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Stonefunkers, the swedish heavyweights of pure and outstanding funk started out their soulful mission in the mid-eighties. The band was started by brothers Emrik and Torsten Larsson. They both spent a year in the USA studying american culture and also picking up on the Soul and funk scene. Emrik went to highschool in Rochester,Ny and soon found out that a lot of the hot bands usually stopped to play in Rochester. During his year he got to see artists ranging from George Clinton with Parliament, D-train, Tyrone Brunson, Slave and Steve Arrington and also witnessed his first hip hop performance by Double Trouble (known through the hip hop movie Wild Style). Torsten went to Minneapolis and soon got into the rockscene but couldnt get away from the powerful funkmovement led by Prince, the Time, André Cymone and others.
Back in Sweden they both felt the urge to start a funkband. Torsten had previously played the bass in various punk/rock nroll bands, and Emrik had done some singing in different choirs and also had a leading part in a musical, but funk was a whole new ballgame. They recruited their old Skateboard-pal Christian on drums, a neighbour on bass, Emriks friend David on moog and prophet synthezisers and Torsten switched to Guitar. Torsten came up with the name during a skatesession, and bam! the Stonefunkers were born. The early Stonefunk sound was guitardriven rockfunk influenced by Hendrix, Rose Royce and Sly Stone.
In 1987 they were considered as one of Göteborgs most energetic and exciting livebands and they recorded their first single Turn it up,released may 1988 on small indie label Radium..The single received much critical acclaim and really started the swedish dance explosion.The second single In control filled all the swedish dancefloors and Stonefunkers went on their first national tour. In the fall of 1989 they started to work on their first fulllength album,Hard as kryptonite, with producer Christian Falcon Falk (Later known for his work with Neneh Cherry,Blacknuss allstars and Robyn). The album featured Rapper/toaster Papa dee and the hip hop influences were more imminent than on the two previous singles.Stonefunkers were also inspired by the go-go sound of Washington d. c.(groups like Trouble Funk and E. U.) and recruited longtime friend and percussionplayer Jean-Louis Huhta. At this time around 89 and the beginning of 1990 the Stonefunksound started to form.. Go-go beats, drums and percussion formed the backbone. Davids moog drove the music forward with thick and heavy basslines, and Torstens chopping guitar along with vocalchants perfected the picture.The Stonefunkers toured around Sweden and also made occasional trips to Denmark and Norway. Stonefunkers lineup 1989: vocals-EmrikM-rock Larsson,guitar- Torstentopsteen Larsson, Moog,prophet David Davono Selvert,Drums Christian cheeze Ekerfors,Percussion Jean-Louis Huhta, Rap,vocals Daniel Papa dee Wahlgren and bass-guitar Magnus Conan Corneliusson.