The funk is its own reward, we hear in the trailer for Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus season 2, which premieres on Showtime on November 2. The guy that brought us Beavis and Butt-Head is giving viewers the chance to dance their way out of their constrictions and prove we are one nation under a groove. The trailer promises the series will change genres, and offers up a little Rick James “Mary Jane” warnings to the mass transit appeal. It appears Arkansas was very serious about keeping heads straight.
After following country music’s true outlaws in its debut, Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus season 2 will slap on the funk. The new season will focus on funk music greats, including James Brown, George Clinton and Bootsy Collins. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Parliament-Funkadelic founder George Clinton will serve as consulting producer.
The animated Cinemax series is dedicated to featuring music’s most eccentric characters, chronicling of legendary music artists’ mythic misdeeds. The series was co-created by Judge Richard Mullins and Dub Cornett. Judge, who also created the cartoon series King of the Hill, made the movies Office Space and Idiocracy, and was nominated for an Emmy for HBO’s Silicon Valley, will narrate.
You can watch the trailer here:
The series marks a return to his roots in animation and as a musician. Tales From The Tour Bus features animated interviews with former bandmates, friends and other erstwhile associates, who “share uncensored anecdotes about these artists, brought to life by animated reenactments, and woven together with live-action archival performance footage and photos.”
A cornerstone figure in funk music, George Clinton went from singing a capella in a barbershop to chasing Motown GLORY in Detroit with his band, The Parliaments. But the introduction of LSD took him to the next level, as he built a funk EMPIRE with outrageous costumes, frequent band-name changes and an occasional bit of nudity. From his first hit, “(I Wanna) Testify,” to the smash anthem “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk),” Clinton forged a lasting sound that went on to fuel a whole new genre: hip-hop.
Written by Mark Monroe and Mike Judge; directed by Mike Judge. Episode #9: “George Clinton” debuts Friday, Nov. 2 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)
Rick James Pt. 1
The self-proclaimed “King of Punk Funk,” Rick James came from humble beginnings in Buffalo before hooking up with Neil Young while dodging THE DRAFT in Canada. With a penchant for pyrotechnics, glitter, custom boots and marijuana, his quest to become a black rock star reached its apex when a throwaway song, “Super Freak,” topped the charts and gave him the fame he’d dreamed of.
Written by Mark Monroe and Mike Judge; directed by Mike Judge. Episode #10: “Rick James Pt. 1” debuts Friday, Nov. 9 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)
Rick James Pt. 2
In the mid-’80s, funk star Rick James was riding high on top of the music world. But between his rivalry with Prince, crusade against MTV and run-ins with the law, he fell further UNDER THE INFLUENCE of cocaine. Even a shot at a comeback, when M.C. Hammer sampled his greatest hit, couldn’t pull James back from the brink.
Written by Mark Monroe and Mike Judge; directed by Mike Judge. Episode #11: “Rick James Pt. 2” debuts Friday, Nov. 16 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)
Tales From The Tour Bus debuted on Cinemax in September 2017. The series “recounts the raucous adventures of these musicians, as told by those who knew them best.” The first season spotlighted notorious country music legends, including Johnny Paycheck, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Billy Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings and Blaze Foley.
Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus season 2 will be executive produced by Glen Zipper and Sean Stuart. The series will add writer Mark Monroe as co-executive producer and screenwriter-producer and veteran music journalist Nelson George (Finding The Funk, HBO’s Life Support), as consulting producer. The series is executive produced by Mike Judge, Glen Zipper and Sean Stuart. John Frizzell is the composer.
Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus season 2 premieres November 2 at 10 p.m. on Cinemax.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City’s Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.
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