Happy Parliafunkadelicment Thangday (Standing on the Verge of Getting It On)


Happy Parliafunkadelicment Thangday! The world keeps on turning as economies keep on burning. Iceland’s government became the first government to declare bankruptcy after recently being the economic envy of the world. This is only the beginning of the fall that will hopefully see mankind renewed and freed from the oppressive, degrading shackles of the “free market” and the unfettered salacious rapacity. Funkadelic’s Standing on the Verge of Getting It On is a perfect album for these times of change. Better know how to surf or suffer.


There is nothing harder to stop than an idea whose time has come to pass

Standing on the Verge of Getting It On was released in 1974 under the Funkadelic moniker, and for a good reason. Funkadelic peddled the heavy heroin sound. Well, Standing on the Verge of Getting It On is a guitar-powered record. Eddie Hazel co-wrote every song on the album under the alias of Grace Cook, his mother’s name. Thus, Standing on the Verge has a funk-rock sound with a little bit of soul mixed in. As important as Eddie was to the guitar sound, the polyester soul-powered token white devil, Ron Bykowski, and Gary Shider strummed some strings as well.

The three guitar players were only a few of the many musicians to contribute to this album while simultaneously working on the Parliament’s Up for the Downstroke (1974). The core Funkadelic band of Bernie (keys), Boogie (bass), and Tiki (drms) were joined with by the Parliaments. A few other musicians, including long-time funkateer Ty Lampkin, also contributed.

Opening with a rock’n’roll funk blast “Red Hot Mama” Eddie Hazel (ld gtr), doubling as a vocalist, and the Polack (rhy gtr), hold down the guitar duties. An update on an old Parliaments’ song, “Red Hot Mama” is thoroughly unwashed funkadelica. Beginning with a double soliloquy, which echoes the theme of “Maggot Brain”, “Red Hot Mama” is smoking. “Maggot Brain” is much more solemn in comparison to “Red Hot Mama”. Eddie combusts over a throbbing groove. Sweet funky produce!



“Alice In My Fantasies ” is insane featuring a monstrous, melted guitar and George rambling some mad, funky lyrics, including a reference to Frank Zappa’s “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow.” His vocals are mixed to the outer limits of the mix. “Alice” is first and foremost about the dirty, heavy guitar sonics P-Funk was capable of unleashing.

“I’ll Stay” is another remake of an old Parliament song, titled “‘I’ll Wait.” Much slower and gentler than the first two songs, “‘I’ll Stay” is a welcome respite. The wailing guitar is down in the mix, allowing the slinky slow groove and great singing to rise above the psychedelic opaqueness, which is still present but mostly lurks underneath. Bernie’s piano is delicate and tasty.

Smoother, and with a bit more soul and less histrionics, “Sexy Ways” is nonetheless driven by guitar. Gary Shider is the lead vocalist. I find myself longing for the guitar fireworks, which still rear up occasionally.

“Standing On the Verge of Getting It On” is rifunkulous. The Parliaments with Gary Shider’s help handle the vocal duties, while Eddie and Ron bring back the hard rock. A real tight rhythm propels the song pushing the tempo to the max. “Standing On The Verge…” was inspired by audience chants, which filled the venues before and during shows. In an interview in waxpoetics, Bernie said this about “Standing…”:

“During the live shows, this was bad. That guitar is bad. That’s Boogie on bass. Hear the difference? He’s an Air sign. Blly’d be more in the rock, funk, heavy; that heroin tempo. This here is the cocaine tempo. We were doing the coke – Parliament. Funkadelic was more heroin.”

GC gets weird and nasty on “Jimmy’s Got A Little of Bitch in Him,” which has a nice swing to it.

The album finishes with the longest cut on the record, “Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts.” After an extended instrumental, with Eddie soloing, GC gets metafunky expounding ancient wisdom. George read a lot of books and explored a lot of ideas, including Hinduism, and its’ embrace of duality whether in regard to immanence/transcendence or good/evil. Or he was just hipped to the Transcendentalists, who were heavily influenced by the ideas found in Hinduism. “Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts” is deep, so listen closely.


Every thought felt as true
Or allowed to be accepted as true by your conscious mind
Take roots in your subconscious
Blossoms sooner or later into an act
And bears its own fruit
Good thoughts bring forth good fruit
Bullshit thoughts rot your meat
Think right, and you can fly
The kingdom of heaven is within
Free your mind, and your ass will follow

Standing on the Verge of Getting It On is one of Funkadelic’s great albums, containing the fireworks of “Red Hot Mama” and “Standing on the Verge…,” which are potent enough to still be played live. Sonic lunacy is created through the fusion of funk and rock

On a last note, the Democrats’ ability to defeat themselves would be so comical if it wasn’t so disastrous for our present and future. We shall see how low they will go in catering to the battered, bigoted republican minority.


Song Titles & Credits

Red Hot Mama (B Worrell, G Clinton, E Hazel) 4:54
Alice In My Fantasies (G Clinton, Grace Cook) 2:26
I’ll Stay (G Clinton, G Cook) 7:16
Sexy Ways (G Clinton, G Cook) 3:05
Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On (G Clinton, G Cook) 5:07
Jimmy’s Got A Little Bit Of Bitch In Him (G Clinton, G Cook) 2:30
Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts (G Clinton, G Cook) 12:17

Spaced Viking; Keyboards & Vocals: Bernard (Bernie) Worrell
Tenor Vocals, Congas and Suave Personality: Calvin Simon
A Prototype Werewolf; Berserker Octave Vocals: Clarence ‘Fuzzy’ Haskins
World’s Only Black Leprechaun; Bass & Vocals: Cordell ‘Boogie’ Mosson
Maggoteer Lead/Solo Guitar & Vocals: Eddie ‘Smedley Smorganoff’ Hazel
Rhythm/Lead Guitar, Doowop Vocals, Sinister Grin: Gary Shider
Supreme Maggot Minister of Funkadelia; Vocals, Maniac Froth and Spit;
Behaviour Illegal In Several States: George Clinton
Percussion & Vocals; Equipped with stereo armpits: Ramon ‘Tiki’ Fulwood
Rhythm/Lead Guitar; polyester soul-powered token white devil: Ron Bykowski
Registered and Licensced Genie; Vocals: ‘Shady’ Grady Thomas
Subterranean Bass Vocals, Supercool and Stinky Fingers: Ray (Stingray) Davis

Additional Personnel:

Drums: Gary Bronson
Bass: Jimmy Calhoun
Piano: Leon Patillo
Percussion: Ty Lampkin


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