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 Trenton, 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]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Record label
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
CAN
[2]
1976 Get Down with the Philly Jump TSOP
1979 Instant Funk 12 1 14 Salsoul
Witch Doctor 129 23
1980 The Funk Is On 130 62
1982 Looks So Fine 147 43
1983 Instant Funk V 38
Kinky
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
US
Dan

[1]
BEL
[4]
CAN
[2]
NLD
[5]
UK
[6]
1975 "Float Like a Butterfly, Part I"
1976 "Philly Jump"
"It Ain't Reggae (But It's Funky)" 24
1979 "I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)" 20 1 1 16 13 20 46
"Crying" 41
"Witch Doctor" 35
1980 "Bodyshine" 103 41 28
"Slap, Slap, Lickedy Lap"
"The Funk Is On" 87 22
"Everybody"
1982 "Why Don't You Think About Me" 59
1983 "No Stoppin' That Rockin'" 32
"Who Took Away the Funk" 70
"(Just Because) You'll Be Mine" 71 21
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "US Charts > Instant Funk". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-03-20. 
  2. ^ a b "CAN Charts > Instant Funk". RPM. Retrieved 2015-03-20. 
  3. ^ "US Certifications > Instant Funk". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2015-03-20. 
  4. ^ "BEL Charts > Instant Funk". Top 30. Retrieved 2015-03-20. 
  5. ^ "NLD Charts > Instant Funk". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2015-03-20. 
  6. ^ "UK Charts > Instant Funk". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-03-20. 

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