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Help Me with a "70's Funk" Party Theme

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!

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

        1. 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

            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=sgKzzy... ).

            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/6603/343495...
            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

              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

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

                have fun. ;-).

                i wanna see the menu and the outfits you wear!

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

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              1. re: alkapal

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

            1. 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!

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

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                      1. re: alkapal

                        I totally have that song stuck in my head now.

                    1. 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

                        >>>>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. Donna Summer Pudding
                        or Jimmy Somerville Pudding

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

                          1. 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

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

                                1. re: thew

                                  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

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

                            2. 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

                                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

                                  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

                                    They can be dipped in the Chocolate fountain too!

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

                                1. Go southern with Little Feat: Dixie Chicken?

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                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                      more accurately - funky, but not funk

                                      1. re: thew

                                        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!

                                  1. 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

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

                                      1. 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. 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

                                            oh gosh, that look ka (apple) py py song has been used so many ways, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeqJHa...
                                            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. 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

                                              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: alkapal

                                                  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

                                                    "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

                                                      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

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

                                                        1. re: Phurstluv

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

                                                  1. 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. re: Rmis32

                                                        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

                                                          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...

                                                        1. re: chefdadomaha

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

                                                          1. (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. 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

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

                                                                1. re: mamachef

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

                                                                  1. re: alkapal

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

                                                                    1. re: mamachef

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

                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                    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

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

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

                                                                    1. 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. 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

                                                                          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

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

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