July 2, 2008 Playlist

The Fourth Annual
Parliament / Funkadelic
Tribute Spectacular

"Chocolate City" by Parliament (1975)
Parliament  "Chocolate City"  1975 (USA)
P-Funk was really two bands in one;  after George Clinton's first group The Parliaments "broke up", he reincorporated the group as Funkadelic and signed a contract with Westbound records.  Then Parliament "reformed" (with literally the exact same musicians who were also Funkadelic) and signed to Motown offshoot Invictus in 1970, before adding James Brown's horn section and Bootsy Collins on bass and re-signing to Casablanca in 1974, all while Funkadelic continued to make records for the Warner Bros label!  Originally the idea was that Parliament was the hooky, horn-driven "pop" group while Funkadelic would remain the heavy psychedelic group, although by 1976 they were regularly touring as "The Parliament Funkadelic" and freely intermixing songs from both groups' albums.  This week's CAOTW is the third long player credited to Parliament, one of many immortal albums from the 1970's by "America's greatest band"  -- if anything the title track celebrating trends in urban demographics is more relevant today than ever.
Here's several clips of P-Funk in their 1970's heyday: "Mothership Connection" which explains the mythology of the funk, "Dr. Funkenstein" on which George Clinton invents "rapping",  as well as the monster jam "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)" and the guitar showcase "Cosmic Slop".  Plus here's James Brown live in 1971: "Ain't It Funky Now" featuring Bootsy Collins on bass (there's a good close up of him -- without shades! -- around 3:30 into the clip.)  And here's Jimi Hendrix, the original psychedelic afronaut, playing "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)", the song on which he invented the funky wah-wah style of rhythm guitar, which was also later a posthumous #1 hit single in the UK.  And finally here's a rare clip of P-Funk's virtuoso guitar shredder Eddie "Maggot Brain" Hazel
Artist Song Album Year Country
Funkadelic Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow 1970 USA
Curtis Mayfield (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go Curtis 1970 USA
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Voodoo Child (Slight Return) Electric Ladyland 1968 USA/UK
Parliament  Chocolate City Chocolate City
1975 USA
Stevie Wonder Do Yourself A Favor Where I'm Coming From 1971 USA
Sly & The Family Stone Luv N' Haight There's A Riot Goin' On 1971 USA
Miles Davis Black Satin On The Corner 1972 USA
Isaac Hayes Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic Hot Buttered Soul 1969 USA
Parliament  Together Chocolate City
1975 USA
James Brown & "The Original" JB's (Bootsy Collins on bass) Soul Power (parts 1, 2 & 3) A & B sides 7" single
(uncut version on Funk Power 1970 CD)
1971 USA
Bootsy's Rubber Band Bootsy (Get Live) This Boot Is Made For Fonk-N 1979 USA
Parliament  Dr. Funkenstein The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein 1976 USA
Bootsy's Rubber Band Bootzilla Bootsy? Player Of The Year 1978 USA
Dr. Dre (with Snoop Dogg)  Let Me Ride
"Mothership Connection"
The Chronic 1992 USA
Redman So Ruff
"Flashlight", "Bop Gun" & "More Bounce To The Ounce"
Whut? Thee Album 1992 USA
Cypress Hill Psychobetabuckdown
"Aqua Boogie"
Cypress Hill
1991 USA
De La Soul Me Myself & I
"(Not Just) Knee Deep"
3 Feet High And Rising
1989 USA
Digital Underground Rhymin' On The Funk
"Flashlight" & "Bootzilla"
Sex Packets
1990 USA
Zapp (co-produced by Bootsy) More Bounce To The Ounce Zapp
1980 USA
Funkadelic Hit It And Quit It Maggot Brain 1971 USA
Funkadelic You Hit The Nail On The Head America Eats Its Young 1972 USA
Parliament  The Goose Up For The Down Stroke 1974 USA
Eddie Hazel I Want You (She's So Heavy) (Beatles) Game, Dames  And Guitar Thangs 1977 USA
The Jackson 5 I'll Bet You (Funkadelic) ABC 1970 USA
Funkadelic Maggot Brain (Live) One Nation Under A Groove
(originally on a bonus 7" single)
1978 USA
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