It wasn't always there, the funk influence. It came in gradually. Sometime after punk. Bands were trying new things. Though the funk influence, really blossomed in the eighties (thanks to an exploding "alternative" audience) there were seeds of it way earlier. Black Randy and the Metro Squad (LA), James White and the Blacks (NYC) and Gang of Four (UK) and so on. Check the latter's "Damaged Goods" below. Shit, that's 1978. By 1982 they're getting all kinds of college radio funky ("I Love A Man In Uniform"). The Talking Heads incorporated all sorts of shit, funk, African music and so on, but you knew that. Hell, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, before they sucked, had some funk in them, if only because of Flea's bass playing. "Real Men Don't Kill Coyotes" is from their first LP, produced by, guess who? Andy Gill, from the Gang of Four.
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Gang Of Four - Damaged Goods mp3 at Boebis 1978
Black Randy and the Metro Squad - Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose mp3 at Killed By Death 1979 Go there to get it
Gang Of Four - I Love A Man In A Uniform (streaming) at YouTube 1982
Talking Heads = I Zimbra mp3 at Feel My Bicep 1983
Red Hot Chili Peppers - True Men Don't Kill Coyotes mp3 at ATumblr (?) 1984