TIR 69: Floyd Miller Chronicles Slave From ‘Slide’ to Slip


Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in TIR Episode 69 (two segments): A founding member of one of the undisputedly most talented, important and beloved funk bands of the 1970s and 1980s, Floyd Miller of Dayton, Ohio’s mighty Slave. The group’s incredible roster of gifted musicians included bassist Mark Adams, guitarist Mark Hicks, multi-instrumentalist Steve Washington, and drummer-singer Steve Arrington and guitarist-singer Curt Jones, both of whom have been featured on TRUTH IN RHYTHM. Miller contributed horns, percussion and a whole lot more, staying with the group throughout the 1980s even as many others departed.

Slave notched several hit albums with hit songs and deep cuts that included “Slide,” “Just a Touch of Love,” “Stellar Fungk,” “Just Freak,” “Volcano Rupture,” “Watching You,” “Wait for Me,” “Stone Jam,” “Snap Shot,” “Baby Sinister” and “Sizzlin’ Hot.” Members who left the group went on to additional success with acts like Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame, Aurra and Deju Vu.

In this in-depth interview, Miller digs into what made the group so extraordinary, what tore them apart, how several original members are looking to reunite, and tales from the studio, road and memories good and not so good. Although not at liberty to get into all the sordid details, he definitely conveys the trials and tribulations he and the Slave organization have endured, as well as the magic of their creations and love for the fans. So don’t worry baby, everything’s OK to Slide into it with Slave’s Floyd Miller!

Recorded October 2018