History[edit source | edit]Edit
Instant Funk came out of 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 source | edit]Edit
Studio albums[edit source | edit]Edit
Get Down With The Philly Jump : 1976
Instant Funk : 1979
Witch Doctor : 1979
The Funk Is On : 1980
Looks So Fine : 1982
Instant Funk V : 1983
Kinky : 1984
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|The Funk Is On||#130||#62||—||—|
|Instant Funk V||—||#38||—||—|
Singles[edit source | edit]Edit
|Year||Title||U.S. Dance||U.S. R&B||U.S. Pop||UK|
|1977||"It Ain't Reggae (But It Sho Is Funky)"||#24||―||―||―|
|"I Got My Mind Made Up"||#1||#1||#20||#46|
|"The Funk Is On"||―||#87||―||―|
|1982||"Why Don't You Think About Me"||―||#59||―||―|
|1983||"(Just Because) You'll Be Mine"||#21||#71||―||―|
|"No Stoppin' That Rockin'"||―||#32||―||―|
|"Who Took Away the Funk"||―||#70||―||―|
|"—" denotes the single failed to chart|