Pudding

                                                      it was not my favorite genre of music so that's about it from me

                                                      1. kattyeyes Aug 15, 2010 09:48 AM

                                                        The Brothers Johnson "Strawberry Letter 23" Shortcakes:

                                                        Tom Browne's Funkin' for Jamaica Jerk Chicken:

                                                        Kool and the Gang's Planet Hollywood Swingin' Chicken (!):
                                                        MEGA-BONUS POINTS if you can get this trombone player to come dance at the party! :) Yeahhhh!

                                                        Oh, damn, I have to come back to this one...I gotta fly for now, but definitely wanna groove on this theme s'more, mah sista!

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                                                        1. re: kattyeyes
                                                          alkapal Aug 15, 2010 10:53 AM

                                                          >>>>MEGA-BONUS POINTS if you can get this trombone player to come dance at the party! :) Yeahhhh!<<<

                                                          oh, HELL yeah! any. time. he. wants. ;-D.

                                                        2. onceadaylily Aug 15, 2010 09:39 AM

                                                          Jean Knight, Mr Big Stuff----ed peppers?

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                                                          1. re: onceadaylily
                                                            alkapal Aug 15, 2010 09:42 AM

                                                            "who do you think you are?!" ;-D.

                                                            1. re: alkapal
                                                              onceadaylily Aug 15, 2010 10:05 AM

                                                              I totally have that song stuck in my head now.

                                                          2. alkapal Aug 15, 2010 09:37 AM

                                                            James Brown, "Papa Don't Take No Mess" of Greens: http://www.amazon.com/Papa-Dont-Take-Mess-Part/dp/B000VZO3UW/ref=pd_sim_dmusic_t_5

                                                            "Mother Popcorn" http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

                                                            1. Veggo Aug 15, 2010 09:24 AM

                                                              Anita Ward - You can ring my bell pepper
                                                              Hues Corporation - Rock the gravy boat
                                                              Pacific Gas and Electric - Are ewe ready
                                                              Billy Preston - Will it go ground round in circles

                                                              1. MGZ Aug 15, 2010 09:17 AM

                                                                Booker T and the MGs "Melting Pot" - Not only does it get you a special track, it opens you up to serve the iconic food of the decade!

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                                                                  small h Aug 15, 2010 08:55 AM

                                                                  Jungle (juice) Boogie. Great, now I can't stop.

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                                                                  1. re: small h
                                                                    alkapal Aug 15, 2010 09:17 AM

                                                                    KOOL-AID & the Gang! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl7Bk3...

                                                                    1. re: alkapal
                                                                      small h Aug 15, 2010 09:29 AM

                                                                      Hah! So your sub-theme is "sugar shock." Hot Chocolate, also.

                                                                  2. bermudagourmetgoddess Aug 15, 2010 08:53 AM

                                                                    Mello Yellow Squash

                                                                    Bad Bad Leroy Brown Meatloaf

                                                                    Knock three times tuna trio

                                                                    You light up my lentils

                                                                    Sourthern Nights Fried Chicken

                                                                    Hot Stuff Baked Potatoes

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                                                                    1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess
                                                                      alkapal Aug 15, 2010 08:55 AM

                                                                      no no no! I need FUNK. FUNK, girlfriend!

                                                                      thanks for playing, though. your consolation prize is behind curtain #3. ;-). (disco evolved from funk.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgKzzyOsYLk&feature=related ).

                                                                      ps, you made me crack up with the "knock three times tuna trio"! i just pictured tony orlando and dawn, smearing mayo on white bread. http://images.radcity.net/6603/3434953.jpg
                                                                      this DOES give me some ideas for costumes, though: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7Jvsb... (except for the bear rug on tony's chest. crikey!).

                                                                      1. re: alkapal
                                                                        bermudagourmetgoddess Aug 15, 2010 05:31 PM

                                                                        Ok...lets put some funk in this...

                                                                        Super Freak Chicken>roasted poblano marinated chicken

                                                                        Papa was Rolling ravioli Stone


                                                                        Let it whip..ed potatoes

                                                                        You dropped the bomb on me ... stuffed cherry peppers

                                                                        Rock Shrimp Steady

                                                                        So did I funk it up some?? Welll now you went and did it, i am so having a funk 70's dinner next weekend!!!

                                                                        1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess
                                                                          alkapal Aug 16, 2010 05:12 AM

                                                                          ha ha, that's a little better, funkygoddess!

                                                                          have fun. ;-).

                                                                          i wanna see the menu and the outfits you wear!

                                                                    2. s
                                                                      small h Aug 15, 2010 08:51 AM

                                                                      Tear the (tin) Roof (sundae) off the Sucker.

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                                                                        small h Aug 15, 2010 08:44 AM

                                                                        Atomic Hot Dogs.

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                                                                          small h Aug 15, 2010 08:42 AM

                                                                          Chicken under a Brick House.

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                                                                            alkapal Aug 15, 2010 08:47 AM


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