Parliafunkadelicment Thangday! (Come Rescue Me Mothership!)

My friends, in honor of a pill popper, who must have forgotten to medicate today as seen by her entirely unconnected from any degree of reality quote:

Obama “waged the dirtiest campaign in American history”.

Here is Parliament’s “Funkentelechy”.

When you’re taking every kind of pill
(You deserve a break today)
Nothing seems to ever cure your ill
(Have it your way)

Chock full of puns, twisted pop culture, whimsy, spectacular vocal work and a groove of extreme proportions, “Funkentelechy” is an impressive piece of philosophy entwined with the groove to carry the message through the body and into the mind. An impressive horn corps blow, Bootsy lays down an increasingly fluid, funky bass line, Bernie is present and dope, but reserved.  Jerome Bailey breaks his P-Funk cherry laying down an impressive drum part.

“Every Booty (Get On Down)” is a Parliament cut from 1979 that appeared on George Clinton’s Family Series Volume 2 – “P” is the Funk.  Bootsy’s bass is Nasty! It must be heard.  The guitars create a thick funk capable of bypassing even the most clogged of ears.  The horns are also nice. Maceo Parker makes allegedly makes an appearance on clavinet and organ.  Make no mistake though, this song is all about the guitar, rare for a later period Parliament track.

“P” is the Funk also features another solid 1979 Parliament effort titled, “Does Disc With Dat (Simon Says).”  A party dance track, featuring Dennis Chambers on drums, Donnie Sterling on bass, Bernie on clavinet, Gordon Carlton on guitar?, plus the Horny Horns and Parlet and the Brides of Funkenstein on backing vocals, showing the newcomers can get down and funky as well.

“(Gloryhallastoopid) Pin The Tail On The Funky,” credited to George and Bootsy, is one of the strongest cuts on the otherwise weaker Parliament album.  Parliament had been pumping out albums, as had many other Parliafunkadelicment Thang projects, so a decline was inevitable.  Still there are some bomb tracks on Gloryhallastoopid (Or Pin The Tail On The Funky), including the title track.  This album was heavily sampled by Del the Funkee Homosapien for his I Wish My Brother George Was Here.

Space bass is present, Bernie is on the keys, including some synth bass, and hands are clapped.  Del  utilized this track for “Mistadobalina.”

“Theme From the Black Hole” has monstrous bass synth, stellar vocals, a nice tambourine shake, and an appearance by Sir Nose.  Digital Underground’s “Same Song” sampled this track, as does Del’s “Tales of the Funky.”

Guitars have a prominent role in “Colour Me Funky,” making it a rarity on the disco leaning album.  George is defending the P-Funk sound to the critics suggesting the Funk was being cut by disco.  Bringing back some dirty guitars certainly helps his argument that nothing has changed.  Del also utilized this track.

You have the freedom to be funky!

“Moonshine Heather” off 1970’s Osmium was released under the Parliament name, but is from the time period when Parliament were the singers and Funkadelic was the band forming a cohesive group.  It was not until a little later where Funkadelic and Parliament meant different aspects of the Parliafunkadelicment Thang.  “Moonshine Heather” sounds much rawer than the polished sound of later Parliament.  George carries the lead vocal, while a twangy guitar fits the story of a woman supporting her children by selling moonshine.  George came from a small appalachian North Carolina town, which is where the inspiration for this song most likely came from.

“I’ve Been Watchin’ You” from 1976’s The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein contrasts sharply to “Moonshine Heather.”  Glenn Goins supplies the lead vocals, which carry the song along with  Jerome Bailey’s drums.  The Horny Horns have the appropriate tone to their horns and Bernie’s keys progressively flush out the sound. The background singers contributions add to the mood and layering of the song.

“If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system, there would be a revolution before morning.”


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