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My Favourite Music, Part 1: Brit Funk

12 songs I love from an often-overlooked genre dating back to the late 70s and early 80s

Alan AJ
6 min readJan 24, 2022

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This is the first of several planned articles, where I share some of my favourite music.

I like a wide range of genres and styles, but music from the late 70s and early 80s has a special place in my heart.

I particularly like funky and soulful music, with some elements of jazz or jazz-funk — so Brit funk seems like a good place to start.

The first time I heard the term Brit funk was in the 90s, when I saw a compilation CD containing several tracks I loved when I was at high school ten years earlier.

All the memories came flooding back, and I just had to buy it. It wasn’t long before I bought another CD from the same series.

I’ve tried to rank them in order, but I love all these songs. So if I ranked them next month, the order might be different again.

At the end, there is a YouTube playlist so you can play all the songs in one go if you prefer. There are also some notes, with references and details of the compilation CDs.

1. Beggar and Co — (Somebody) Help Me Out

1981

There are so many things I like about this track: solid, powerful bass; electric piano; rhythm guitar; a fantastic brass section; vocal harmonies; and wacky synth sounds. It really scratches a musical itch.

Another reason it connects with me is that it takes me back to my childhood — I’d never heard anything like it before. It’s a true classic, and it’s one of my favourite songs of this genre.

(My late wife sometimes called it ‘The Meow Song’, because of the way they sing one of the phrases.)

2. Central Line — Walking Into Sunshine

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Alan AJ

Random life stories, opinions, and a dry sense of humour. A 55-year-old former electronics engineer and programmer in England. Previously 'Autistic Widower'.