Sunday, November 22, 2009
Space Funk: A Love Story
For a long time, I have wanted to write a post about the fashion called "space funk" (well, I call it space funk) but I haven't been able to find that many great photos, and I've always thought I should do more extensive research on it than just what comes to mind. I have so many questions about, such as...
Where does the space funk look come from? What are its origins? How does it relate to the much whiter, less funkier fashion/music genre of glam rock? Could I get a grant of some kind in order to study it? Why are fashion's histories and particularities never seen from a valid anthropological standpoint?
Space funk seems to have a lot in common with Bowie's bold, spacy, strong look of glam rock- but did space funk really draw from glam rock or did it grow independently? Now glam rock, my number one lover during my later years of high school, often had a similar, funky, spacy, glittery feel, but it often looked sort of homemade- like you just threw on your mother's ratty fur and some gold pants. See the lovely Marc Bolan in the below photo below.
David Bowie's impeccable glam rock meets space funk look.
Brian Eno works the strong shoulder while doing what he does best: twist nobs.
David Bowie seems to be the link between the two-because space funk is not about throwing things on. True Space funk is usually carefully constructed, apparently by some sort of master 70's craftsmen, like in this amazing LaBelle video.
Also, in their early years, bands like (pre-Parliment) Funkadelic and Sly and the Family Stone had sort of hippyish, pirate-y, Hendrix-y version of a space funk look. Obviously this had nothing to do with Brian Eno.
Edit: Doesn't looking at these photos make you think about how you will never begin to look anywhere near as cool, and neither will anyone else for the rest of time?
All I guess i can really say about space funk is that we no longer have these sense of dazzling showmanship we once did, and that is a tragedy.
Okay, now I'm just going to post some photos. Perhaps I will enumerate more on this subject later!
PS: I want Midnight Special DVDs for Christmas.
The king of Space Funk, the underrated Rick James.
Okay, maybe he's the king of Space Funk: Bootsy Collins
80's space funk, courtesy of The Commodores.
Betty Davis combined space funk with a classic ho look.
Anyway, I can barely find any good photos! Isn't there an archive somewhere?