Bee Gees got da funk!

“Boogie Child” is so damn funky you could mistake it for being a Sly Stone song. The vocals, the horn stabs, so groovy and funky as hell. Could it be more perfect?

Get your funky pants and groove on, just like those nut cases in this home-made video! 

Pop and disco legends Bee Gees did never sounded so funky. “Boogie Child”, is taken from their 1976 album “Children Of The World” album. The song was never a huge hit, but peaked in at #12 in the US. It was released as their third single off the album who spawned the more familiar falsetto sung #1 disco hit “You Should Be Dancing”, second single was the ballad “Love So Right” and the last and fourth single off the album was the title song off “Children Of The World”

Did you get the funk?

There´s something about Franky!

There really is something about Franky Manzos debut single “MJs Coursing”

Is it the intro to her single – a little AOR inspired – until her voice and the beats kick in?
Is it the dry simple piano line? The slightly auto-tuned vocals?
The cool 70s inspired “Oh, beep-beep, Oh beep-beep” bridge in the middle of the song?
The percussion, and the hand claps, and the dry synthetic sax stabs?
The mix of 70s-80s and 90s disco-club squeezed into 3 minutes?

Is it the story of her past as a dancer behind the likes of Destiny’s Child, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and more. Or maybe her career with former Guns´n´Roses drummer Matt Sorum in Darling Stilettos, a band that looked and sounded like a cross between Pussycat Dolls, The Runaways and 80s Prince protoges Vanity 6 and Appolonia 6 with the motto of Spice Girls; GIRL POWER!

Even if Frances Manzo (her real name) is still young she has had a long career. She has not only been a dancer behind some of the worlds biggest stars, but she has also been doing choreography, commercials, movies, music videos – the most famous being a dancer in Britney Spears “Womanizer” video, been an on stage performer, dance teacher, and being in television productions. Franky is also a music co-writer- and co-producer of Maudlyn Strangers self titled upcoming debut album!

She looks like a rock chick, but also has this late 80s-90s style. And since she is a fan of – and has worked with great rock musicians – there’s no doubt she has her own style!

The MJ in the song “MJs Coursing” is, as you have probably guessed already, the late great Michael Jackson.
Franky Manzo, or if you prefer her real name Frances Manzo, said on her Reverbnation page “This song encompasses everything I wanted in my first song because of my love for Michael Jackson and the era of disco I heard as a child from my mom.”

After reading this quote I had to hear more about the story behind “MJ´s Coursing” and sent Frances Manzo a few questions to her Facebook profile – and she shortly after, she sent me her answers! – here it goes;

5 QUESTIONS: a Q&A with Franky Manzo

You say on your reverbnation profile that “This song encompasses everything I wanted in my first song because of my love for Michael Jackson and the era of disco I heard as a child from my mom.”

Q: Are you inspired by any special MJ songs on the song? Or any special discotunes your mothers liked?
A: Difficult question! It’s hard to choose which MJ songs inspired me, but I can try narrow it down to “They Don’t Care About Us”, “Rock With You”, “Billie Jean”, and “Remember the Time”. As far as disco songs, my mom definitely had “Heart of Glass”, “Harlem Shuffle”, and “Bad Girls” on her favorite cassette tape…which she played all the time! I credit my mom with my rhythmic ability because when I was about 2, she and I used to dance to those songs every morning. So I think those songs will always stick with me, and you can hear their influence in my single.

Q: Is there any plans for a full album – how do think it will sound?
A: Absolutely! I think much of the album will be disco inspired, but I don’t necessarily want to limit myself to just one genre. I am truly inspired by what Blondie did…she was a total punk rocker turned disco diva, and back again! I expect that the album will throw a curveball in there somewhere!

Q: I feel the video to “MJs Coursing” is a bit inspired by Kylie Minogue and especially her “Confide In Me” vid? Am I right?
A: Yes, I love Kylie! I got to meet her about 10 years ago at a show, and she’s an absolute delight! I actually hadn’t seen the “Confide in Me”* video, but I can see the similarity!! The original concept that I had for my video was quite grandiose, but alas, being on an indie artist budget isn’t exactly conducive to being grandiose. So, we came up with an alternative, the video that’s out now, and it came out great!!! I’m so happy with it.
(*Note: I see i refered to the wrong Kylie song and video here – my fault…but it seems like Franky Manzo understood what I meant)

Q: I see you have been dancing onstage behind several big names, like Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child and Miley Cyrus to mention a few. Are you supposed to be working with any big named and well-known producers or writers on your album?
A: I had the opportunity to work with big name producers when I was in Darling Stilettos, and I’ve found that the most important thing is that I trust who I’m working with, especially because I’m barely getting my feet wet as a solo artist. My producer, Michael Binikos, is someone that I trust. He’s worked with Leann Rimes, Brie Larson, and the like. I’m very lucky to have him working on my album.
As far as writers go, I’m not opposed to letting someone write for me in the future, but right now, I have so much I want to convey as an artist. I think that it’s important for me to write my own material. I really want to show the world what I’m capable of…and it’s only the beginning for me.

Q: What other artist are you inspired by?
A: Blondie, Kylie Minogue, and Michael Jackson are some of my favorites. Aside from those artists, I’m totally inspired by Robert Plant! I LOVE Led Zeppelin. I really appreciate his lyrics. Sophie Ellis-Bextor is another artist I love. Her songs are so catchy and they just make you feel good. Gwen Stefani is one of my absolute favorites. I used to wear dickies and cropped wife beaters just like her…still do! Scott Weiland…I know it’s a bit of a stray, but I can’t help but love the grunge era. He’s a dynamic performer with amazing songwriting skills.
It may be hard to tell that I’m inspired by these artists based on my single, but I love writing for other bands…and that’s where you can see a lot of these influences. I co-wrote and co-produced many of the songs on Maudlin Strangers’ upcoming debut album. “Suffer, Kate” and “Long Way Down” were definitely Zeppelin and Stone Temple Pilots inspired!

Franky Manzo ends my Q&A like this Haha, I tend to be wordy sometimes. I really appreciate this!!! Thank you so much!!!”

If someone is going be thankful here it´s gotta be me – for giving me so good answers on my questions. Wordy is no problem as long as the answers good or what?

I must say I love to see her cool genre mix. With Michael Jackson and Kylie Minogue on one side, and her love for Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin and Stone Temple Pilots Scott Weiland on the other. A good lover of music – sees no bonderies and limits, only opportunities! Thank you again Franky Manzo for your great answers!

The single “MJs Coursing” is one piece of perfect radio friendly pop!
I would love to see some great remixes of the track; How about a great classic Masters At Work remix, like they did in the last part of the 90s with loads of live-instruments, like a fat bass line – some guitar and lots of great percussion? Kenny Dope and Little Louie Vega – open your ears!

But as the song “MJs Coursing” is now – it´s a nice piece of great radio disco-pop –  And it gets better and better with each listening!

Look forward to follow the adventurous future of Franky Manzo!

Yes, you can you dance to this!

In the 70s every artist seemed to hook up the latest trends, like the disco boom.

Even hard rock bands like Kiss flirted with disco on their classic “I Was Made For Loving You”. I made a Spotify playlist with some tracks thats not necessary aimed at the dance floor, but has more or disco/funk elements than their usual songbook.

Welcome to the eclectic disco playlist!
Push the PLAY button to play the playlist in Spotify
Dolly Parton – Baby I´m Burnin´
A fab mix of well known Dolly Parton country and disco beats, sounds really amazing!
Lenny Kravitz – Black and White America
The newest track on here. Lenny can play anything he want. But is without best when he is soulful and funky!
10CC – Blackmail Soft Rock legends, who’s done everything from symphonic pop to reggae and on this track, they´re flirting with the discotheque
Bruce Springsteen – Blinded By The Light
Funky Springsteen – and you can dance to this too! Fab and way better then the Mannfred Manns Earth Band cover!
Rilo Kiley – Breakin Up
Huh? Is this a disco song? Yup! Listen to the chorus!
Badly Drawn Boy
Disillusion – Badly Drawn Disco? No, a great look back to the happy 70s…
Eric Clapton – Forever Man
Listen to the high-hats here, disco or not disco? A least a little influence there!
Kiss – I Was Made For Lovin´ You
Hard rock band my xxx, this has written disco all over!
The Alan Parsons Project – I Wouldn´t Want To Be Like You
Progrock and soft rock band thats really funky and disco-friendy here!
Gil Scott-Heron – Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler)
The uncredited godfather of rap, has also tested the disco…
Toto – Miss Sun
They´re quite jazzfunky on Gorgy Porgy and it would have been a obvious choice, but this is more discoish if you ask me!
Elvis Presley – Moody Blue
From the late great kings last album – listen to the melody and high-hats here…hit the floor girls and boys
Donavon Frankenreiter – Move By Your Self
Play this track back to back with the Alan Parsons track (see over) – one of the the coolest rip-offs ever?
Level 42 – Starchild
Mark King´s the king (sic) of 80s slap-bass – this is an amazing track!
Billy Ocean – Stay The Night 
He is so much more than “When The Going Gets Tough (The Tough Gets Going) and Get Out Of My Dreams (And Into My Car)
Randy Crawford – Streetlife
This is a disco song – and one of worlds best songs ever – this HAD TO BE HERE!
Chicago – Street Player 
Listen to this and you´ll understand why Masters At Work sampled this track for there The BuckedHeads project and their legendary “The Bomb”
Steely Dan – The Fez
For a band named after a dildo – this is a amazing disco track!
The Clash – Magnificent Seven
They´ve done punk, and Reggae and Dub, and this disco track.
Neil Young – We Are In Control
Robotic vocals, and some disco influences. Could Daft Punk have listened to Neil Youngs Trans record before going in the studio and making their Discovery record?
The Police – When The World Is Running Down
When i hear the name The Police – i think about; Sting Reggae/Pop…and this track…Disco!

Okay, so this is a proof that 80s, soft-rock, singer-songwriters, rock legends, soul artists, prog-rockbands all can unite for one thing – DISCO!