An artist who we seldom talk about in depth, so here's a spot to post and discuss all things GC - songwriter, singer, producer, The Parliaments, P-Funk, the solo years... any other stuff connected to him and his groups.
A conglomerate that I really wish I could have seen live back in the '70s. I love the early-to-mid '70s albums especially. But then, I suppose everyone does.
So naturally I'm posting a record from the late '80s. Despite the callback to his last hit and a lot of other (sometimes dated) silliness, there's a terrific song in here... and I don't mean the Patti Page one.
Post by HEN HAWKADAY II on Feb 16, 2021 13:40:29 GMT
LOVE early Funkadelic. They’re one of those bands (like Can, Pere Ubu) that I read about for YEARS before hearing a note - not what I’d expected somehow. Something like AEIY has ballads, strange Zappaesque spoken word passages, show tunes.
I like just the odd Parliament thing (‘Give Up The Funk’ is insanely good). Like Charlie I’d have loved to have seen a show back in the 70s. He reminds me of Lee Perry - multi-talented, prolific, dreads, bonkers.
I keep meaning to “revisit” ol’ GC but life’s too short. My opinion of him has softened during lockdown THO, now I think of him as a scatological, sub-Zappa pissant and no. 1 purveyor of the world’s worst music - FUNK.
Some great stuff, some very daft stuff and, frankly, too much fucking stuff. It's all about Funkadelic really and it's up to Let's Take it to the Stage for me. One Nation.... is hugely overrated - just that kind of bleached out production and sound doesn't work for me - and they were always better when they were more of a rock band than a funk band. Parliament leave me cold mostly and all that Funkasuarus people shit is a bit naff. Lyrically adolescent - a funk Zappa, yeah I can see that - to the point where it does limit them but, for a few years, they could be wonderful and strange and funky and out there all at the same time.