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Defunkt: Trax, New York

Live Review by Roy Trakin, Melody Maker, 9 February 1980

EVEN THE decidedly old-wave, uptown industry water-hole Trax has caught the Funk Flu that's hit this borough like an epidemic. People are dancing to progressive, ...

Defunkt, the Raybeats, James Chance: Funky, Punky and Chic

Report and Interview by Roy Trakin, Melody Maker, 15 March 1980

The Raybeats and Joe Bowie's Defunkt are working on New York's newest fusion: a post-No Wave music in which James Chance's punk meets George Clinton's ...

Defunkt: Embassy Club, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 6 June 1981

Make my funk the D-funkt ...

Defunkt: Debunking the Funk

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, 13 June 1981

BOWIE (JOE) beats the Apple and subverts Paulo Hewitt ...

Defunkt: The Venue, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 20 June 1981

PRESENTING upwardly mobile uptown jazz/funk from New York, Defunkt are a sharp six-piece fronted by the ever-cool Joe Bowie, who plays trombone, conducts the band ...


Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, August 1981

SCREAM or be screamed at. MOVE or be removed. TAKE what you can or be taken, LOOK out or be looked for. Make them dance, make ...

Defunkt, 23 Skidoo: The Venue, London

Live Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 7 November 1981

Closer to the Bone ...

Will Punk Jazz Replace The Sounds Of Funk?

Overview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 15 November 1981

PUNK JAZZ? It's hard to imagine a more unlikely musical combination. Punk rock favors short, fast songs and disparages musical technique in favor of "anyone-can-do-it" ...

Defunkt: The Life and Death of Romance

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 29 May 1982

Neo-realist funkt, anyone? Joe Bowie describes his big city reggae to Richard Cook. ...

Defunkt: Too Fierce For Radioland

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, June 1982

Joe Bowie, singer-songwriter-trombonist-leader talked to Kris Needs and Killing Joke bassist Youth. ...

This Defunkt Life

Interview by Lesley White, The Face, August 1982

According to Joe Bowie, only his trombone and his funk-jazz band Defunkt stand between him and the imminent nuclear apocalypse. LESLEY WHITE talks to the ...

Talking Heads, Defunkt: Greek Theater, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 10 August 1982


Defunkt: Albany Empire, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, The Guardian, 15 July 1983

DEFUNKT ARE in the anomalous position of being an American band playing in a singularly American style who find themselves prophets without honour — or ...

Joe Boyd: "Our own little Motown"

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, June 1987

In the late '60s, Joe Boyd helped create a peculiarly English form of folk-psychedelia, producing albums for Fairport Convention, The Incredible String Band and Nick ...

see also Punk-Funk All Stars

see also James White and The Blacks

see also Melvin Gibbs


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