FRIDAY NIGHT FUNK – TOP 10 MUSIC (MOJO & FUNK): (6) JAMIROQUAI – LOVE FOOLOSOPHY (2001) / (DON’T) GIVE HATE A CHANCE (2005)
“Baby baby, I feel these sweet sensations
Honey honey, looks like a superstar”
It doesn’t get much funkier than Jamiroquai – indeed, Wikipedia lists the band’s genres as “funk, acid jazz, jazz funk, nu-funk, pop and disco-rock”.
Jamiroquai is best known by its lead singer Jay Kay, dubbed the cat in the hat – particularly in his incarnation as the Buffalo Man, the silhouette character on their album covers – and his idiosyncratic style of dancing, showcased to best effect in the trippy video to Virtual Insanity, their best-selling single.
Or to its fans, the use of their single Canned Heat in that dance scene from Napoleon Dynamite. (Vote for Pedro!)
Their breakthrough album, particularly in the American music scene, was Travelling without Moving – apparently the best-selling funk album according to the Guinness Book of Records, with the aforementioned Virtual Insanity as its flagship single. Personally, I prefer the single Alright as funkier (“Let’s spend the night together, wake up and live forever”), although my true soft spot is for the sci-fi boogie of Cosmic Girls and its cheezy lyrics:
“I’m scanning all my radars
Well she said she’s from a quasar
Forty thousand million light years away
It’s a distant solar system
I tried to phone but they don’t list ’em
So I asked her for a number all the same
She said, step in my transporter
So I can teleport ya
All around my heavenly body…
She’s just a cosmic girl
From another galaxy”
However, my favorite Jamiroquai single and accordingly this entry is from their fifth album A Funk Odyssey (aptly enough in 2001) – Love Foolosophy.
Now, there’s a funk odyssey right there, although the official video’s a little drab.
Close-runner-up is a single from their sixth album Dynamite (and their singles compilation High Times) – (Don’t) Give Hate a Chance.
As you can see, it features an animated Buffalo Man in its quirky video.