The Tom Joyner Morning Show is in Cincinnati this week, the hometown of the legendary funk guitarist, Bootsy Collins. While the TJMS has been seen hanging out in hot spots all around town, Collins, of course, is an ambassador for the city, which is experiencing a renaissance of sorts lately. Their football team is doing well, and of course, their native son is continuing his run as funk’s coolest ambassador.
Apparently, even Tom Joyner gets lied on. Tom says that in George Clinton’s upcoming book, he’s accused of stealing crack pipes from Parliament Funkadelic. But as even George himself said, ‘If you remember it, you weren’t there,’ we’re thinking you’d have to take that story with several grains of salt. Tom certainly found it hilarious. Collins says he was on that tour, but he admits to his fair share of drug use, so the world will never know who saw or did what.
Still on the road after all these years, Collins says that he hasn’t even had a chance to see the James Brown movie, Get On Up, although he’s part of one of the funniest lines in the film.
“We’ve been all over Europe and by the time we get back, we have so much stuff to do,” Collins says. “I’ve been hearing so much different rap, I don’t know if we should even go see it.”
Collins says he is also featured in the James Brown documentary, Mr. Dynamite, airing on October 27 on HBO.
“We had just came off the road and I had strep throat,” Collins says. “I sounded just like him. I couldn’t even get into my character. It was like James was channeling through me.”
As for Ohio’s legendary funk legacy – Collins says that the competitive nature of the bands that grew up there – everyone from the Ohio Players to Roger Troutman and Zapp, is likely the reason. But maybe it is in the water.
“It could be in the pee in the water,” he says.
Listen above for more of the hilarious interview which covers George Clinton’s true funk, Tom’s alleged crack pipe theft, how drugs and funk went together and more.