Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
First there was soul music. Then there was funky music. Now there is Funk, a lifestyle as well as a style of music. Science fiction, soul, 1940s dress, heavy metal and glitter have combined in a movement that is gaining momentum and selling records.
A capacity crowd gathered at the Capital Centre Thursday to hear the newest star in the funk galaxy, Bootsy Collins and his Rubber Band.
Star is the right word, for that is Bootsy's trademark - stage curtains with stars, backup group with stars, star glassed, star guitar and a flashing neon star that framed him on stage. Bootsy says he wants to be the first rock-star doll, and Thursday, dressed in a full-length starry cape and a red and white leather suit with stars, he seemed to become one.
The crowd which stomped and yelled and became a gigantic swirling mass in front of the stage seemed a agree. They wore star outfits and carried tinfoil stars on sticks. They knew the cues for each song and responded to Bootsy and his group as a funk-out Mormon Tabernacle Choir gone soul crazy.
Bootsy's music sounds like the theme song for a kiddie Captain Kangaroo, starring Sly Stone as the Captain and James Brown as Mister Greenjeans. The sense of a kid's show was heightened by a cartoon that featured an animated Bootsy struting across the screen.
The music was unimportant, unintellectual and uninspiring, but no one seemed to care. The thought for the night was Funk, and that was what Bootsy and his band provided.