Con Funk Shun
These Bay Area wavers of the Funk flag began as the band behind Stax soul-balladeers the Soul Children in the early '70s. Their meeting with a Memphis producer proved to be analogous to their sound, which paired the music's West Coast sheen with grittier southern production. In '77 they scored a Funk classic with Ffun, which showed their ability to throw out laid-back, top-down party music. As the '80s train pulled into town, Con Funk Shun rode the winds of the Quiet Storm. They disbanded in the late 80s as lead falsetto Felton Pilate began to focus on producing M.C. Hammer. They have since re-formed.