As the end of the year approaches, we wanted to do something as a little Christmas giveaway. Rather than your usual free mp3 of a track that didn’t make the grade, or a hastily-compiled mix that nobody will listen to more than once, we decided to do something different. And since we just released our most overtly P-Funk-influenced track to date (<a href="http://http://soundcloud.com/juslikemusic/paper-tiger-send-me-snippets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Send Me</a>), the time seemed right for this.
Parliament-Funkadelic have always been a huge influence on us (musically and otherwise), but despite their success and critical acclaim, I’m always struck by how few people now seem to have heard of them, let alone explored their vast back catalogue.
For those that aren’t aware, Parliament and Funkadelic were two bands made up of largely the same personnel that came to prominence in the 1970s, eventually merging into a single entity. For me they had everything – they were uncompromising, original, politically radical, innovative in the studio, frighteningly talented live musicians, killed the dancefloor, blew people’s minds, and created their own surreal sci-fi world (through their stage show, liners notes and artwork) for fans to explore.
They have influenced all popular music since – years before Rapper’s Delight, George Clinton was rapping. Before white America was terrorised by Public Enemy and NWA, they were freaked out by P-Funk. While Kraftwerk were experimenting with synthesisers, Bernie Worrell was hitting crowds with wobbly synth bass. Before the era of overblown pop stage shows, $250,000 was spent on the Mothership. They have been sampled by De La Soul, Eric B and Rakim, Dr. Dre, Ultramagnetic MCs, Ice-T, Wu Tang Clan, EPMD, Beastie Boys and hundreds of others. Outkast owe pretty much their entire career to P-Funk (even they say so).
This mix is by no means comprehensive – the two bands released over 20 albums between them, and many members had solo projects. But if you’ve never heard any of them before, this should be a good introduction. If you already know about P-Funk, then you know you’ll enjoy this! Thanks for supporting us in what’s been our best year yet – we’re already excited about what’s to come.
Merry Christmas from Paper Tiger, see you in 2012
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Tracklist (Title – Band, Album):
Prelude – Parliament, The Clones Of Dr Funkenstein
Chocolate City – Parliament, Chocolate City
Flashlight – Parliament, Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome
Cosmic Slop – Funkadelic, Cosmic Slop
Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) – Parliament, Mothership Connection
Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop) – Parliament, Motor Booty Affair
One Nation Under A Groove – Funkadelic, One Nation Under A Groove
Get Off Your Ass And Jam – Funkadelic, Let’s Take It To The Stage
Mommy, What’s A Funkadelic? – Funkadelic, Funkadelic
I Got A Thing, You Got A Thing, Everybody’s Got A Thing – Funkadelic, Funkadelic
Good To Your Earhole – Funkadelic, Let’s Take It To The Stage
Mothership Connection – Parliament, Mothership Connection
Everything Is On The One – Parliament, The Clones Of Dr Funkenstein
I’ve Been Watching You (Move Your Sexy Body) – Parliament, The Clones of Dr Funkenstein
Hit It And Quit It – Funkadelic, Maggot Brain
Undisco Kidd – Funkadelic, Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic
Unfunky UFO – Parliament, Mothership Connection
Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On – Funkadelic, Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On
Swing Down Sweet Chariot (Let Me Ride) [Live]
Dr Funkenstein [Live]
Maggot Brain – Funkadelic, Maggot Brain
Can You Get To That? – Funkadelic, Maggot Brain