With the Red Hot Chili Peppers'
ascension in the 1980s, it became downright fashionable in "alternative rock" circles to combine rock and funk. One of the better funk-rock releases of the early '90s was the Limbomaniacs' Stinky Grooves
-- an inspired fusion of P-Funk, Washington D.C.-style go-go, rap and hard rock/heavy metal. Drawing on influences ranging from Led Zeppelin
and Jimi Hendrix
to Trouble Funk
to Public Enemy
., the sweaty, intense band is much more individualistic and recognizable than many of its peers. Though the Limbomaniacs
sometimes employ sampling, they do so sparingly and are far more reliant on "real instruments" than technology. Bootsy Collins
and Maceo Parker
appears as distingushed guests on Stinky Grooves
, a CD that should have enjoyed much recognition, but sadly, was all but ignored.