Instant Funk

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Instant Funk
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genres Soul, Disco, Funk, Post-disco, Electro
Years active 1975–1985
Labels Philadelphia International
Salsoul Records
Associated acts MFSB, Jammers
Past members Raymond Earl
Scotty Miller
Kim Miller

Instant Funk were an American 1970s disco band, best known for their disco classic, "I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)".

History[edit]

Instant Funk came out of New Jersey consisting of Raymond Earl, Scotty Miller and guitarist Kim Miller. The group was then called The Music Machine and they were very successful as a back-up band for The Manhattans, Bunny Sigler and also the TNJs. Throughout their careers, Instant Funk would be the back-up band for many stars, including Lou Rawls, Loleatta Holloway, The O'Jays, MFSB, Curtis Mayfield and Evelyn Champagne King (they are the backing band on the hit single, "Shame").

The group relocated to Philadelphia in 1976 to release its first album, Get Down With the Philly Jump, as they started to formulate their own sound. The group followed this album up with a release for former MFSB guitarist Norman Harris' new record label Gold Mind, with front man Bunny Sigler entitled "Let Me Party With You".

The Gold Mind label folded, and Instant Funk's new cut "I Got My Mind Made Up" was transferred to the Salsoul label, which pushed the record heavily to all of the disco clubs. The remix of this song by club DJ Larry Levan and engineer Bob Blank quickly became the talk of Manhattan. "I Got My Mind Made Up" hit #1 on both the R&B and disco charts and #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the spring of 1979. The group's eponymous first album on Salsoul was also a hit, reaching #1 R&B and being certified gold disc status.

Instant Funk initially stayed together to tour when Salsoul folded. They eventually disbanded, and Bunny Sigler went on to perform as part of The Trammps.

Instant Funk collaborated and released a music video "I'm Your Reflection" in 2013 with new R & B / Soul / Jazz artist Soul Artist, Shantel bio update to follow later.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Get Down With The Philly Jump : 1976

Instant Funk : 1979

Witch Doctor : 1979

The Funk Is On : 1980

Looks So Fine : 1982

Instant Funk V : 1983

Kinky : 1984

List of albums, with selected chart positions.
Title Album details Peak chart positions[1]
US U.S. R&B JPN UK
Instant Funk #94 #14
Witch Doctor #129 #23
The Funk Is On #130 #62
Instant Funk V #38

Singles[edit]

Year Title U.S. Dance U.S. R&B U.S. Pop UK[2]
1977 "It Ain't Reggae (But It Sho Is Funky)" #24
1979 "Crying" #41
"I Got My Mind Made Up" #1 #1 #20 #46
"Witch Doctor" #35
1980 "Bodyshine" #28 #41 #103
"Everybody" #22
"The Funk Is On" #87
1982 "Why Don't You Think About Me" #59
1983 "(Just Because) You'll Be Mine" #21 #71
"No Stoppin' That Rockin'" #32
"Who Took Away the Funk" #70
"—" denotes the single failed to chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Don't Disturb This Groove - The System - Billboard". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 133. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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