ALFONIA TIMS AND HIS FLYING TIGERS Future Funk/Uncut! (1982)

Future Funk/Uncut! (1982)
Long-Lost Downtown Funk Artifact

A highly recommended slab of pent-up frantic funk, filtered through a tightly-wound outfit jacked on something. Alfonia Tims & His Flying Tigers were the real deal, but Tims would die of a heart attack three weeks before the release of these debut, 1982 recordings. The descriptively titled Future Funk/Uncut! reeks of a dirty downtown stoned-funk ensemble, sporting bizarre lead solos, abrupt time changes and unpredictable departure/arrival times. A young Melvin Gibbs is in there somewhere, too. For as many decades as I’ve owned the original (now dilapidated) cassette, I’ve never remembered a damn thing Tims was singing about, except that in “Poppa Got Bagged,” his open letter to James Brown, he was “thinkin’ ’bout startin‘ my own funk band.” The Africanized jazz horn charts and street ranting always rang just manic enough for my tastes. Not to mention the squawking, Zorn-esque sax work, years before the pivotal debut of Naked City. FZ fans might appreciate “Funk Wave.” From the cassette-only label, ROIR, whose catalog boasted The Dolls, The Germs, and the like-minded, James Chance. Not for everybody, but highly recommended. There are some sonic issues with this nearly 30-year-old tape, but when a band’s entire legacy fits on a cassette, it survives the best it can. Another huge thanks to Jitterbug Boy, who answered our call and scored this ancient tape in a record store to rip & scan for us all… and posterity (he also ripped Michael Shrieve’s very rare, In Suspect Terrain for us). Saw a DVD with Alfonia Tims at Amazon, HERE. No clue what all that’s about.


A
Poppa Got Bagged (4:03)
Red Sex Dress (5:03)
1984 Where Are You? (5:51)
Funk Wave (8:53)


B
Live Afrika
(6:36)
You Only Believe (5:42)
Bustin‘ Miles (5:13)
Alfonia? Alfonia! (5:35)


11 Comments

  • 1
    Capt. Willard
    November 2, 2010 - 18:47 | Permalink

    Get it HERE.

  • 2
    Dan Burke
    February 25, 2012 - 18:50 | Permalink

    Hey Captain,

    I just finished burning, normalizing and cleaning up digital recordings of all the tracks from my original cassette copy of Alfonia’s only release. I bought this cassette new in NYC in the early 80’s and only played it a few times. It sounds pretty great. I am giving copies to a bunch of deejay friends. Thought you’d like to know that it is out there.
    Dan

  • 3
    Willard
    February 25, 2012 - 19:37 | Permalink

    Sure… where?

  • 4
    George Turner
    May 15, 2012 - 17:38 | Permalink

    Hey Y’all,
    Alfonso was a close friend of my mothers. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid, rocking out to his cassette.

    I just sent out a new tape that I bought from ROIR a couple years ago (still in plastic wrap) to Digital Pickle out of California who just digitized it and sent me some great MP3’s. Let me know if your interested.

    Spread the music!

    -George Turner

  • 5
    Willard
    May 15, 2012 - 20:38 | Permalink

    VERY much George. Thanks for the offer. Email me direct from the “contact” link in the upper right text.

  • 6
    jose
    June 23, 2013 - 10:41 | Permalink

    thanks a lot!

  • 7
    Mappy
    August 30, 2013 - 08:45 | Permalink

    Thanks as always for the incredible music, Willard. Somehow missed this one the first time. Downloaded the file, but couldn’t open the zip. Any chance of re-upping it? Thanks again!

    • 8
      Mappy
      August 30, 2013 - 10:13 | Permalink

      Never mind — tried another program and it worked. Thanks again! M

  • 9
    Stratis
    January 12, 2014 - 14:30 | Permalink

    Thanks very much for sharing!

  • 10
    Sector C
    March 4, 2014 - 18:52 | Permalink

    Thanks for the critical info on these folks–doing some research on arts and music in the Bronx in the early ’80s and came across a flyer advertising Timms and the Flying Tigers playing the opening night concert for Fashion Moda’s groundbreaking graffiti exhibition, “Graffiti Art Success for America” on October 18th, 1980.
    Other bands on the bill were the “Y Pants,” all-female No Wave, and “Rico and the Jazz Masters,” who I haven’t found anything else out about (yet).
    DJ’s were Dan Graham and DJ Hip-Hop.

    Would love to have the rest of this album, if someone would care to share it with me or if you’d re-post. Thanks again!

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