This week in March in 1979, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searcher’s song, Bustin’ Loose was Number 1 on Billboards’s R & B Top Ten List. It was my senior year in high school, and funk and soul music was in its prime.
I remember it clearly. I danced to this song with my friend Cathy, another white girl with a whole lot of soul. Cathy and I would put on our 12” disco singles, like this one, or Heatwave’s Boogie Nights, or Chic’s Good Times, and practice our dance moves—the Freak, the Spank, and just free-style dancing, in the full-length mirror of her brother’s bedroom.
Bustin’ Loose was so funky—in a way I hadn’t heard before. I love the horns, and the percussion. Also, I’ve always said if I could play any instrument, it would be the base guitar, because that was where the funk came in. Bustin’ Loose reinforces that note, with a funky, or as I’d hear some guys say, stinky, base line.
When searching for this song about a year ago on youtube, I came across another clip, an interview with Chuck Brown. This song was considered part of the Go-Go music scene coming out of D.C, and Chuck was considered the Godfather of Go-Go. To hear more about Chuck Brown’s musical contributions and the evolution of the Go-Go movement , watch this video from www.visionaryproject.org