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A transplanted Ohio funk band that rose to fame on the Los Angeles-based Solar Records, Lakeside is best known for early 80s hits "Fantastic Voyage" and "Raid."  The band was formed around the vocal talents of Mark Wood, Otis Stokes, Tiemeyer McCain and Thomas Shelby with Steve Shockley (guitar), Fred Alexander (drums), Norman Beavers (keyboards), Fred Lewis (percussion) and Marvin Craig (bass).   Relocating from the midwest to be closer to the music industry, they signed a deal with Solar while the label was in its fledgling state, serving as the token funk band on a roster dominated by disco-soul singers.  Indeed, Lakeside was the only self-contained act on the label and they served as the house band, playing on sides by Shalamar, Carrie Lucas and Dynasty.  The grooving "All The Way Live" was Solar's first big hit in 1978.  "Fantastic Voyage" was their most popular release, an inspired piece of work that was revived when Coolio sampled it to great success.   1983's Untouchables album raised their profile after a couple of lean years, thanks to the monster funk of "Raid" and a revamped image that had the band posing as 1930s-styled gangsters.  Today they can be found on funk revival tours with fellow oldies acts Con Funk Shun and the Gap Band.

Lakeside's Deepest Grooves

Shot of Love (Solar, 1978)

Rough Riders (Solar, 1979)

Fantastic Voyage (Solar, 1980)

Your Wish Is My Command (Solar, 1981)

Untouchables (Solar, 1983)

Galactic Grooves: Best of Lakeside (Right Stuff, 1998)

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