TIR 28: Kickin’ It With Bootsy Beat Master Frankie ‘Kash’ Waddy


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 this 2-part series: Prolific funk drummer Frankie “Kash” Waddy, the beatkeeper on a gang of recordings by the Parliament-Funkadelic empire, particularly Bootsy’s Rubber Band. Hailing from Ohio’s funk hotbed area of Cincinnati, Waddy was a member of Bootsy and his brother Catfish’s band the Pacemakers, which also included singer Phillipe Wynne of eventual Spinners fame and later a prominent voice on Funkadelic’s monster hit “(Not Just) Knee Deep.”

The Pacemakers became J.B.’s backing group for a landmark year between 1970-1971 when the Godfather of Soul unleashed classics like “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” “Super Bad,” “Soul Power,” “Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing” and the instrumental “The Grunt.” Unfortunately, due to some friction Waffy is only credited with the latter track. The Collins brothers and Kash went on to form a Funkadelic-like band called the House Guests, which caught the attention of George Clinton.

Beginning with Funkadelic’s 1972 album America Eats Its Young, Waddy embarked on a long, winding and amazing road with P-Funk. Although he is all over the Funk Mob’s vast catalog, his most consistent post has always been as a member of the Rubber Band providing the backbeat for all of Bootsy’s great jams in studio and on stage. That includes songs like “Stretchin’ Out,” “I’d Rather Be With You,” “The Pinocchio Theory,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Bootzilla,” “Roto Rooter,” “Jam Fan,” and so many others.

One of funk’s legendary drummers shares his experiences with the giants of the genre and talks about important life lessons learned along the way.

Recorded October 2017


Scott Goldfine

As a fervid lifelong music & film enthusiast / student, I grew up in and around the Los Angeles entertainment industry. I have worked and held many positions in various media realms, since 1998 serving as Editor-in-Chief and now Associate Publisher for Security Sales & Integration, a trade publication serving the electronic security industry. I love several genres of music & film. The former includes funk (Parliament-Funkadelic, Prince, Ohio Players, etc.); blues (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Eric Gales, etc.); rock (Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, etc.); hard rock (AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, etc.); jazz (Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Crusaders, etc.); R&B (Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Gil Scott-Heron, etc.); and more. I was a club disc jockey and ran a mobile DJ company (Musical Moods) for more than 15 years, which is where the name Dr. GX originates (Doctor Good Times). Fave film genres include horror (Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.); science fiction (Aliens, Terminator, 2001, etc.); action (Warriors, Road Warrior, Die Hard); westerns (Outlaw Josey Wales, Showdown at OK Corral; Wild Bunch, etc.); suspense (Jaws, Inception, Silence of the Lambs, etc.); drama (Apocalypse Now, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, etc.); and comedies (Life of Brian, Superbad, Ruthless People, etc.). I have attended many hundreds of concerts and movies (in theaters or screenings). I may as well also throw in a few favorite TV shows to give an even broader taste of my sensibilities. A handful would be Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Lost, Justified, Fargo, Seinfeld, Sopranos, South Park, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Key & Peele, Monty Python, Inside Amy Schumer, Louie, Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Last Man on Earth, Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family and The Office. Fave authors are Stephen King, Clive Barker and Michael Crichton. I am also a big sports fan and lifelong supporter of the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB). Also enjoy my family of course, electronics/computers/AV gear, and animals, nature and outdoor activities. Graduate of Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica College and California State University Northridge (Radio-TV-Film, Psychology minor). Also studied at UCLA for kinesiology/psychology and earned post-grad Certificate in Accounting from Santa Monica College. Present main occupation is as Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Security Sales & Integration (SSI), which I joined in 1998. I am responsible for overseeing all editorial content in print. online, electronic, in-person and any other media or products for the electronic security industry's leading business-to-business trade publication. SSI is part of Framingham, Mass.-based Emerald Expositions.