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Thread started 12/21/15 2:41pm

Adorecream

I just discovered Parliament Funkadelic

Hey guys, I have always known about George Clinton and cohorts, but never really got into their music, until now and I just think they are completely nuts, but in a good way. Their music had a real vision and is really deep for the period.

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All I have really seen and done so far is watched that 1969 (1970) video on youtube, where they are singing What is soul and a few other songs (There is a lot of acid there and is George Clinton the Mr T lookalike in the purple singlet?) Or Maybe Mr T stole his haircut and look off early George Clinton and added gold chains. The shit was so crazy and so cool, I had to see more. Then I saw the Cosmic Slop video which is even more bizarre including some brother with a dog mask on. This music is funky and scary in one. I have also watched the documentary and the Prince video of him inducting Pfunk into the Rock and Roll hall of fame.

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I want to go deeper, not just knee deep so far, what would you hardcore Pfunk addicts and I know there are a few, suggest where to go next, any really essential albums for the new fan. I know sound daft and like I have missed the boat here as most of this music is like 40 years old, but it is very catchy and even now I only have one song of theirs "Give us the funk" off one of my funk compilation albums.

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Any help would be great (And yes I consider Bootsy and Eddie Hazel to be amazing on guitar and bass respectively)

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Reply #1 posted 12/21/15 4:05pm

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Awesome. I remember my first time getting into them. I would start with 1984's Parliament's Greatest Hits -Uncut Funk-The Bomb and get Funkadelic's One Nation Under a Groove.

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Reply #2 posted 12/21/15 4:40pm

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ConFUNKulations and welcome to the family! hug

http://georgeclinton.com/discography/ There's so much, it's hard to tell you where to start. I started with "Mothership Connection". My only advice is to take it slow, NewBooty. lol Too much of the REAL FUNK all at once, could definitely blow your mind. FUNK ON! headbang

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Reply #3 posted 12/21/15 5:20pm

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Depending on how deep you want to get into P-Funk, I'd start with compilations first.

A Funkadelic comp, a Parliament comp, a Bootsy Rubber Band comp and a George Clinton solo comp (and if you really wanna go deep, their early Parliaments work.)

Or just start from the beginning with albums in order.
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Reply #4 posted 12/21/15 5:27pm

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It's not a bad idea to start with a hits collection, see what moves you and then go buy those albums.

Parliament made most of the disco hits and usually have horns. Funkadelic is more guitar-based, and can be a lot weirder.

I'm mainly a rock and roll guy so I tend to listen to mostly Funkadelic. My favorite single album from start to finish is either Standing On The Verge Of Gettin It On, or, Let's Take It To The Stage. Those both have a few of my all time favorite songs, a nice variety of music, and are really solid albums.

I also really like the album "Osmium", reissued under some different titles with varying song selections, but you'd be looking one that has the songs My Automobile, I Call My Baby Pussycat and Breakdown, among others. It's under the name Parliament, but is more like an early Funkadelic album - filled with Eddie Hazel guitar.

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Reply #5 posted 12/21/15 6:45pm

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Amazon currently has Mothership Connection CD for $4.99 with bonus autorip dl. thumbs up!

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Reply #6 posted 12/21/15 7:07pm

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Start with "Mothership Connection"; if that doesnt hook you, forget about it!

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Reply #7 posted 12/21/15 7:20pm

Adorecream

Yes, thanks guys, Mothership Connection and a greatest hits mix it is.

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Reply #8 posted 12/21/15 8:01pm

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bobzilla77 said:

It's not a bad idea to start with a hits collection, see what moves you and then go buy those albums.



Parliament made most of the disco hits and usually have horns. Funkadelic is more guitar-based, and can be a lot weirder.



I'm mainly a rock and roll guy so I tend to listen to mostly Funkadelic. My favorite single album from start to finish is either Standing On The Verge Of Gettin It On, or, Let's Take It To The Stage. Those both have a few of my all time favorite songs, a nice variety of music, and are really solid albums.



I also really like the album "Osmium", reissued under some different titles with varying song selections, but you'd be looking one that has the songs My Automobile, I Call My Baby Pussycat and Breakdown, among others. It's under the name Parliament, but is more like an early Funkadelic album - filled with Eddie Hazel guitar.


Nooooo, not disco. Parliament is Funk/RnB.
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Reply #9 posted 12/22/15 12:11am

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Reply #10 posted 12/22/15 12:14am

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chriss said:

there once was some freaks from LA...who came to New York to play...

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Reply #11 posted 12/22/15 1:59am

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Funny, I'm rediscovering the P-Funk. I got into the P around the same time as Prince, sort of forgot about it because you can't listen to the same music all the time, but I find myself going back to it lately. Anyway, the following albums are essential:
Funkadelic (self titled debut LP)
Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow
Maggot Brain
One Nation Under a Groove

Parliament:
Get Up For the Downstroke
Chocolate City
Mothership Connection
The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein

After that it became more of the same. The whole Mothership thang became a little too big and blew up around 1980 after which George returned with some solo albums of which
Computer Games (with Atomic Dog on it) and
You Shouldn't Nuff Bit Fish
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Reply #12 posted 12/22/15 3:18am

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I got into P-Funk earlier this year. Started with the compilations and then dipped into the albums. Took a bit longer to get into Funkadelic so still acquiring their albums. My favourite albums are Mothership Connection, Dr Funkenstein and Funkentelechy. The live album is pretty good too.

The Mothership Connection DVD is ESSENTIAL!!!!


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Reply #13 posted 12/22/15 4:44am

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NorthC said:

Funny, I'm rediscovering the P-Funk. I got into the P around the same time as Prince, sort of forgot about it because you can't listen to the same music all the time, but I find myself going back to it lately. Anyway, the following albums are essential: Funkadelic (self titled debut LP) Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow Maggot Brain One Nation Under a Groove Parliament: Get Up For the Downstroke Chocolate City Mothership Connection The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein After that it became more of the same. The whole Mothership thang became a little too big and blew up around 1980 after which George returned with some solo albums of which Computer Games (with Atomic Dog on it) and You Shouldn't Nuff Bit Fish


Adorecream, add Motor Booty Affair to that. headbang

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Reply #14 posted 12/22/15 7:23am

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rlittler81 said:

The Mothership Connection DVD is ESSENTIAL!!!!


Totally agree, this is a great DVD!!!

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time!
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Reply #15 posted 12/22/15 8:30am

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My trouble with them is that they do not actually write songs. They do sounds.

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Reply #16 posted 12/22/15 3:01pm

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My trouble with them is that they do not actually write songs. They do sounds.


Wrong. The Goose (That Layed the Golden Egg), Red Hot Mama, Get Up For the Downstroke, I'll Bet You, Whatever Makes My Baby Feel Good, All Your Goodies Are Gone, (I Just Wanna) Testify and countless others are great songs. Remember, George was schooled in Motown. He learned from the best.
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Reply #17 posted 12/22/15 6:14pm

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Ooo-Ah-Yeah You're SO Sweet!

Make it so, Number One...
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2freaky4church1 said:

My trouble with them is that they do not actually write songs. They do sounds.

Two words for you my friend: Cosmic Slop music

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Reply #19 posted 12/23/15 7:05am

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If you are just getting into P-Funk be sure to also try some of Bootsy's albums, Stretchin Out, Ah ... the Name Is Bootsy, Baby! and Player of the Year are also essential P-Funk to go with the Funkadelic and Parliament albums. If you only get one of those three, I recommend the Name Is Bootsy. That one and Player are great on vinyl too as the original albums were really nice gatefolds and included posters and cut-out Bootsy glasses.

If you've got funk, you've got style.
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Reply #20 posted 12/23/15 6:05pm

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Flashlight is the greatest funk song in funk history, period.

On a side note, Clinton stayed at the same hotel as I back in 2012. His vehicle had a Florida license plate: "WE FUNK" lol

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Reply #21 posted 12/23/15 6:49pm

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I would go for some variety:

1. Mothership Connection, the height of Parlaiment as a horns & keyboard based, conceptual funk beast. I left handcuffs off my playlist version, so I forget now if that song messes up the rest.

2. Maggot Brain, a great rock and soul album. Super Stupid is their heaviest rock song. Hit It and Quit and the Wars... are some serious deep funk. Plus you get some of their doowop roots in a song or two.

3. One Nation Under A Groove, a great guitar-based, funk fest, with interesting lyrics all the way through

4. Funkentelechy vs ..., this album has Flashlight, Endangered Species, and Funkentelechy. Monster funk cuts.
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Reply #22 posted 12/30/15 2:39pm

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I'm just startin with them, Margot Brain has to be their greatest song, as far i have listened to them (that's very little) their sound is crazy. Margot Brain, One Nation, Cosmic Slop,March To The Witch's Castle, Everybody Is Goin To Make It, America Eats It's Young, Can You Get To That and I Miss My Baby.

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Reply #23 posted 12/30/15 6:00pm

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NorthC said:

2freaky4church1 said:

My trouble with them is that they do not actually write songs. They do sounds.

Wrong. The Goose (That Layed the Golden Egg), Red Hot Mama, Get Up For the Downstroke, I'll Bet You, Whatever Makes My Baby Feel Good, All Your Goodies Are Gone, (I Just Wanna) Testify and countless others are great songs. Remember, George was schooled in Motown. He learned from the best.

very wrong cool

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controversy99 said:

I would go for some variety: 1. Mothership Connection, the height of Parlaiment as a horns & keyboard based, conceptual funk beast. I left handcuffs off my playlist version, so I forget now if that song messes up the rest. 2. Maggot Brain, a great rock and soul album. Super Stupid is their heaviest rock song. Hit It and Quit and the Wars... are some serious deep funk. Plus you get some of their doowop roots in a song or two. 3. One Nation Under A Groove, a great guitar-based, funk fest, with interesting lyrics all the way through 4. Funkentelechy vs ..., this album has Flashlight, Endangered Species, and Funkentelechy. Monster funk cuts.

Eddie at his best cool

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Reply #25 posted 01/01/16 2:31pm

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Nice discovery..........looks like you are going to be busy for quite a while.

Do me a favor..........LISTEN to the lyrics.

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Graycap23 said:

Nice discovery..........looks like you are going to be busy for quite a while.

Do me a favor..........LISTEN to the lyrics.

Can I be honest? I still don't understand some of those lyrics. They sound a bit cryptic. Musically though, I've always been on board.

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Reply #27 posted 01/01/16 4:13pm

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Hamad said:

Graycap23 said:

Nice discovery..........looks like you are going to be busy for quite a while.

Do me a favor..........LISTEN to the lyrics.

Can I be honest? I still don't understand some of those lyrics. They sound a bit cryptic. Musically though, I've always been on board.

It took me years to understand what the hell George was talkin about.......

FOOLS multiply when WISE Men & Women are silent.
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Reply #28 posted 01/01/16 9:22pm

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Graycap23 said:

Hamad said:

Can I be honest? I still don't understand some of those lyrics. They sound a bit cryptic. Musically though, I've always been on board.

It took me years to understand what the hell George was talkin about.......

waaaay ahead of his time

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HuMpThAnG said:

Graycap23 said:

It took me years to understand what the hell George was talkin about.......

waaaay ahead of his time

That is an understatement.

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