TIR 90: Mark Lockett Tells How The Reddings Rocked It in the Pocket

Mark Lockett (left) with the Redding brothers.


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 90 (2 Parts): An original member of the terrific 1980s funk-soul band The Reddings — singer-drummer-keyboardist-composer Mark Lockett. Having already notched a disco-era hit under his own name in the late 1970s, Lockett joined forces with the teenage sons of soul legend Otis Redding Jr. — bassist-singer Dexter Redding and his younger brother guitarist Otis Redding III. The trio exploded onto the scene in 1980 with their debut album The Awakening, which included the smash R&B hit single “Remote Control,” along with the thunderous instrumental title track. The group would go on to release six albums with the final one dropping in 1988.

Notable and hit songs from the period included “Class (Is What You Got),” “Main Nerve,” “Hurt’s So Bad,” “Love Dance,” “You’re the One,” “I Know You Got Another,” the remake “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” “Back to Basics,” “Hand Dance,” “Who You Think You’re Messing With,” “In My Pants” and the ballad “Where Did Our Love Go” — both with Cameo’s Larry Blackmon and Charlie Singleton, “So in Love With You” and their final sizeable hit “Call the Law.”

Although they notched five top 40 R&B hits, their albums and tracks are much stronger than that would indicate as after their debut The Reddings did not really get the promotional push of which they were so deserving. Funk fans in particular will find much to latch onto as Dexter Redding’s prominent bass plucking was a consistent element throughout their catalog. The group toured with most of the top funk and R&B acts of that period, including Rick James and Ashford & Simpson, and band members collaborated in the studio with fellow funkateers like Tyrone Brunson. The fierce bass-drum attack of “The Awakening” captured the attention of Primus bass virtuoso Les Claypool, who adopted it as a live showcase and also rerecorded the cut.

While the Reddings essentially retired from commercial music making, Lockett went on to work with a variety of bands and musicians and has remained active to this day. In this in-depth interview, he reveals the full Reddings story, why he has forever been driven to prove himself, his love for the stage and performing, his subsequent projects up to present day, and why funk has always been a way of life for him.



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.