Who In The Funk Do You Think You Are?

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Happy Parliafunkadelicment Thangday!  Life is a bit stressful right now with all the change that is coming in less than two weeks.  As a result, my brain is a bit scattered, making writing even harder.  So today, will be short but sweet.  Plus, you can listen to George shed some light on the music found on the album and the P-Funk army.  Enjoy.

George Clinton Family Series 1: Go Fer Yer Funk was released in 1992.  The material that appears on this archive release, and the other Family Series releases, is mostly post 1978, really post 1980.  A lot of that has to do with George not owning the rights to older work.  Still, there is killer among the filler on the Family Series as long as you are willing to overlook the mediocre, hollow sounding 80s material.  As a hardcore funker, it is nice to hear more P-Funk even if the works aren’t among their greatest.

Go Fer Yer Funk opens with “Go Fer Yer Funk,” a strong, hook-filled dance number and one of the best songs on the release. Sterling Silver Starship was a side project that didn’t get far.  “Funk It Up” is one of the songs that had been recorded.  Gary Fabulous, the world’s first white rapper, gets loose on “Funkin’ For My Mama’s Rent.”

Catching Sly warming up, George secretly recorded “Who In The Funk Do You Think You Are.” Trey Lewis, also known as Tracey Lewis, is a son of GC.  “Michelle” is one of Trey’s earliest songs.  Later released on Way of the Drum (2007), “Sunshine of Your Love,” is a wicked Cream cover by Blackbyrd, who plays all the instruments.  Recorded in the 80s for the Way of the Drum, MCA rejected the album and then lost the tapes.  Almost twenty years later, the tapes were found and the full album finally saw the light of day.

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Track Listing

Go Fer Yer Funk {G Clinton, W Collins}  9:52
Funk It Up {Donnie Sterling}  8:46
Funkin’ For My Mama’s Rent {Gary Sinkow, Lige Curry}   5:58
Send A Gram {G Clinton}  5:32
Who In The Funk Do You Think You Are (demo) {Sylvester Stewart}  1:33
Better Days {Marvin Williams}  4:10
The Chong Show {W Collins, David Spradley}  5:07
Michelle {G Clinton, Tracey Lewis}  12:24
Sunshine Of Your Love {Jack Bruce}  5:33
The Archeological Dig-Storytime with George (interview)  12:14


Personnel:

“Go Fer Yer Funk”
Artist: Parliament (1980)  Producer: George Clinton
Featuring: Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, Horny Horns, James Brown

“Funk It Up”
Artist: Sterling Silver Starship (1981) Producer: George Clinton, Ron Dunbar
Lead Vocals, Bass, Drums: Donny Sterling
Keyboard: Jerome Rogers, Donny Sterling
Guitar: Rodney Crutcher, Tony Thomas
Background Vocals: Parlet, Mahlia Franklin, Ron Dunbar”Funkin’ For…”
Artist: Gary Fabulous and Black Slack (1980-81)
Producer: George Clinton, Ron Dunbar
Percussion/Drums: William Payne
Bass: Lige Curry
Guitar: Michael Hampton, Andre Foxxe
Keyboard: David Spradley
Lead Vocals: Gary Fabulous
Background Vocals: Parliament, Funkadelic, Sterling Silver Starship

“Funkin’ For…”
Artist: Gary Fabulous and Black Slack (1980-81)
Producer: George Clinton, Ron Dunbar
Percussion/Drums: William Payne
Bass: Lige Curry
Guitar: Michael Hampton, Andre Foxxe
Keyboard: David Spradley
Lead Vocals: Gary Fabulous
Background Vocals: Parliament, Funkadelic, Sterling Silver Starship
“Send A Gram”
Artist: Jessica Cleaves (1980-81)  Producer: George Clinton
Vocals: Jessica Cleaves
Drums: Ty Lampkin
Bass: Danan Potts
Keyboard: David Spradley
Guitar: Cordell Mosson, Ron Bremby
Background Vocals: Andre Williams, Tracey Lewis, George Clinton,
Sidney Barnes, Robert Johnson
Horn & String Arrangements: Bernie Worrell

“Who in the Funk…”
Artist: Sly Stone (1981)
Piano, Bass, Guitar, Vocals: Sly Stone
Guitar: Ron Ford

“Better Days”
Artist: Andre Foxxe (1984)  Producer: George Clinton, Garry Shider
Vocals: Andre Foxxe
Guitar: Marvin Williams
Keyboard: David Spradley
Background Vocals: Marvin Williams, Garry Shider

“The Chong Show”
Artist: Bootsy Collins (1979-80)  Producer: George Clinton, Bootsy Collins
Keyboards, Bass, Guitar, Lead Vocals: Bootsy Collins
Keyboards, Background Vocals: David Spradley
Percussion: Carl “Butch” Small

“Michelle”
Artist: Treylewd’s Flastic Brain Flam (1978-79)  Producer: George Clinton
Guitar: Tracey Lewis, DeWayne McKnight, Garry Shider
Drums: Dennis Chambers
Bass: Jeff “Cherokee” Bunn
Keyboard: Gary Hudgins
Vocals: Tracey Lewis
Background Vocals: Kevin Shider, Andre Foxxe, Tracey Lewis, Patricia Curry,
Garry Shider, Linda Shider, Brides, Parlet, Ray Davis, Parliament,
Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Steve Pannel, Robert Johnson,
Tony Lafoot, Jessica Cleaves

“Sunshine of Your Love”
Artist: Funkadelic  (1984)  Producer: George Clinton
All instruments by: DeWayne “Blackbyrd” McKnight

“Archeological Dig”
Interview with George Clinton

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