That's right. Funk music and trains—no one knows for sure what the connection is, but it's a strong one, or as we say in Spanglish: muy fuerte. If you're funky, if you like trains, you're in luck because you're going on a funky train ride RIGHT NOW.
Gap Band - Party Train. This deserves a better upload on the YouTubes. If someone can legally do so, give it a try. And don't miss that train. 'Cause it's a party train.
The Gap Band - Party Train by papafonk
Heatwave - The Groove Line. This is one of the best songs of the disco era. When I was a youngster, Heatwave was one of my faves. They still are. They had Dayton, Ohio-bred soul, a ridiculously strong work ethic, and secret-weapon songwriter Rod Temperton on board. Heatwave disbanded under tragic circumstances, but their spirit never wavered.
Did this start it all? The Soul Train theme from 1973 with its animated chugga-chugga train streaming soulful vibes from its steam funnel. RIP, Don Cornelius. Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doooo!
James Brown - Yes, I am ready for the Night Train. Damn!
Of course, I can't leave out Little Eva's Locomotion. A little bit of rhythm and a lot of soul.