Funk legend Steve Arrington tells the story behind his latest album project "Way Out (80 -84)".
Steve Arrington, 80s hit maker and former front man of funk legends Slave, is back after a 20+ year hiatus from the music business. His collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Dam Funk from 2013, and brand new self-produced material throughout 2014, show that Steve's still got the funk in super human quantities (as they say in Dayton OH, home town of Arrington, Slave, Zapp, The Ohio Players etc etc etc - "there must be something in the water").
Sep 2014 saw the release of "Way Out (80-84)" a retrospective encompassing all of Arrington’s classics—his first solo single, the Slave backed “Summetime Lovin’” / ”Special Effects from Mars,” much sampled hits like “Way Out" and “Weak at the Knees” from his early solo albums (just check the credits on tracks by A Tribe Called Quest, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Pitbull, etc), unreleased songs deemed too progressive by Atlantic Records at the time and five previously unfinished tracks featuring the classic Hall of Fame line up with brand new vocals and finishing touches from his current band.
“At 58, to look back on where I was at 24 or 25 years old, and add where I’m coming from now in finishing those tracks, it was like visiting my younger self,” Arrington says. “To that young cat, it’s like telling him, ‘I’m digging your uniqueness then,’ and to where I am now, telling the older Steve Arrington, ‘Hey man, you’re still doing your thing.’”