Bootsy Collins is in town for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction, and given the chance, I couldn't pass on the opportunity to ask one of the funkiest of the funkiest about the songs he's written for the Bengals and the Cavs.
Remember "Get Pumped"? How could you not. Great energy. Listen here again if you've forgotten.
Bootsy grew up in Cincinnati, so he's an Ohio boy at heart. He had the Cincinnati Royals for most of his childhood, but now, of course, he's fully behind the only NBA action in the Buckeye State.
On LeBron: "I've gotten a lot of good feedback for 'Get Pumped.' Since we Ohioans, we felt like we had to do it. I actually met LeBron about four or five years ago. We did a commercial for Nike, and I did the music. It was called 'The Book of Dimes.' That's when I fert met him. He's such a nice cat. Back then, they all had such high hopes, but I don't think they could have guessed where he's at today. I'm just like, I met that cat when he first came on the scene."
On the Cavs destiny this year: "I just wish LeBron had a little more help, but I think, overall, I think we got a team. They play together, and I'm just gonna say they're gonna go all the way, because that's what I want."
On the Bengals: "They're kind of bungled. It's kind of sad, that whole thing."
Right around the time Bootsy's Cavs song came out, Buckethead was releasing a pair of LeBron songs as well. Yes, put those two next to each other and it's amazing to think they're both huge Cavs fans and wrote songs about it. Bootsy actually produced Buckethead's first album, so naturally I wanted to know if a collaboration could be in the works, say, if the Cavs give them reason to write another song?
Bootsy's reply: "That would be the way to go. It'd be easy to do. He's a great cat. He come out in the woods, and run through the woods, and freak out and look for the chainsaw massacre."
Seriously, I have little idea what that meant, but Bootsy was enthused about it and couldn't stop glowing about Buckethead's skills on the guitar.
I think "running around in the woods" is code for "writing the best Cavs song ever."
(The full interview will appear next week on FirstCuts, one of Sporting News' blogs.)