TIR 24: Troglodytes and the Evolution of the Jimmy Castor Bunch

Gerry Thomas (second from left) celebrates gold record success with Jimmy Castor (center) and the rest of the Bunch.


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 three-part series: Keyboardist, trumpet player, composer and producer Gerry Thomas, a central figure with not one but two of the most prominent funk-R&B bands of the 1970s — the Fatback Band and the Jimmy Castor Bunch. He recorded some 30 albums between the two.

The Fatback Band, founded by drummer Bill Curtis, released many funkified tracks including “(Are You Ready) Do the Bus Stop,” “(Do the Spanish Hustle,” “I Like Girls,” “Gotta Get My Hands on Some (Money),” “Backstrokin’,” “King Tim III (Personality Jock),” “Freak the Freak the Funk (Rock),” “Let’s Do It Again” and “Hip So Slick.” The Jimmy Castor Bunch’s danceable delights included “Troglodyte (Cave Man),” “Luther the Anthropoid (Ape Man),” “The Bertha Butt Boogie,” “King Kong,” “Supersound” and “Space Age.”

Heavily influenced by the horn-driven syncopations of James Brown and the J.B.’s, Fatback Band albums were parties on wax with festive songs setting just about anyone within earshot in motion, grooving to the funk, soul, Latin, disco, New Orleans and reggae rhythms. Find out how all that wonderful music came to be and hear lots of amazing stories with one of the primary parties responsible — Mr. Gerry Thomas.

Recorded October 2017


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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.