Electro-funk was initially an "urban" experience, relegated to the R&B charts. But in the mid-'80s, the synthesizer-driven sound crossed over to the mainstream, delivering hits for Cameo, Midnight Star, and, of course, Prince. Soon, synths were everywhere, driving smashes by the likes of pop singer Cyndi Lauper, heavy metalers Van Halen, and heartland rocker Bob Seger. Naturally, the backlash soon hit, with underground musicians decrying the false, slick commercial sound of the instrument. Eventually, though, whatever's old becomes new again, and electro-funk is back in a big way. The purest purveyor of the... More >>>