Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

The Mothership Is Here

Spaceships, and costumes, and elaborate mythology: P-Funk could be written off as Black KISS, but for the fact that they could actually play their instruments and write songs. (Though a great deal of their material is George Clinton chanting gibberish over a bass ostinato, P-Funk has a lot more “songs” than you’d think, and they’re well-crafted and solid.)

This is the ’76 band on the Mothership Tour. The song from Maggot Brain I posted? This band only has George Clinton and Bernie Worrell in common with the lineup that recorded the classic album from just five years prior; you can tell, obviously, but the sound is still recognizably P-Funk. This is because, among his many other talents, George Clinton could find talent: he couldn’t particularly sing–especially when compared to literally any other vocalist sharing the stage with him–and I don’t think I’ve ever seen him play anything, but he was the Jascha Heifetz of hiring drummers.

Check out Bernie on the squiqqly-wiggly solo at 31 minutes in. He looks like this:

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Bernie is less blurry in the video, and–presumably–in real life.

You learned how to take screen shots, huh?

Only took six years with an Apple.

And you won an internet slapfight.

Been a good day.

Sure, slugger.

2 Comments

  1. KISS would never be classified as the White P-Funk, that would be the Chili Peppers of course……heehee

  2. Don’t forget that Funkadelic could do the folk music thang as needed. Once you’ve heard them funkin’ out to “She’ll Be Coming Around The Mountain When She Comes” (from 1976’s Hardcore Jollies) you’ll never hear the song the same way.

    She’ll be riding six white horses when she comes, by the way.

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