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Parliament – Flash Light (1977)

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In 1977, the Parliament ‎entourage released a long player called Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome. Yes, that’s right. Written by George Clinton, Bernie Worrell and Bootsy Collins, the simply named ‘Flash Light’ closes the album on a momentous high; all channelled through Worrell’s killer synth-bassline and Clinton’s otherwordly vocals.

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Parliament – P. Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up) (1975)

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The same year, this happened. It was 1975 and we can forgive the Mothership’s swipe at Bowie’s early foray into funk. George Clinton was certainly talking funk from a position of strength, atop the chocolate Milky Way. “I want the bomb, I want the P.Funk, I want my funk uncut.” The genre-defining ‘P. Funk’ was the first track and single off their 1975 album Mothership Connection. The LP was the first to feature Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley after their departure from the J.B.s. The mix was a crazy concoction. “Do not attempt to adjust your radio, there is nothing wrong…”

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Parliament – Night Of The Thumpasorus People (1975)

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After Funkadelic’s ‘Cosmic Slop‘, George Clinton’s collective Parliament-Funkadelic put a concerted effort into stretching the boundaries of funk. Two different styles of funk, the outputs of Parliament and Funkadelic were operating in parallel. In 1975, Parliament began to explore something far more conceptual than Funkadelic. With the long player Mothership Connection, P-Funk was born. Musicians were switching between the bands and so adopted pseudonyms for contractual reasons. Dr. Funkenstein and his merry men seemed to revel in the pantomime. Full of lyrical nonsense and psychedelic funk, ‘Night Of The Thumpasorus People’ is the victorious final track on the album. In 1992, The Black Crowes would use the funk hook at 40secs to great effect in their rock’n’roll classic ‘Remedy’, going to show how space exploration can bring everyone together.

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