John Mulkerin
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John Mulkerin

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Band Jazz Funk


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"Washington Post gig pick 1994"

Everybody's been waiting for a new hard-hop or urban rap-rock fusion, and Liquid Hips, a Defunkt offshoot fronted by cult hereo John Mulkerin, may be it: rude, literate, metal bottomed and large-C Constitutionally enraged.
Judge for yourself at a no-risk freebie at 15 Mins.
Eve Zibart - Washington Post

"Melody Maker Excerpt July '82"

following is an excerpt from a review of Defunkt live in London:

"...Defunkt are all highly accomplished musicians, be it Kim Clarke's finger popping bass or the startling trumpet playing of John Mulkerin, and their sound is expansive and impressive. If they play funk for Joe they can just as soon turn their hands to R&B, jazz, even a touch of Flamenco guitar..."

- Melody Maker


New tune "Phaseout" (from upcoming album) available for free download on
Single: "Once Again" available on itunes and all major distributors.
With Liquid Hips:
"Rageaholic" 1996 Enemy
"Static" 1994 Enemy
"Fool Injection" 1993 Enemy
"This is The Funk" (Emergency Records compilation) 1986
With Defunkt:
"Crisis" 1992 Enemy Records
"Live at The Knitting Factory" 1991 Enemy/Knitting Factory Works
"Heroes" 1990 DIW
"In America" 1987 Antilles/Island Records
1987 Avoid The Funk (anthology) Hannibal Records/Rycodisc
"This Is The Funk" 1986 (compilation) Emergency Records
"Thermonuclear Sweat" 1982 Hannibal
CURTIS MAYFIELD/ Eric Kupper Remix
Mayfield: Remixed - The Curtis Mayfield Collection Rhino Records
With Barry Kingston and the Screaming Souls:
"Shaking From The Trees" 1999 J-Bird Records
With Pee-Wee Ellis Band:
"New York Funk" (compilation) 1994 Gramavision
With Sample This:
"Sample This" 1993 Electra
With James White (a/k/a James Chance):
"Sax Maniac" 1982 Animal
With Murphy's Law:
"Back With A Bong" 1989 Profile Records
With Luther Thomas:
"'Yo Mama" 1981 Moers Music
With Konk:
"Machine" 1988 4th and Broadway
"Konk Blast" Dog Brothers



John Mulkerin is a veteran of the classic downtown NYC music scene, having performed, toured and recorded with such bands as Defunkt, Liquid Hips, Konk, James Chance and the Contortions, Murphy's Law, Pee Wee Ellis, and others, in clubs like A7, CBGB, Danceteria, Squat Theater, Peppermint Lounge, The Ritz, Knitting Factory, Pyramid, Mudd Club, Lone Star Cafe, The Savoy, etc. He is best known as a long time member of Joseph Bowie's groundbreaking and influential band Defunkt, which was an early influence on bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, and Living Color. John toured with Defunkt throughout the '80s and early '90s performing on major international festivals such as North Sea Jazz Festival, Roskilde, Parkpop, Berlin Jazz Festival, Rome Jazz Festival, Paris Jazz Festival, and many others, as well as opening shows for Prince, The Talking Heads, The Clash and others. He also fronted the crossover funk/punk/rap group Liquid Hips, which released three critically acclaimed albums on Enemy Records and opened shows for Public Enemy, Ice-T and The P-Funk All stars. John's musical influences include: John Coltrane, James Brown, Ornette Coleman, P-Funk, Captain Beefheart, Public Enemy, Bob Dylan, Sly Stone, etc.
His newest Song "Phaseout" is a finalist in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition.