Funkiest Jam: James Gang "Funk #49"
Joe Walsh gets the rare distinction of being in three commercially successful bands (the James Gang, Barnstorm, and The Eagles) and appearing in the tragically underrated TV show Duckman. How's that for funk?
Walsh was known for hot-wiring the pick-ups on his electric guitars to trump up the attack. That signature sound, and his pure talent, assisted him in being selected 54th on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list. Walsh's largest hit, "Life's Been Good," is one of those songs you know, even if you don't "know" it. It's a humorous deconstruction of what the rock-and-roll lifestyle is... a concept that is eerily similar to the 2013 rap game.
Walsh was also the first person to incorporate a talk box into live performances. Up to that point, talk boxes only had enough volume for studio recordings. Walsh was gifted Peter Drake's talk box, which is how he learned to build his own. He and his buddy Bob Heil were able to build one suitable for live performances. Heil eventually started building and selling commercial talk boxes, and even gave one to Peter Frampton, probably the best-known talk box user.
Who knows? Perhaps without Joe Walsh advancing the technology of the talk box we might not have the "California Love" chorus as we know it today.