I love The Time. Morris Day, Jerome Benton, and crew have been sorely missed on the music entertainment scene in my opinion.
I also love a genre known as jump blues. Thanks to DJ Pete of the local radio show, Nashville Jumps, I know this music that was so popular in the '40s. It's blues minus the guitars and plus the horns. It's fun and fast and just a bit dirty. Innuendos are sung with gusto ("Keep on churnin', 'til the butter comes") and the bands play like they are on fire.
I saw one preview for Idlewild a few nights ago and it looked like a good mix of what The Time was doing in the '80s and what jump blues was in the '40s. The movie features Outkast's Antwan A. Patton aka "Big Boi" and Andre Benjamin and follows them through a fun and wild ride through the 1930s South. From some early reviews, I gather that the storyline is a bit weak but the musical numbers (of which there are many) are outstanding. Also in the movie are acting phenoms Terrence Howard and Ving Rhames. Good enough for me.
I just found the soundtrack online and am listening to it now. No, not listening - grooving. I'm only four songs in and it rivals some of Prince's best stuff. Funky.
[I'm a nerd. I'm playing the soundtrack to Idlewild and sorting through my Webshots pics online while chatting with a friend. About twenty minutes into my idle surfing, I think to myself, "This music is really cool. They should make a play or a movie out of it." Oh, yeah. They did already. Sigh.]