Joe Walsh in 20 years, ‘Analog Man,’ will feature the track ‘Funk 50.’ The album will be released on June 5th and includes the track that comes in at just a shade under the two minutes, the recognizable guitar rocker bares more than just a passing resemblance to its famous cousin, ‘Funk #49’ by the James Gang, as you can hear in the clip below.
Walsh said about ‘Funk #50,’ “Well, this is a good one. ESPN called me at the beginning of football season — Chris Berman and those guys, they have ‘Sunday Morning NFL Countdown,’ where they analyze the games and they predict who is going to win and all of that stuff. They said ‘we love ‘Funk 49’ and we need some music for the show this season, so can you make it something like ‘Funk 49,’ but not ‘Funk 49’!” [They wanted something] just about a minute long for the ins and outs of the show.”
‘Funk 50’ has been featured on ESPN all of the last football season, but Walsh wanted to expand the audience for the song, so he’s decided to put it on the new album. “I thought ‘wow, that came out really good,’ I should write a couple of verses and make it a little longer and put on the album.’ So that’s what I did. It’s still pretty short, but I just thought that was too good of an idea to leave at a minute. They wanted “not Funk #49,” so I thought well, we’ll just call it ‘Funk 50’ and throw it out there!”