A few years later they made the funk in their music perfect. The bass-line on Houses In Motion might be a good example for.
In 1980 Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz started with their side project Tom Tom Club to experiment with some different sounds. Rap, Soul and Rock based on a fundament of Funk. Of course not the music of today but in these times this kind of sound was new and we loved every kind of music that we could dance to.
And even the classic song by The Drifters sounded new and fresh these days.