Funky Worm

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For the band see The Funky Worm.
"Funky Worm"
Single by Ohio Players
from the album Pleasure
B-side "Paint Me"
Released 1973
Genre Funk
Length 2:41
Label Westbound
Songwriter(s) Ohio Players
Producer(s) Ohio Players
Ohio Players singles chronology
"Varee Is Love"
(1972)
"Funky Worm"
(1973)
"Ecstasy"
(1973)

"Varee Is Love"
(1972)
"Funky Worm"
(1973)
"Ecstasy"
(1973)

"Funky Worm" is a song by American funk group the Ohio Players, from their album Pleasure. It peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard R&B charts in 1973 and also peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

Influence[edit]

The song's ARP synthesizer[2] solos have become a staple part in hip hop sampling history, being sampled by artists such as MC Breed, Too $hort, Dr. Dre, Xzibit, Game, and countless other rap/hip hop artists. The high-pitched whine of the synthesizer on the song was often emulated by producers from the West Coast and became a staple in G-Funk music. N.W.A notably sampled "Funky Worm" on their songs "Gangsta Gangsta" and "Dopeman". Ice Cube sampled "Funky Worm" for his songs "Wicked" and "'Ghetto Bird", duo Kris Kross' 1992 single "Jump", Lil' ½ Dead's 1994 song "East Side, West Side", Tim Dog's single "Skip to my loot (featuring Smooth B), DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's 1993 hit "Boom! Shake the Room", and Ruff Ryders 1999 song "Bugout" also samples the song.[3]

It was also sampled in De La Soul's "Me, Myself, & I", off their 1989 album "3 Feet High And Rising". It was also sampled for the ring entrance for L.A.X.

In popular culture[edit]

The song can be heard on the fictional radio station Bounce FM, in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The Google Doodle celebrating the 44th anniversary of Hip Hop (August 11, 2017) featured the song on a virtual record that allows users to "scratch." https://www.google.com/doodles/44th-anniversary-of-the-birth-of-hip-hop

Charts[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 15
U.S. Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 437. 
  2. ^ Interview with Junie Morrison
  3. ^ List of artists that sampled "Funky Worm"