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Zapp

One of the most underrated funk groups of the 1980s, Zapp revolutionized the computer pop of electro with their trademark vocoder talk boxes and bumping grooves, emulating the earthier side of Prince and Cameo, with a leader in Roger Troutman who was more than efficient at polished production. The family group, with brothers Roger, Lester, Larry, and Tony Troutman, grew up in Hamilton, OH, influenced by hometown heroes the Ohio Players as well as Parliament and other funk groups. Tony was the first to begin recording, with an obscure single for Gram-O-Phon Records, "I Truly Love You," which scraped the R&B charts in 1976. Joined by his brothers (with Roger on vocals and guitar, Lester on drums, Larry on percussion, and himself contributing bass) and christened Zapp, the group played around the Midwest and gradually picked up backing vocalists (Bobby Glover, Jannetta Boyce), keyboard players (Greg Jackson, Sherman Fleetwood) and a horn section (Eddie Barber, Jerome Derrickson, Mike Warren).

Zapp's following quickly gained notices, and Bootsy Collins himself was hired on to work with the group on their debut album. Released in 1980, Zapp hit the Top 20 on the pop charts, thanks to the single "More Bounce to the Ounce." The following year, Roger worked on Funkadelic's The Electric Spanking of War Babies and released his solo debut album, The Many Facets of Roger. His special cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," complete with vocoderized talk box, pushed the album into gold territory (as Zapp had done). Zapp II appeared in 1982 and proved just as popular as the group's first, including Zapp's only number one R&B single, "Dance Floor."

Zapp III barely made the Top 40 pop charts upon release in 1983, and Roger's second solo album, The Saga Continues, was also a disappointment, though his cover of "Midnight Hour" featured the Mighty Clouds of Joy. The New Zapp IV U fared slightly better after release in late 1985 (thanks to the single "Computer Love"), but in 1987, Roger's third solo album, Unlimited!, featured the group's biggest hit yet, "I Want to Be Your Man," a chart-topper on the R&B lists and a respectable number three pop. Though Roger and/or Zapp hit the R&B charts frequently during the rest of the late '80s, the unit had effectively halted recording with the 1991 Roger LP Bridging the Gap. Roger continued to produce and play with other artists, and it was his talk box that graced Dr. Dre & 2Pac's Top Ten 1996 single "California Love." The 1993 Roger & Zapp collection All the Greatest Hits sold well, earning the collective their first platinum record. The Zapp story ended in tragedy on April 25, 1999, when Roger was shot to death by Larry, who then turned the gun on himself. ~ John Bush
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Track List: Zapp 6 Back By Popular Demand

1. Intro

2. You've Got Mail

3. Say You Will Say You Won't

4. I Wanna Love You

5. She's 'bout To Roll

6. The Discussion (Skit)

7. The Way You Walk & Move

8. If You Would Love Me

9. This Is Our Song To You

10. Be With You Forever

11. Late Night Fantasy

12. Zapp Is Back

13. Get Up Off The Wall

14. I Finally Found What I've Been Searching For

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Track List: Zapp & Roger - All The Greatest Hits

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Track List: The New Zapp lV U

1. It Doesn't Really Matter

2. Computer Love

3. Itchin' For Your Twitchin'

4. Radio People

5. I Only Have Eyes For You

6. Rock 'N' Roll

8. Make Me Feel Good

9. Ja Ready To Rock

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Track List: Zapp II

1. Dance Floor

2. Playin' Kinda Ruff

3. Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)

4. Do You Really Want An Answer?

5. Come On

6. Touch Of Jazz (Playin' Kinda Ruff, Pt. II)

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Track List: Zapp

1. More Bounce To The Ounce

2. Freedom

3. Brand New Player

4. Funky Bounce

5. Be Alright

6. Coming Home

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Charlie Wilson
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Happy birthday Roger Troutman ❤️
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shundamopar7 3
S**T THATZ THAT SATTIDAY CLEAN MUSIC!!! SUNNY SOUTH DALLAS!!!
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One bad a** jam.....y que!
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There goes my BABY
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Favorite forever
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Still bumping this in 2016!!!
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Zapp is the best band ever...��
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marioferr22
So ruff so tuff for most of us doing the most lol dammmmmm
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lizabdiaz
DANCE FLOOR JAMMING THIS SONG
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I wish Pandora would actually play Zapp and Roger on "Zapp and Roger Radio". I hear one Zapp and Roger song per every 10 random artists.
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Now this is music. Not like today's crap
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Yaaassss
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tyanncarter
Never knew what happened to them....resp e c t e d talent
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I love it all
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Commodore computer class
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Can't
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Don't you know?Whydon' t ( c h a ? ) .
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Zapp all-day
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Rodger!..... . . . M u s i c forever after.....as a musician.... . C o u l d end their demise...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Done heard it through the grape vine that Zapps where it at dam bring back that funk. H.M.B.B.
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Do you have......an y . . . D E N E R I O ?
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Love this soooooo much memories of juio
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Say that
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I want to be your man .... Really well you gotta show it so I really kn you want to be my man ;)
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Bouncing from 1 study period class TO
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GOOD NIGHT...,... r e s t well to be BLESSED by prayers of faithful friends,rela t i v e s - g u e s t s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Ask for a COOL ONE!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
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SURVIVING-TO - B E A T - A - H E A T ! ! !
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It's so much powerful music and great groups I am scared my telephone is going to blow up.boom !dam what a collection.o f sounds.dam this is music.did you need a license to put all this Talent together.I an happy I was alive to see and here their music. Bam
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Roger and George Clinton,.. true funk pioneers, these "kids" don't know nothing bout that. Skating rinks, clubs ..basement parties,... no sitting down that night till last call. RIP Roger.
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THIS IS WHEN THE TWO ...."....... . . . . . . . b e c o m e s . @1.....
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I rememba like it wuz yesterday!!! !
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My jam!!!❤️❤️❤️
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XD
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Maloneantoni o 1 2 2 1 you said it right... stand down youngins
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Yes it's all about that cyberspace love...smh lol.
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Awww s**t mane this that pimpin rite here y'all youngins stand down 4 a min let the grown and sexy get it u hear me
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get get get get get get on the dance floor
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Awww man this my JAAAMMM!!!! SO RUFF, SO TUFF, or How to Survive in South Central LA! Lol, hahaha Woo Weee!!!! Classic OLD School JAM!
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Oh my god this is all I listen to forever in a day dollbaby 51
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IS THERE ANY OTHER WAY TO PLAY?????, BUT RUFF, BIT YA GOTTA BE TOUGH:):):): ) : ) HAPPY LISTENING EVERYONE:):) : ) : ) : ) : )
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If you are still sitting down on this one,somethin g is wrong with you.
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Forget about your troubles and get on down--CLASSI C !
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I CAN MAKE YOU DANCE, :):)'):):) I CAN MAKE YOU ????? USE YOUR IMAGINATION :):):):) HAPPY LISTENING EVERYONE:):) : ) : ) : ) : )
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R.I.P Roger
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The best band out there...zapp ! ! ! . . .
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Back in the day!
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