So, let's say you've got two genres that are great on their own, namely Funk
and Heavy Metal
. What happens when you put them together? Exactly What It Says on the Tin
: Take Funk Rock
, replace the rock with Heavy Metal
, turn up the amps and rock out. Emerged in The Eighties
and became really popular in The Nineties
. Can frequently overlap with Rap Metal
, Rap Rock
or Alternative Metal
The Funk Metal genre contains the following tropes:
- Alternative Metal: almost all of the bands classified as Funk Metal could be classified as this as well. In fact, Funk Metal is arguably a subgenre of it.
- Hair Metal: most of the bands that don't also count as Alternative Metal can be considered this as well.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: averages from 5-7, but sometimes goes up to 8 or drops below 5 (on ballads or on songs that emphasize the Funk component more so than the Metal side of things).
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: in addition to the obvious Heavy Metal and Funk influence, many bands in the genre combine other genres with the above as well, with HipHop, Punk Rock, Ska, Reggae, Psychedelic Rock and Jazz all being fairly common choices. Particularly eclectic examples include Primus, Janes Addiction, Faith No More (and sorta-offshoot band Mr. Bungle), Living Colour and Fishbone, but even bands like 311 and Red Hot Chili Peppers count, albeit to a lesser extent.
- Piss-Take Rap: Some bands singers' count as this, though many are either competent rappers or don't try to rap at all.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: some bands have shades of this. Not anywhere near universal, though.
- Ur Example: "Super Stupid" by Funkadelic can be considered one of the earliest examples, as it took the hard rock styling of bands like Led Zepplin and infused their trademark Funk elements into it.
- "N.I.B." by Black Sabbath could also be considered an early example due to its heavy focus on a wah wah infused bassline.
- The 70s had many such songs- "Trampled Underfoot" and "Custard Pie" by Led Zeppelin and "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith, not to mention the work of bands like Rare Earth and Mother's Finest, which mixed Hard Rock with Funk. And the work of Jimi Hendrix occasionally comes close, as well.