The rhythm-oriented grooves of funk
plus the Epic Riffs
of rock. Due to this simple combination, it was the first fusion genre to appear, way back in The '70s
- David Bowie - On Young Americans, Station to Station, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) and Let's Dance, most notably.
- Eric Burdon
- Funkadelic - Especially early on. Parliament tended to be pure Funk, however.
- Betty Davis
- Jimi Hendrix - The Trope Maker. "Little Miss Lover" is arguably the Ur-Example of funk rock.
- The Isley Brothers - Some would argue that the Isleys are the Ur-Example.
- Rick James: Combined the driving, fast tempo and in-your-face attitude of Punk music and the funkiest of, well, Funk music. Considered to be the originator of Punk-Funk.
- Lenny Kravitz (at times).
- Level 42
- Ohio Players had a few songs that edged into funk rock territory.
- Phish - Fairly prominent among the many, MANY genres they touch on.
- Prince & the Revolution
- Rare Earth (and they were even signed to Motown to boot!)
- Red Hot Chili Peppers: Especially so in their earlier days, until their 1999 album Californication. Since then, they've focused more on Alternative Rock with vague callbacks to their funky roots.
- Spin Doctors
- Mother's Finest
- Talking Heads - They comparatively leaned towards a pure Funk sound with New Wave Music and Afrobeat influences, but they still count.
- Ike & Tina Turner - Their work as a duo in the 70s falls under this category, being more Rock-oriented than their earlier work and much of their solo material.
- Wild Cherry (a.k.a the "Play That Funky Music" band)
Appeared in the late 1970s in the UK, can frequently overlap with Post-Punk
. Much less funk-oriented than either funk-rock or -metal, more experimental/dissonant/noisy. Arguably mutated into what we now know as dance-punk.