Bootsy Collins and Buckethead Team Up for Science Faxtion

July 25, 2008 12:38 PM ET

Bootsy Collins' latest project, Science Faxtion, sees the funk great merging his unmistakable bass once again with guitarist Buckethead and drummer Brain — all of whom previously played in Praxis. But for their forthcoming debut on Mascot Records, Living on Another Frequency (which should be dropping sometime in September), their goal is new.

"We wanted to challenge artists and people in the music business," Collins says. "We want to go somewhere where people haven't been yet. It's like taking that first shuttle to Venus — you don't know what that trip is going to be like, you just know you're going. People have taken the experience out of the experience, and we're trying to put that back into music and make it fun."

According to the group's singer-guitarist, Greg Hampton — who also co-wrote and co-produced Alice Cooper's latest LP, Along Came a Spider — Science Faxtion began more straightforward. "It started off that it was going to be a funk record. But we started exploring this concept of the future in 2099, that entails man being melded with computer, and how music will be made." Tracks such as first single "Looking for Eden," "Life is in Deliver," "At Any Cost" and "What It Is" (which features Chuck D), certainly rock hard with an unmistakably futuristic funk sound. "We're going to use technology, before technology uses us," adds Collins. "Because that's where we're headed. We're the Paul Reveres — 'The British are coming, the British are coming! Technology is here!' "

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories


The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

More Song Stories entries »