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Who Was Funkier: Bang Tango or The Electric Boys?

Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterBrian Carvell | Comments15 Comments

Both Bang Tango and the Electric Boys are known for infusing funk with Glam....but which one did it better? Bang Tango's Psycho Cafe was driven by bassist Kyle Kyle's skills, which set him apart from most others in the Glam genre. However, the Electric Boys arrived on the scene from Sweden, and put out an amazingly funky major label debut, Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride. Both bands deserve credit for thinking outside of the box in a genre that heavily rewarded those who "stuck to the formula" (rocking song, followed by a power balled, followed by another rocker), but if you had to choose which blended the two types of music better, who would you choose?

In my opinion, the answer is clear...the Electric Boys. While I think Psycho Cafe is a decent album, for the most part, it sounded to me like average songs that were kicked up a notch by adding some funky bass lines with the bass kept high in the mix. For the other members of the band, the funk sounded forced and just did not flow (listen to "Love Injection" to hear a perfect example of what I am describing). Then compare that against Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride, and the difference is clear.  While Bang Tango really had one component of the band adding funk to the mix, the Electric Boys were four individuals working together as a unit to make songs that flowed and were truly funky. The bass and drums laid a perfect backbeat throughout the album, which was then brought to life by the duel guitars and Conny Bloom's strong vocals. "Into the Woods," "Cheek to Cheek" and "If I Had A Car" are three songs that really stand out to me on this album and are examples of just how much the Electric Boys were genius in their ability to blend funk and metal.

I know Bang Tango has a very loyal fanbase, and they will probably skewer me for this post, but I have to call it like I see it. Not to take anything away from Bang Tango, as I am a fan, but for me, the Electric Boys did it better.






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Electric Boys!
Awesome band, and playing here in town in a month. I've bought their old 7" lately and there are some cool b-sides such as "Into the Ditch", "Cheesecake Funk" and "Do the Dirty Dog".
January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSnoot
I think Electric Boys were funkier but I'll Bango Tango over them in cooler song.

Here's funky metal! Check out Nuclear Assaults 50 second filler instrumental Funky Noise, its a hoot!
January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShadow
I think Extreme is much funkier than either of these bands
January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJC
Great topic, 2 great bands. I have to say Bang Tango is funkier due to Kyle Kyle's bass. I also want to second the shout out to the mighty Extreme!
January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKobrakai NYC
I went on record a few weeks ago about how brilliant I thought the Electric Boys' "Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride" record was.

Having seen Bang Tango since their early club days, I'll stick with the Electric Boys. They definitely did it better.

Nothing against Bang Tango, as they obviously had "something" going on. And it's no secret that bassist Kyle Kyle was their MVP. Great bass lines in "Soul To Soul","Someone Like You" & "Dancin' On Coals", but.. it's impossible to deny that EB's "Hips & Lips" is possibly one of the catchiest songs of all time.

This round? Sweden 1 - Los Angeles 0 .
January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
Like Ace said, "Hips & Lips" could get a dead man tapping his foot. Ditto for "Someone Like you" from the Bangers.But I too would have to say Extreme outclasses both of these bands if you get right down to brass tacks. Freaking Nuno is from another planet where everyone is born with a guitar in their hands and can spew 32nd notes by the time they can walk....Lol (Think Decadence Dance, Get The Funk Out,Mutha, etc.) Those guys are soooo talented as musicians its scary.
January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Yeah, as someone else said, Extreme wins. Didn't they start the fad that these other bands followed ?
January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
I beg to differ Christian, Electric Boys released their first 7" in '88. Extreme's debut came out year later.
January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSnoot
Bang Tango
January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJack
Bang Tango...
Extreme...
Electric Boys.
January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFlorentine
Snoot - I WANT those songs!!
January 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian C.
Okay, boyz!

Huh-uh-lo-oh!

Electric Boyz are the funkier of the two.

Yet Bang Tango put out way funkier albums subsequent to "Psycho Cafe" that I feel hurt them in popularity.

I'm not wild about the whole Funk'n'Metal thing. In fact, I think it's goofy compared to the mean-a*s straight ahead Glam Metal of Crue, G'n'R, Poison and Ratt (The Real Big 4!) and all of their knock-offs.

So for my taste I like the less funkier offerings from both Bang Tango and Electric Boys. For Bang Tango, Psycho Cafe is their best easily. And as far as Electric Boys, I think their unfunkiest record, "Freewheelin'" is their strongest.

The whole Funk-O-Metal trip killed Bang Tango and it made Electric Boys ditch the whole Funk-O-Metal schtick by '94 by recording an excellent, funk-free Hard Rock album with Glam Metal undertones, their superb offering, "Freewheelin'".

I mentioned "Freewheelin'" not to long ago on a post here about Electric Boys.

Also, if you search for The Music For Nations label re-release, you will get lotsa bonus tracks including their superlative version of Ram Jam's 70's classic, "Black Betty", which was an outtake recorded at the same time as the rest of the album at Abbey Road Studios in London!

As far as Extreme goes, I had the displeasure of seeing them point blank back in the day at the Cat Club in NYC. Ugh! Hookless Sellout Borefests!

I also saw Bang Tango 3 times and they were great, especially when I saw them at Limelight with Slash guesting on several songs joined by yet another guitarist, the leader of an awesome local New Jersey band, Gin Gypsy, whose name escapes me right now.
January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Brian C. Send me an email jakesinferno@gmail.com and I'll convert them to mp3s for ya.
January 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSnoot
Wow, you couldnt be any more wrong on this subject. Hell, the song you posted is a stretch from being Funky. It's border line lame! From the retro seventies guitar rhythm to the loose string bass lines, you cant compare the two. Bango Tango by far has these clowns beat. Physco Cafe & Dancing on Coals were ground breaking "Funky Metal" Take another listen, I think your ears may need a good cleaning.
January 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Sampson
Both bands are exceptional, but for some true rock/funk/goodness check out the first White Trash album. Apple Pie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgZkMvTZo8Y), The Crawl (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80URHx5VRzw) and Buzz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUAQp4PITUg) are just a few of the smoking tunes on this album. Also worth checking out is a very different Helloween song called Crazy Cat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19dHQ6v5isM) and for flat out strange jazzy funkiness don't miss A Tap Dancer's Dilemma by Diablo Swing Orchestra (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osTu38yuuHo). Be sure to crank that last one for best effect!
February 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric Rausin

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