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Bootsy Collins

Biography

Bootsy Collins is among the all-time great funk and R&B bassists, besides being truly a consummate character. Created in Cincinnati, Collins created the Pacesetters through the ’60s, a device that not merely included vocalist Philippe Wynne (later on of Spinners popularity), but additionally George Clinton like a sideman. Collins and Clinton quickly founded a lifelong personal and musical companionship, and Collins and his comrades became area of the JB’s, Wayne Brown’s backing music group, from 1969 to 1971. Collins’ influenced, smart progressions and patterns had been a vital section of such information as “GET RIGHT UP, PERSONALLY I THINK Like Being truly a Sex Machine.” The group became the home Guests after departing the JB’s, until Collins became a member of Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic empire in 1971. He co-wrote “Rip the Roof From the Sucker” with Clinton and Jerome Brailey and founded himself so efficiently that Clinton urged him to create his own music group. Bootsy’s ELASTIC BAND surfaced in 1976, a spirited ensemble that included Collins’ sibling Phelps (“Catfish”), in addition to fellow Wayne Dark brown bandmembers Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker, Joel Johnson, Gary Cooper, Rick Gardner, and Richard Griffiths. (Collins also presented his alter egos “Bootzilla” and “Casper, the Friendly Ghost” within the stage take action.) Their debut LP, Stretchin’ Out in Bootsy’s ELASTIC BAND, and their second discharge, Ahh…The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! equalled anything released during Clinton’s top period for idiomatic variety, clever, bizarre laughter, and outrageous lyrics. Both Ahh… and the 3rd LP, Bootsy? Participant of the entire year, earned gold information and managed to get into the Best 20 over the pop graphs. The one “Bootzilla” was his lone R&B graph topper in 1978, although “The Pinocchio Theory” also produced the very best Ten. Collins documented as both a single musician and with the ELASTIC BAND within the ’80s. He also do some special tasks, like a 1984 cooperation with Jerry Harrison of Speaking Heads — utilizing the name Bonzo Would go to Washington — that created “five minutes (C-C-C-Club Combine),” offering Ronald Reagan declaring nuclear battle on the Soviet Union more than a skittering tempo monitor. In 1988, he came back on Columbia using the properly called What’s Bootsy Doin’? In 1989, Bootsy was an associate from the Bootzilla Orchestra on Malcolm McLaren’s record Waltz Dancing. Twelve months afterwards, he became a highlighted guitarist and bassist using the dance music trio Deee-Lite, agreed upon with 4th and Broadway, and in addition toured Britain with an organization co-led by Parker and Wesley. Bootsy’s New ELASTIC BAND released Blasters from the World in 1994, and Clean Outta ‘P’ School implemented four years afterwards. Numerous Collins concert events and reissues made an appearance because the 21st hundred years opened up, and in 2006, the bassist in fact released a Xmas record, Christmas Is normally 4 Ever, on Shout Information. In 2011, a conceptual record, The Funk Capital of the Globe, landed, offering everyone from Glaciers Cube to Samuel L. Jackson over the guest list.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bootsy Collins
Height 1.89 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Bassist, Music Producer, Songwriter, Film Score Composer
Nationality American
Spouse Patti Collins
Children Bill Jr.
Parents Nettie Collins
Siblings Catfish Collins
Awards Grammy Award for Best Music Video
Music Groups Parliament-Funkadelic, Funkadelic, The J.B.'s, Praxis, Science Faxtion, Hardware, The Pacemakers
Music Songs I'd Rather Be With You, Bootzilla, What's a Telephone Bill?, Munchies for Your Love, Pinocchio Theory, Hollywood Squares, Party on Plastic, Wind Me Up, Can't Stay Away, You Got Me Wide Open, Body Slam, Stretchin' Out, Psychoticbumpschool, F-Encounter, I'm Leavin' U, Do The Freak, Be-With-You, Vanish In Our Sleep, Party Lick-A-Ble's, Groove Eternal, #1 Funkateer, Physical Love, Dance to the Music, Very Yes, Play With Bootsy, Ahh.… The Name Is Bootsy, Baby, Shackler, Landshark, Good-N-Nasty, Rubber Duckie, Jam Fan, May the Force Be With You
Albums Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band, Ahh... The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!, One Nation Under a Groove, Tha Funk Capital of the World, Ultra Wave, Bootsy? Player of the Year, Fresh Outta 'P' University, The One Giveth, the Count Taketh Away, Christmas Is 4 Ever, Play with Bootsy, What's Bootsy Doin'?, Lord of the Harvest, Live in Oklahoma 1976, Live in Louisville 1978, Live in Concert 1998, Cosmic Slop, Back in the Day: The Best of Bootsy, Glory B Da' Funk's on Me!: The Bootsy Collins Anthology, Blasters of the Universe, The-Official-Boot-Legged-Bootsy, World Wide Funk, Fear Da Tiger, This Boot Is Made For Fonk-N, Keepin' dah Funk Alive 4-1995, Do The Freak, Original Album Series
Movies Beowulf: Prince of the Geats


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#Fact
1 Brother of Phelps 'Catfish' Collins.
2 One of the personalities mentioned in the song Genius of Love by 'Tom Tom Club'. The others mentioned were James Brown, Bob Marley, Smokey Robinson, Hamilton Bohannon, Kurtis Blow and Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar (as Sly and Robbie) and Robbie Shakespeare (as Sly and Robbie).
3 In 2005, the Cincinnati native released a rap video called "Fear Da Tiger" with members of the Cincinnati Bengals, and their mascot "Who Dey."
4 Uncle of rapper Snoop Dogg.
5 Bootsy was generally clean cut when playing with The Pacesetters (James Brown's back-up band). Once he teamed up with George Clinton, he slowly started to dress in the wild, colorful outfits and star-shaped sunglasses that we know today.
6 Lives in Cincinnati, Ohio (2004)
7 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 (as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic).
8 Frequently works with George Clinton.
9 Legendary funk bass guitarist and composer.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-2016 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Purge: Election Year 2016 writer: "Title Give Up The Funk Tear the Roof Off" - as William Collins
Mother's Day 2016 writer: "THE HUMPTY DANCE" - as William Collins
Everybody Wants Some!! 2016 writer: "Give Up The Funk Tear The Roof Off The Sucker" - as William Collins
Ash vs Evil Dead 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Straight Outta Compton 2015 writer: "We Want Eazy", "Flash Light", "Mothership Connection Star Child"
Lip Sync Battle 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Glastonbury 2015 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland 2012-2015 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
McFarland, USA 2015 writer: "Flashlight" - as William Collins
Dope 2015 writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William Earl Collins
Fresh Dressed 2015 Documentary writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William Earl Collins
Ray Donovan 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
When the Game Stands Tall 2014 writer: "Flashlight" - as William Collins
Battle of the Year 2013 writer: "Same Song" - as William Collins
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Video Game performer: "I'd Rather Be With You" - as Bootsy's Rubber Band / writer: "Mothership Connection", "Flashlight" - as William Collins
The Heat 2013/I writer: "Flashlight Serafin & Rev Kev Heat Remix"
Love & Air Sex 2013 writer: "Flashlight"
VH1 Divas 2012 2012 TV Movie performer: "Groove Is in the Heart"
The X Factor 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Fantastic Fear of Everything 2012 writer: "Wrong Nigga 2 Fuck Wit" - as Collins
The Block 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Happy Feet Two 2011 writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as W. Collins
Dance Central 2 2011 Video Game writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William Collins
10 Years 2011 writer: "Same Song" - as William Earl Collins
Moneyball 2011 writer: "Give Up The Funk Tear The Roof Off The Sucker" - as William Earl Collins
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2011 performer - 1 episode, 2011
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son 2011 writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as William 'Bootsy' Collins
Late Show with David Letterman 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Green Hornet 2011 writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William "Bootsy" Collins
Glee 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Treme 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
20 to 1 2007-2010 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Unsung 2010 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Australia 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Step Up 2: The Streets 2008 writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William Earl Collins
Meet the Spartans 2008 writer: "Humpty Dance"
Cloverfield 2008 writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker" - as William Earl Collins
Night at the Museum 2006 performer: "Weapon Of Choice" 2000 / writer: "Weapon Of Choice" 2000 - as William Earl Collins
My Super Ex-Girlfriend 2006 performer: "The Joker" - as Bootsie Collins
Click 2006 writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker" 1975 - as William Earl Collins
Everybody Hates Chris 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Akeelah and the Bee 2006 performer: "Effervescent" 1978 / writer: "Effervescent" 1978
Roll Bounce 2005 writer: "Flashlight" - as William Earl Collins
Beauty Shop 2005 writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker" 1976, "I'll Take Your Man" 1986 - as William Earl Collins
Cold Case 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gran Turismo 4 2004 Video Game writer: "Let's Roll"
Kangaroo Jack: G'Day, U.S.A.! 2004 Video writer: "Mama Said Knock You Out" - as William Earl Collins
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Video Game writer: "Guerillas in tha Mist", "Grunt" - as William Earl Collins
The Cookout 2004 writer: "Flashlight" - as William Earl Collins
Saturday Night Live 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Independent Lens 2004 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Woodsman 2004 writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker" 1975 - as William Earl Collins
Love Don't Cost a Thing 2003 writer: "The Humpty Dance" - as William Earl Collins
True Crime: Streets of LA 2003 Video Game writer: "Flashlight" - as W. Collins
A Man Apart 2003 performer: "I'm Tired of Good, I'm Trying Bad" / writer: "I'm Tired of Good, I'm Trying Bad"
Head of State 2003 writer: "The Humpty Dance"
Tupac: Resurrection 2003 Documentary writer: "Same Song"
Antwone Fisher 2002 writer: "The Humpty Dance" 1990
Undercover Brother 2002 performer: "Too Much Man" - as William "Bootsy" Collins / performer: "Undercova Funk We Got The Funk" / writer: "Give Up The Funk Tear The Roof Off The Sucker" - as William Earl Collins / writer: "Too Much Man", "Undercova Funk We Got The Funk" - as William "Bootsy" Collins
Standing in the Shadows of Motown 2002 Documentary performer: "Do You Love Me", "Cool Jerk"
Joe Somebody 2001 writer: "Weapon of Choice"
How High 2001 writer: "Flashlight"
Piñero 2001 writer: "Bop Gun Endangered Species" - as William Earl Collins
Baby Boy 2001 performer: "I'd Rather Be with You" / writer: "I'd Rather Be with You"
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2001 "Illuminati"
Charlie's Angels 2000 writer: "The Humpty Dance"
The Ladies Man 2000 writer: "Up for the Down Stroke" - as William "Bootsy" Collins
Honest 2000 performer: "Ain't No Stopping", "You're All I Need to Get By"
Romeo Must Die 2000 writer: "Come Back in One Piece"
Love & Basketball 2000 writer: "Doowutchyalike" - as William "Bootsy" Collins
The Crow: Salvation 2000 writer: "Bad Brother" - as William Bootsy Collins
In Too Deep 1999 writer: "Tear It Off" - as Bootsie Collins
Muppets from Space 1999 writer: "Flashlight"
Les parasites 1999 performer: "PARTY LICK A BLE'S"
How Stella Got Her Groove Back 1998 writer: "Flash Light" - as William Collins
Can't Hardly Wait 1998 writer: "Flashlight"
Slums of Beverly Hills 1998 writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker" - as William 'Bootsy' Collins
Ride 1998 writer: "Let Me Ride" - as William "Bootsy"
Bulletproof 1996 writer: "Where I'm From Don't Fight The Clean Mix II" - as William 'Bootsey' Collins
Venin mortel 1996 Short writer: "BLAST/WAR MACHINE DUB"
Original Gangstas 1996 as B. Collins, "How Does It Feel" / writer: "How Does It Feel" - as B. Collins
The Last Word 1995 performer: "J.R. Just Right" / writer: "J.R. Just Right"
Dangerous Minds 1995 writer: "CURIOSITY", "FOUR PLAY" SAMPLE
Casper 1995 writer: "Same Song" - as William Earl 'Boots' Collins
Friday 1995 performer: "You Got Me Wide Open" / writer: "You Got Me Wide Open" - as B. Collins
New Jersey Drive 1995 writer: "Flip Squad's In Da House" - as B. Collins
Murder Was the Case: The Movie 1995 Video short writer: "Who Am I What's My Name"
PCU 1994 writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker"
House Party 3 1994 performer: "Ah...The Name Is Bootsy Baby" / writer: "Ah...The Name Is Bootsy Baby"
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1993 writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker"
Freaked 1993 writer: "Hideous Mutant Freekz"
Nothing But Trouble 1991 writer: "Same Song"
Midnight Caller 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Collision Course 1989 performer: "ELECTRO-CUTIE SHOCK IT TO ME" / producer: "ELECTRO-CUTIE SHOCK IT TO ME" / writer: "ELECTRO-CUTIE SHOCK IT TO ME"
The Night Before 1988 writer: "Way Over There", "Honk It", "Baby Boy" - as William Collins
Bad Boys 1983 writer: "Get Dressed"
Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight 1975 writer: "Give Up the Funk Tear the Roof Off the Sucker"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Superbad 2007 musician: bass, vocals
Loonatics Unleashed 2006-2007 TV Series composer - 11 episodes
Honest 2000 musician: drums

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Madea's Tough Love 2015 Homeless Man (voice)
Joy 2009/II Store Announcer
Loonatics Unleashed 2007 TV Series Boötes Belinda
Urban Ground Squirrels 2002 Bootsy
Love Hurts 2002 Casper
The Artist's Journey: Funk Blast 2000 Himself
Honest 2000 Band #2 Inside Tripps Festival
Deee-Lite: Groove Is in the Heart 1990 Video short
The Night Before 1988 Rat's Nest Band

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Funk Wars 2007 Short
Beowulf: Prince of the Geats 2007
Let Us Be Tomaotes 2006 Video short

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Finding the Funk 2013 Documentary archival photographs

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The N.W.A. Legacy: The Video Collection 2002 Video Himself (segment "We Want Eazy")
ESPY Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Standing in the Shadows of Motown 2002 Documentary Himself
Rising Low 2002 Documentary Himself
The 44th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Access Granted 2001 TV Series Himself
MTV Video Music Awards 1991 1991 TV Special Himself
The Full Moon Show 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
Juke Box Jury 1990 TV Series Himself - Panellist
Jaco 2015 Documentary Himself
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown 2014 Documentary Himself
Yo Gabba Gabba! 2013 TV Series Himself
Tallica Parking Lot 2013 Short Himself (voice)
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Video Game Himself - Space 103.2 DJ (voice)
K-yotic 2013 Short Himself
Durch die Nacht mit... 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Finding the Funk 2013 Documentary Himself
VH1 Divas 2012 2012 TV Movie Himself
Legends of Bass 2012 Short Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1995-2012 TV Series Himself
Music Nuggets 2012 TV Series Himself
Sample: Not for Sale 2012 Documentary Himself - Interviewee
2011 Soul Train Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2011 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest Musician
Unsung 2009-2011 TV Series documentary Himself
The Mo'Nique Show 2011 TV Series Himself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2011 TV Series Himself
Tavis Smiley 2011 TV Series Himself
Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child 2010 Documentary voice
Freaknik: The Musical 2010 TV Movie Himself (voice)
Nighttown 2009 Himself - interviewee
2009 Soul Train Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
Dinner: Impossible 2009 TV Series Himself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: I'll Take You There 2009 Video Himself
Everybody Hates Chris 2009 TV Series Himself
Mr. Brown 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
BET Hip-Hop Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Sound, Verses, Fury 2007 Documentary Himself
3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2006 TV Movie Himself
Headline Country 2006 TV Series Himself
25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special 2005 TV Special Himself / Performer
E! True Hollywood Story 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Independent Lens 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
4th Annual BET Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
Saturday Night Live 1991-2004 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Dancestar USA 2003 2003 TV Movie Himself
Snoop to the Extreme 2003 TV Movie Himself
Ice Cube: The Videos, Volume 1 2003 Video Himself (segment "Bop Gun [One Nation]")
Cincinnati: Just Around the Corner 2003 Documentary short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unsung 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Song Undercover Brother (2002) · Snoop Dogg (Performer)
· George S. Clinton (Writer)
· Jerome Brailey (Writer)
· Fred Wesley (Performer)


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#Quote
1 It wasn't about black, white, green grass, bluegrass, it was all about music to me. All music had a certain effect on me and I appreciated all of it. Music is all one, not to be separated. It doesn't need a name. The key question is, "How does it make you feel?" Funk is where you don't have nothing and you make something out of nothing. I didn't have a bass, so I made my guitar into a bass. My brother gave me four bass strings, I restrung the guitar and "Ta-dah!" I'm ready to go.
2 [Jimi Hendrix] was my hero--the only artist whose poster I had hung up in my room. To this day he goes with me wherever I go. Even though I had all the respect in the world for James Brown, the push for independence and wanting to be free, to express ourselves on stage and dress differently, was too great. We were supposed to be in suits, shoes, well-groomed, and we wanted to do the wild thing. And we knew we couldn't do the wild thing with James Brown. It was his way or the highway. George [George Clinton] was like, "Whatever you can bring to the party, bring it". I would never have rode in the car with James Brown, with three chicks in the back seat, getting high. Anything and everything was possible with George. That was one extreme to the other. You need both in your life--the key is to combine the two.
3 We have so much more information now you would think we'd be better people, but it's working backwards. That's kind of scary. To experience being lost is much better. That's what I would throw in the mix. It's all right to get lost. We're throwing so much perfection in the game with our computers and smart phones, it's not cool to make a mistake., our self esteem goes down and we never like to hear the word 'no'. But our lives were mistake after mistake and through that we learned how to succeed.

#Trademark
1 Wild, colorful outfits and star-shaped sunglasses
2 Very high-pitched and animated speech style

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