Rick Bryant and The Jive Bombers were co-founded in 1983 by Kiwi soul man Bryant and ex Top Scientist (and Rip It Up co-creator) Alistair Dougal. The Bombers played a mix of originals and classic funk and soul covers, becoming pub favourites as big bands flared briefly in the mid 80s. Album When I'm With You (1984) mixed studio and live songs, and spawned single 'When I'm With You'/'Got To Have It'. Reuniting in the 90s, the band have since released two more albums, still going hard on the horns 30 years on.
The sweat is dripping and the horns aren’t holding back in this characteristically fervent Jive Bombers rendition of James Brown’s 1979 R&B classic ‘It’s Too Funky in Here'. Kiwi soulman Rick Bryant belts out the instruction — “say it again” — to a willing audience at Auckland’s (now demolished) Mainstreet cabaret on Queen Street, and the band follow suit. The trumpeter has sunnies on, and choreographed stage moves signal The Jive Bombers' intent to bring the funk. The band flared briefly but brightly on the mid-80s pub circuit. The song is from 1984 album When I’m With You.