Black Nasty

Black Nasty

Funk rock band, formed in 1972 Detroit, MI, U.S.

Black Nasty's mentor was Johnnie Mae Matthews, a singer who owned several independent Detroit R&B labels, who encouraged her drummer son Artwell Matthews when he formed a band in the mid-'60s with his cousin, bassist Mark Patterson, and friends. Originally called Raw Integrated Funk, there were prominent rock elements at the outset (Ted Nugentwas an early member), but under the influence of Johnnie Mae Matthews, they broadened their style to include more R&B.

After putting out a cover of the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hanging On" on Tank Records (5), they were signed to Stax subsidiary Enterprise, for which they recorded three singles and an album between 1971 and 1974. The Stax sessions (all of the singles also appeared on the album) were produced by Johnnie Mae and Sir Mack Rice, the Detroit soul singer. Rice had recommended Black Nasty to Stax after starting work at the label as a songwriter. The album was a mix of funk with hard rock guitar, soul ballads on which Johnnie Mae's teenage daughter Audrey Matthews took lead, and some socially conscious compositions that reflected black urban life of the early '70s.

After the album made little impact, Stax dropped Black Nasty, which changed their name to Nazty and recorded a couple of singles for Mankind (2). After some personnel changes, the group became ADC Band, getting an R&B Top Ten hit with "Long Stroke" in 1978 and recording as late as the mid-'80s.


Black Nasty Discography Tracks


Black Nasty Talking To The People (Album) Enterprise US 1973 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Black Nasty Black Nasty Boogie (Part 6) (Single) Enterprise US 1971 Sell This Version
Black Nasty Gettin' Funky Round Here / Rushing Sea (Single) Enterprise US 1972 Sell This Version
ENA-9098 Black Nasty Talking To The People / I Must Be In Love(7", Single) Enterprise ENA-9098 US 1973 Sell This Version
Black Nasty Featuring Herbie Thompson Black Nasty Featuring Herbie Thompson - Cut Your Motor Off / Keep On Stepping (Single) Big Hit Records US 1976 Sell This Version
TC 0125 The Black Nasty* Party On 4th St.(7", Single) Big Hit Records TC 0125 US 1976 Sell This Version
Sundae Soul 003 Idris Muhammad / Black Nasty Idris Muhammad / Black Nasty - I'm A Believer / I Have No Choice(7", RE) Sundae Soul Recordings Sundae Soul 003 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
503 Black Nasty Hip Drop / Mama Didn't Lie(7", Single) Tank Records (5) 503 Unknown Sell This Version
TY 002 Black Nasty You Keep Me Hanging On(7") Tank Records (5) TY 002 US Unknown Sell This Version
TY 123 Black Nasty & Lynn Day Black Nasty & Lynn Day - Sweet To The Bone / Stop Pussyfootin' Around(7") Big Hit Records TY 123 US Unknown Sell This Version


DEL LP 0076 Black Nasty / A.D.C Band* Black Nasty / A.D.C Band* - It's Hard Times - Rare And Unreleased Detroit Funk 1975 To 1981(LP, Comp) Funky Delicacies DEL LP 0076 US 2005 Sell This Version

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