Uptown Funk

Ronson believes the song “turned into a full-on combustible groove workout with elastic bass and indomitable spirit.”[5] The song has been “catching the allusions to one early ’80s funk/R&B classic after another”. Many fans have been citing the ‘Call Me’ Guitar riff [by New York Skyy], Cameo horns, the Time [keyboards], and ‘Party Train’ [by the Gap Band] drums.”

Uptown Funk” (stylised as “UpTown Funk!“) is a song recorded by English producer Mark Ronson, with guest vocals by American recording artist Bruno Mars, for Ronson’s fourth studio album, Uptown Special (2015). Sony Music Entertainment released the song as the album’s lead single on 10 November 2014.[2] Jeff Bhasker assisted the artists in co-writing and co-producing the track, with additional writing from Philip Lawrence. This is Mars’ second collaboration with Ronson (following Mars’ own songs “Locked Out of Heaven“, “Moonshine“, and “Gorilla“) and third with Bhasker (after “Locked Out of Heaven”, “Moonshine”, “Gorilla”, and “Young Girls“).

Uptown Funk is heavily influenced by the “Minneapolis Sound” of the early 80s, pioneered by Prince, and The Time with Morris Day, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. According to Ronson in Rolling Stone the song “animates a Minneapolis groove.”[7]

According to Billboard writer Sean Ross, the song is widely influenced by funk artists and their songs, including James Brown‘s “Living in America“, Stevie Wonder ‘s “Superstition“, Zapp‘s “More Bounce to the Ounce”, One Way‘s “Cutie Pie“, The Gap Band‘s “Oops Up Side Your Head“, Earth, Wind & Fire‘s “Getaway“, The Sequence‘s “Funk You Up“, The Sugarhill Gang‘s “Apache“, George Kranz‘s “Trommeltanz (Din Daa Daa)” and The Time‘s “Cool” though more likely this comes from The Time’s hit “Jungle Love”. The only song on “Uptown Funk” specifically credited is the 2012 top 10 R&B and rap hit Trinidad James‘ “All Gold Everything” (which gives the song its “don’t believe me, just watch” chant). Nevertheless, many of the songs cited “were released during the worst period of a “disco backlash” that effectively kept all types of black music, not just disco, off of top 40″, while “Uptown Funk” received instant airplay at top 40 radio.

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