Skunkhour - Skunkhour



Sydney band Skunkhour started out as an urban funk band fronted by a rapper. From there, the band incorporated all manner of styles and fusion elements into its frantic, rhythmic, groove-based attack.

The Larkin brothers Del and Aya had a background in ska bands. Guitarist Warwick Scott was influenced by funk and rock. The Sutherland brothers rhythm team played rock and jazz. Common influences for all musicians were reggae, 1970s funk (James Brown, Funkadelic) and hip hop. They joined together to become Skunk, and later, Skunkhour, named after the poem by Robert Lowell.

"The first show (as Skunk - Dean, Michael, Warwick) was at what is now The Underground (formerly the Tom Tom Club, Kings Cross). Del and I were both in the audience, just independent of one another, and we bumped into one another and went, 'these guys are fucking awesome'. Brilliant, you know... it sounded just like our Sly Stone records. We were like, 'this is good', and then in a few weeks we joined the band" -- Aya.

Over the course of 18 months, the band became a popular live attraction on the Sydney scene. Skunkhour was amongst a clutch of new bands exploring diverse musical avenues on the traditional Australian pub-rock circuit during the early 1990s: Juice's hard funk, Swoop's soulful funk grooves, Def FX's techno-metal, d.i.g.'s acid-jazz and Caligula's techno-pop.

In early 1993, Skunkhour supported UK acid-jazz outfit Galliano on an Australian tour, and then issued their debut, self-titled album.

01 Echidna (One)
02 Pullatickin
03 A Cow And A Pig
04 Horse
05 Bootyfull
06 Echidna (Two) / Smuckin
07 Back To Basics
08 The Sheep Of Sam Clams Disco
09 Free man
10 Echidna (Three)
11 Do You Like It

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What is Acid Jazz?

Acid jazz (also known as club jazz) is a musical genre that combines elements of soul music, funk, disco, particularly looping beats and modal harmony. It developed over the 1980s and 1990s and could be seen as tacking the sound of jazz-funk onto electronic dance/pop music.

The compositions of groups such as The Brand New Heavies and Incognito often feature chord structures usually associated with Jazz music. The Heavies in particular were known in their early years for beginning their songs as catchy pop and rapidly steering them into jazz territory before "resolving" the composition and thus not losing any pop listeners but successfully "exposing" them to jazz elements in "baby steps".

The acid jazz "movement" is also seen as a "revival" of jazz-funk or jazz fusion or soul jazz by leading DJs such as Norman Jay or Gilles Peterson or Patrick Forge, also known as "rare groove crate diggers".