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Return of the Funk Guitar: Cory Wong Breaks Down Dua Lipa, Jessie Ware and Nile Rodgers

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Cory Wong is a Minneapolis native and Vulfpeck collaborator known for pushing rhythm guitar from a background instrument to the star of the show. Wong’s a walking encyclopedia of funk guitar, and he takes us through the riffs and styles—from Nile Rodgers to Quincy Jones—that power modern bops such as Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” and Jessie Ware’s “Step Into My Life.”
For Cory, rhythm guitar isn’t just a source of propulsive joy, but a sound that’s intimately connected to different regional scenes: change one note in a riff and you’ve moved from Philadelphia to Cincinatti. Every bubble and chuck speaks to a history of musical innovation - a history Cory mines on his new album-slash-variety show, Cory and the Wongnotes. Mixing comedy sketches, massively funky performances, and interviews, Cory’s project imagines what happens when the bandleader takes over as late night host.
Songs Discussed (it’s a long one)
VULFPECK - Cory Wong
Doja Cat - Say So
Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk (Audio) ft. Bruno Mars
Dua Lipa - Levitating
Chic - Good Times
Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star
Ohio Players - Love Rollercoaster
Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger feat. Christina Aguilera
Morris Day & The Time - The Bird
Bootsy Collins - Stretchin' Out (In a Rubber Band)
Gap Band - I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops Up Side Your Head)
James Payback - The Payback
Sly & The Family Stone - Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
Jessie Ware - Step Into My Life
Chic - Le Freak
David Bowie “Modern Love”
Duran Duran “Notorious”
Diana Ross - I’m Coming Out
The B52’s “Love Shack”
Avicii “Lay Me Down”
Diana Ross - Upside Down
Sister Sledge - We Are Family
Sister Sledge - Thinking Of You
Sister Sledge - He’s The Greatest Dancer
Steve Winwood “Higher Love” chorus
Stevie wonder - Higher Ground
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Daft Punk - Get Lucky (Feat. Pharrell Williams)
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Madonna - Like a Virgin
Eminem - Lose Yourself
Miley Cyrus - Party In The U.S.A
Stevie wonder - Higher Ground
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Daft Punk - Get Lucky (Feat. Pharrell Williams)
David Bowie - Let's Dance
Madonna - Like a Virgin
Eminem - Lose Yourself
Miley Cyrus - Party In The U.S.A
Cory Wong - Tiki Hut Strut

Cory and The Wongnotes - Episode 4, “Genre (ft Grace Kelly)”
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