There’s Gonna Be a Party For Days (Bootsy, Tigers, & Spartans, Oh My!)

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Happy Parliafunkadelicment Thangday!  I present some more Bootsy today, but first a ramble.

I spend a lot of time sitting in front of my computer screen.  I have an addiction to knowledge and the internet has put a whole world of information at your fingertips, in a way that the antiquated .  No doubt, I am big proponent of physical reading material.  It can be read without electricity; reading a book is romantic, reading a kindle is efficient and efficiency is overrated.  If you free up more time, you just have more time to kill.

Anyways, I intake a lot of information about the world.  I can’t help but look big picture, it is just the way my brain is wired.  If I wasn’t able to laugh at the absurdity and stupidity of humankind, I couldn’t bear to stick around this earthly realm unless I wasn’t able to afford to travel around the world and experience as much of the world as I could handle.  Thankfully, I am still able to laugh and for my salvation from a very bitter, cynical  to a cynical, pessimistic optimist.  I think it has to do with the fact I don’t fear death because I don’t fear the unexpected after body death.

I want the world to become more just; for people in America to realize that our way of life is not sustainable environmentally, economically, or spiritually; .  I just doubt the capability of America to change.  I wonder if citizens are educated enough to see the oligarchy running things and have the courage to work to overthrow it, which will require people to overcome their fear of scary news, which the ruling classes dispense through their mainstream media.  I ultimately figure worst case, my body perishes; best case, my body perishes.  For now, my guiding idea is we can’t let them who surround us defeat us because we really surround them.  Now if I can just figure out who them is.

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Excuse the above typing, for I my bigger reason for posting on the warmest day I have experienced in many months is to give up the Funk.  As I stated above,  I am going to follow last week’s Bootsy post with another.  This time, it is a live show, recorded in Louisville, from 1978.  The only thing better than Bootsy is live Bootsy, where hardcore bass orgies occurred on the regular.  Just lend Bootsy your ear and soak in his cheer.

Bootsy knew how to work a crowd and his Rubber Band knew how to play the Funk.  This recording captures the Rubber Band in their funky ripeness.  I like this album better than the studio recordings, which are still outstanding but seemed to bring a little too much polish.  Live, the space bass is unrestrained and Funk electricity oozes out of the band.  Funky flute and heavy bass get equal attention on ” Bootsy? (What Is the Name of This Town).”  Space bass is all up in your face on “Psychoticbumpschool.”  Extending the “party for days” chorus, Bootsy gets the crowd worked into a frenzy on “Hollywood Squares.”

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Catfish and Bootsy goes off on “Very Yes.”  Maceo and the horns add a whole new element to “Can’t Stay Away.”  Next up is the monstrous “Stretchin’ Out,” a hair-raising, spine-tingling jam with a pulse that builds and builds getting the audience on the verge of climax and teasingly holds it there for as an almost unbearably long time before providing release.  This one is sonic speed.  If I were asleep and someone started bumping this one, I would up like a cat hearing the rattle of a laser pointer.

The relief doesn’t last long, as Bootsy busts into “‘I’d Rather Be With You,” which was one of his premier bass orgy songs.  Bootzilla requests a floating vibe before going into foreplay.  You risk permanent damage if you’re not properly lubricated before hearing his poppin’, fuzzed space bass solo.  Bootsy is one of the best at making the bass talk, this version of “I’d Rather Be With You” is a marvelous demonstration of his skill and Bootsy doing a Jimi-Hendrix thing on bass.  “Bootzilla” includes some Motor Booty riffs among the classical theme and “America the Beautiful” and “Star Spangled Banner.”

The recording quality isn’t the best, you can hear a buzzing sound throughout, but it doesn’t matter for the Funk overwhelms.  Bootsy and the crew make it sound so easy, but it isn’t easy to be that funky.  And don’t mistake his levity for shallowness, as Andre 3000 said “I might look kinda funny, but I ain’t no fool.”

If I had access to a time machine for just one trip, I would pick a vintage P-Funk show, perhaps one of the funk festival performances so I could see a bunch of great bands.  For all of the moments to pick from, I would go with P-Funk .  I have felt multiple times the transcendental power of a great show.  I can’t think of anything that would make me happier than seeing the Parliament-Funkadelic empire throwing down a classic performance.  Eddie Hazel would have to be present and up front.  Huzzah for transcendental moments.  Go Spartans!  Go Tigers!  It truly is spring for regular season baseball is upon us.  Only several months before it becomes a real grind.

Track Listing

1    Intro-Maceo        :20
2    Bootsy? (What Is the Name of This Town)    Parker, Clinton, Collins    3:12
3    Rubber Duckie    Clinton, Cooper, Collins    :53
4    Psychoticbumpschool    Worrell, Clinton, Collins, Collins    3:14
5    Pinnochio Theory    Clinton, Collins    6:26
6    Hollywood Squares    Clinton, Collins    5:39
7    Roto-Rooter    Clinton, Collins, Collins    3:44
8    Very Yes    Clinton, Collins, Collins    5:28
9    Can’t Stay Away    Clinton, Collins    6:07
10    Stretchin’ Out (In a Rubber Band)    Clinton, Collins    11:23
11    I’d Rather Be With You    Collins, Clinton, Cooper    10:18
12    Aah the Name Is Bootsy, Baby    Parker, Clinton, Collins    4:25
13    Bootzilla    Collins, Clinton    6:21

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2 Responses to “There’s Gonna Be a Party For Days (Bootsy, Tigers, & Spartans, Oh My!)”

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