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8Jan
2014
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Old School Jam Of The Moment! “Monkey” By George Michael!

George Michael Photo: Yogbook.com

The Old School Jam Of The Moment is "Monkey" by George Michael from his best-selling album "Faith" released in 1987.

"Monkey" was released in July of 1988 hitting number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was George's eighth number one single and the 4th from the "Faith" album.

The mix above was made by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and was a huge hit at the club's and charted high on the Billboard Dance Charts!-DocFB

Diagnosis: "Monkey" is one of George's underrated songs....

22Apr
2012
153

“Mutiny/Ice Cream Castles” New PRINCE & The NPG Rehearsal Jam! Listen Now!

NPG Photo: Randee St. Nicholas NPG Records
NPG Photo: Randee St. Nicholas NPG Records

NPG Photo: Randee St. Nicholas NPG Records

Here is the latest rehearsal jam from PRINCE & THE NPG. We have been waiting to share this with you and now, we finally can!!

As we first told you about late last week, this is Prince's musical response to Terry Lewis asking if Prince needed an opening act for his upcoming Australian Tour and was also sent to Paul Peterson of Fdeluxe (Formerly The Family) before anyone else.

We promised you that it is hot, funky, dirty, and will leave you in puddle of sweat.

We want to thank PRINCE for sending this to us!  The rehearsal jam features "Mutiny" and....."Ice Cream Castles"....Listen below......

We are loving it and digging it big time!  Australia, are you ready?  Good Gawd!

As we said over the weekend, Janelle Monae and Deliah are possible opening acts for Prince's "Welcome 2 Australia" leg of the tour.  Will anyone else be coming along?

So what do U guys think of the latest rehearsal jam?-DocFB

Diagnosis:  1, 2, 3, 4, EVERYBODY ON THE DANCE FLOOR!!!

21Apr
2012
25

“Thumbs Up For Rock & Roll” For Prince & Possible Tour Opening Acts


Music icon Prince sure has a sense of humor. Along with a musical message to The Time/Original 7ven's Terry Lewis, he sent the video above. This video is too funny. "Thumbs up for rock & roll?" all right then.

When we first saw this video, I was like Waa?.... but by the end, it had us laughing.

Not only was this sent to Terry Lewis but also Paul Peterson aka St. Paul who was in the Prince band, The Family, who now call themselves FDeluxe.

We chatted briefly with Paul about things and will have some very cool stuff coming your way soon, including that new rehearsal jam that PRINCE sent his and our way.  Seriously, we cannot wait to give it to you.  Sometime this week, we promise!!!!!

BTW, make sure to LIKE Fdeluxe on Facebook and also make sure to give their official web site Fdeluxe.com some love as well.  Will they open up for PRINCE on his upcoming Welcome 2 Australia Tour?

Speaking of opening acts, we have heard of some other possible opening acts for dates on the tour;

Delilah and Janelle Monae just MIGHT be in the purple live experience.

What did U think of the video message?

Who do you want to open for PRINCE?

Where's Fluffy?

What did Terry Lewis think?

2 be continued and answered......sooner than U think!-DocFB

20Apr
2012
38

Prince Speaks Through His Music In Upcoming Rehearsal Jam

Prince
Prince

Prince

Man! If you thought that "Dance Electric" PRINCE and the NPG rehearsal jam was dope.....JUST WAIT!!!!

Our ears have been blown by something just sent to us.  We cannot wait to share it with you.  It is hot, funky, dirty, and will leave you in puddle of sweat.

It shows he has been paying attention to your requests on what to play.  Wow!  Straight hotness.

BTW, that "Dance Electric" REHEARSAL JAM has over 2,500 likes and almost 500 comments, making it one of our most commented stories in the site's short existence!  Thank you PRINCE for allowing us to share it here first!!!

Terry Lewis of The Original 7ven aka The Time got the 1st copy of this rehearsal jam after inquiring if PRINCE needed an opening act for Australia.

Terry got his answer through song.  P always speaks through music.  Its the language all of us understand.

What was the message?  Hear it loud and clear next week on DRFUNKENBERRY.COM!!!!!

It's going to be so worth it!-DocFB

18Jan
2012
17

The Original 7ven (Formerly The Time) Comment On Jesse Johnson Leaving The Band

The Original 7ven. Promo Photo
The Original 7ven. Promo Photo

The Original 7ven. Promo Photo

A month after Jesse Johnson announced he was leaving The Original 7ven, the band Formerly Known As The Time, the other band members have finally spoken about him leaving.

The statement was posted on the band's website;

For the statement and exclusive video footage, click the continue reading button.

20Oct
2011
9

The Original 7ven (Formerly The Time) Rock 1st Show!

Morris Day of The Original 7ven. Photo: Cody Breedlove
Morris Day of The Original 7ven. Photo: Cody Breedlove

Morris Day of The Original 7ven. Photo: Cody Breedlove

In the 1st show as The Original 7ven, The Band Formerly Known As The Time took us to "Strawberry Lake" to kick things off.

They then went into a multitude of hits featuring "Get it Up", "The Stick", "Cool", Jerk Out", "Skillet", "777-9311" and "Trendin'"(video coming soon) the latest from the Original 7ven.

Donnie Simpson introduced The Original 7ven, noting it was the very first show with that name.

The Original 7ven. Photo: Cody Breedlove

The Original 7ven. Photo: Cody Breedlove

Aside from a sound issue at first (It is Club Nokia, so it expected) The OG7 brought it. The band also played "Fishnet" and "Oak Tree" 2 songs released as a solo artist by Morris Day.

In the middle of the show, Jesse Johnson took over to show he is one of the baddest guitarists in the land.  Performing "Free World", Can You Help Me?" and "I Want To Be Your Man" along with some great solo work accompanying him with Jerome Benton coming out a time or two.

Jesse Johnson. Photo: DrFunkenberry

Jesse Johnson. Photo: DrFunkenberry

The band then went into "Gigalos Get Lonely Too" and then bringing up quite a few sexy socialites if I do say so myself.

They closed with "The Bird" and Jungle Love" which left the crowd condensating for sure.

It was a high energy show and it was great to see all of them perform together.  My first and only time seeing them all together was for a taping for The Tonight Show With Jay Leno a couple of years ago before their shows in Las Vegas.

Morris Day Of The Original 7ven Photo: Cody Breedlove

Morris Day Of The Original 7ven Photo: Cody Breedlove

Coming up next for the band whose new CD "Condensation" dropped this week, is The Tonight Show With Jay Leno October 27th, along with upcoming shows in Minneapolis and New York.

These are some of the greatest musicians in all the land.  The term real music by real musicians most def applies to them.  Please support real music by buying the CD and just like them, we are sure you will be "Trendin'" soon as well.

Thanks for the love guys and the great show.-DocFB

Diagnosis:  Whose Drawers?  You Know

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18Oct
2011
23

The Original 7ven (The Time) Talk Name Change & Purple Rain Sequel

Morris Day, DrFunk, & Jerome Benton. Photo: Drfunkenberry.com
Morris Day, DrFunk, & Jerome Benton. Photo: Drfunkenberry.com

Morris Day, DrFunk, & Jerome Benton. Photo: Drfunkenberry.com

When I ran into the Time in August, there was no mention of a name change. All they told me is that everything is coming together and its time, for them, to return.

In mid-September, it is announced they are now called The Original 7ven (The band Formerly Known As The Time) and have a new album, "Condensate" which is out now.  The Original 7ven consists of all the original members of The Time, Morris Day, Jimmy Jam. Terry Lewis, Jesse Johnson, Monte Moir, Jellybean Johnson, and Jerome Benton.

A member of The Time calls me about the name change.  "Ahh.  We got you on that, didn't we?  We were able to keep it a secret until we wanted it out there."

11Oct
2011
4

The Original 7ven AKA The Time To Hold Q & A Session At Grammy Museum

The Original 7ven. Promo Photo
The Original 7ven. Promo Photo

The Original 7ven. Promo Photo

The Original 7ven aka The Time are showing a documentary about the group at the Grammy Museum and afterwards they are going to hold a Q & A session.

The documentary is entitled Reel To Reel and the event cost $10.00 and tickets can only be purchased at the Grammy Museum.  The event takes place Tuesday, October 18th, a day before the Original 7ven's concert at Club Nokia Wednesday, October 19th.

The Grammy Museum released this press release:

The GRAMMY Museum is proud to debut the intriguing new documentaryThe Original 7ven in the Clive Davis Theater. Chronicling the adventures of seven young musicians; Morris Day, Jesse Johnson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jellybean Johnson, Monte Moir, and Jerome Benton, the 80-minute film illustrates how the group came together in the early 80's and eventually rewrote music history. Required viewing for any fan of the Minneapolis Sound, the documentary is an up-close-and-personal portrait of life as told by the band members themselves. Their new album, Condensate, will be released the same day. After the screening, a group of panelists involved with the production, including the entire band, will be available to take audience questions.

Make sure to buy the best Buy version of the CD, as the documentary will come with the CD.

We are looking forward to the event.  Again, you can only purchase tickets through the Grammy Museum.  For the concert, there are still plenty of great seats left that can be purchased here.-DocFB

Diagnosis: We #Trendin

31May
2010
9

The Original Time Band Funk Memorial Day Weekend

Jerome Benton & Morris Day.  Drfunkenberry.com Exclusive.  Photo: C.B.
Jerome Benton & Morris Day. Drfunkenberry.com Exclusive. Photo: C.B.

Jerome Benton & Morris Day. Drfunkenberry.com Exclusive. Photo: C.B.

Jerome Benton & Morris Day. Drfunkenberry.com Exclusive. Photo: C.B.

Jerome Benton & Morris Day. Drfunkenberry.com Exclusive. Photo: C.B.

The funkmasters from the Minneapolis Sound came out to Vegas to let everyone know "What Time Is It?" by performing 2 hot funky sets over the weekend at The Hilton.

The OG Time, Morris Day, Jerome Benton, Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam, Monte Moire, Jellybean Johnson and Jesse Johnson electrified the crowd that knows them from the fame of "Purple Rain" and "Jay & Silent Bob", but if you LOVE real music that is going to keep you vibin' for more than 1 summer, The Time has been funky for the past 3 decades.  No need to use your fingers; that's 30 years of musicianship right there.

"Jungle Love" "777-9311" "Gigolos Get Lonely 2" "Stick" "The Bird", and "Cool" were played plus more of the Time's classic signatures written with Jamie StarrPrince. (You old school funkers got that reference right? You know how I do.)

Now, you know one of my funkenspies (the person who provided us the photos to use) was up in there and we asked about the new CD n if/when it will come out and we got this from Terry Lewis:

"I can assure you the CD is done and will be out this year." 

Morris also mentioned it during the show.  When we talked with Jimmy Jam at a Grammy event a few months ago, they were waiting for distribution. 

We have been hearing bees buzzing in the industry trying to lock The Time up into an extended tour with another hot act or 2, but my funkenspy could not confirm that for you. 

Well, Jimmy has my card, so if you want to speak on that, you know how.  :)

For MORE pics of the Original Time..>>>>>>