“I can and well just might turn you on”

photo from last years SWR employee picnic

photo from last year's SWR employee picnic

Funkadelic – “Funky Dollar Bill” from Free Your Mind…And Your Ass Will Follow (1970)
Funkadelic – “Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On” from Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On (1974)

Funkadelic was batshit crazy. And it wasn’t just George Clinton: his top-notch sidemen and singers were as into the weird as the Supreme Maggot Minister himself. These two jams attest to that. On “Funky Dollar Bill,” check Eddie Hazel’s brain-melt guitar tone and acid casulty Lucius “Tawl” Ross’s unhinged singing. Clarence “Fuzzy” Haskins sings on “Standing On The Verge,” a mutha-funkin’ masterpiece.

What gets me about Funkadelic is that behind their UFO-psych jamming are tight, inventive vocal arrangments. Mixed differently, a lot of this stuff could be pop. But the Parliafunkadelicment Thang would never let you off the hook so easily, now would they?

Told ya my next post would be cooler.

Mommy, what’s a Funkadelic? (buy it here)

Posted by Glenn



Filed under 1970s, Funk, Psychedelic, Rock, Soul, Space rock

3 responses to ““I can and well just might turn you on”

  1. Jeff Wheeler

    The “Eulogy and Light” poem is some hard shit. Also, they say that the Maggotbrain solo happened when George told Eddie Hazel (who has his own solo album) to play like his mother had just died. I’ve almost cried while listening to that “Maggotbrain” song. Its rough stuff.

  2. “Maggot Brain” is fucking ridiculous. Eddie Hazel is on some next-level shit, for sure.

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