Classics: Zapp – More Bounce To The Ounce (Warner Bros.)
‘More Bounce To The Ounce’ stands as an electronic ode to those freakin’ times one would get at the time in the clubs. But also like a derivation of P-Funk which is hardly surprising. This considering the contribution of Bootsy Collins who co-produced it.
As a matter of fact, ‘More Bounce To The Ounce’ happened to be quite avant-gardist for the time being. This being for much on the influence it had on the G-Funk. This with peeps such as Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Tupac. Not to mention Ice Cube who eventually admitted that ‘More Bounce To The Ounce’ introduced him to Hip-Hop.
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One would mostly remember the brothers Troutman (Zapp, Larry, Roger, Lester and Terry) for their contribution as Zapp. A band which also featured Eddie Barber, Jannetta Boyce and Jerome Derrickson. Not to mention Sherman Fleetwood, Bobby Glover and Gregory Jackson.
Hailing from Dayton, OH, the Troutman family had long standing friendship with the brothers Collins. In other words William Earl (Bootsy) and Phelps (Catfish). Themselves involved with Parliament/Funkadelic since the early 70’s.
Attending one of their performances with his brother, Bootsy was so impressed that he invited Roger to the United Sound Studios in Detroit, MI. There Roger recorded the demo of ‘More Bounce To The Ounce’. Then George Clinton (the leader of Funkadelic) suggested him to submit it to Warner who signed Zapp. This being how the band’s eponymous debut-album hit the streets during the Summer of 1980.
Tensions started to rise between Roger and Clinton soon after though. This in regards to Troutman‘s solo album, ‘The Many Facets of Roger’. An effort which Clinton had primarily funded through CBS, and was due to see the light on his own Uncle Jam Records imprint.
Around that time, Warner dropped Clinton from their label, even though they released Funkadelic‘s 13th album, ‘The Electric Spanking Of War Babies’. An effort which Troutman had worked briefly on. They then offered him more money for the demo recordings of his album, releasing it in August 1981. Thus marking the definitive end of the partnership between Troutman and Clinton.
‘Zapp II’, Zapp‘s second album, came up back in October 1982. Itself containing a greater use of the talk-box that stands as Troutman‘s trademark. With ‘Dancefloor (Part I)’, its leading single toppin’ the R&B charts.
Strangely enough, Zapp‘s music progressively came to lose its impact along with time. With Roger focusing more and more on his solo career. Thus totalizing an impressive series of hot gems under his own banner. From his cover version of Marvin Gaye‘s ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ backed with ‘So Ruff, So Tuff’. To the lascivious ‘I Want To Be Your Man’. This in addition to the blowin’ ‘Boom! There She Was’ along with Scritti Politti. Not to mention his contribution to 2Pac featuring Dr Dre‘s ‘California Love’ among others.
On the morning of Apr. 25, 1999, Troutman was found shot and critically wounded outside his northwest Dayton recording studio around 07:00am. According to doctors, he had been suffering several times in the torso before dying during surgery at the Good Samaritan Hospital and Health Center. Meanwhile his brother Larry was found dead in a car a few blocks away with a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
It would appear that Larry killed Roger before committing suicide. Larry being angry because of the lack of consultation Roger had given as to the reasons why he fired him from being his manager.