Classics: Bootsy Collins – Stretchin’ Out (In A Rubber Band) (Warner Bros.)
God at times comes to work in some quite mysterious ways… Not because of the existence of a ‘Strechin’ Out’ song by the likes of Gayle Adams (on Prelude). A cut which, besides, doesn’t have anything to do with this ‘Stretchin’ Out (In A Rubber Band)’. But most likely because the latter saw the light as a part of Bootsy’s Rubber Band ‘Stretchin’ Out In Bootsy’s Rubber Band debut-album one one side. Then as a 7inch credited to the sole Bootsy Collins on the other, back in 1976.
Needless to say as to how we suggest you to rather get the album version which is slightly longer. This ‘Stretchin’ Out (In a Rubber Band)’ seeing Clinton’s bassist Bootsy Collins jammin’ along with luminaries such as the latter. But also Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley and Dave Brecker among others. Meanwhile bringin’ a bit of psychedelism on his interpretation of P-Funk.
Strangely enough and although sounding familiar – with thanks to its “We like to party!” phrase, ‘Strechin’ Out (In A Rubber Band)’ has only been sampled once. And this by Parliament the year after on ‘The Landing (Of the Holy Mothership)’…
A native of Cincinatti, OH, bassist Bootsy Collins first came to form a Funk band – The Pacemakers – back in 1968. Thus joinin’ forces with his elder brother, the late Phelps ‘Catfish’ Collins, Frankie ‘Kash’ Waddy, and Philippé Wynne. Then gettin’ hired as James Brown‘s backin’ band by the Spring of 1970. And, by that, becomin’ the first version of The J.B.’s. Eventually playin’ on classics such as ‘Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine’, ‘Soul Power’ or ‘Talkin’ Loud And Sayin’ Nothing’ to name a few.
After almost a year, they parted ways with Brown, and Collins had a brief stayin’ in his hometown. This before movin’ to Detroit, MI, after Wynne had suggested him to join The Spinners. Collins would do different at the end though. Joinin’ George Clinton and play bass on his different ventures, from Funkadelic to Parliament among others. And, as a result, contributing to classics such as ‘One Nation Under A Groove’, ‘(Not Just) Knee Deep’ and other ‘Atomic Dog’. But also forming his own group by the likes of the Bootsy’s Rubber Band. Meanwhile makin’ his debut back in 1976 with the memorable ‘Stretchin’ Out (In A Rubber Band)’. The key track from their ‘Stretchin’ Out In Bootsy’s Rubber Band’ album for Warner.
A flamboyant character on stage, just like Clinton, Bootsy Collins has always kept an ear open to experiments of nearly all sorts. Thus appearing under a myriad of different guises. From Bootzilla to Casper, Zillatron and other Fuzzface. And also collaborating with many other artists. Beginning with Zapp, eventually co-producing their first album featuring the memorable ‘More Ounce To The Bounce’. But also Trouble Funk and L.J. Reynolds. No to mention Talking Heads, Deee-Lite, Bill Laswell, Victor Wooten and Talib Kweli to name but a few.