Friday, August 31, 2012

177. One nation under a groove. Make my funk the P funk.

Album: One Nation Under a Groove
Artist: Funkadelic
Year: 1978
Genre: Funk


1. One Nation Under a Groove
2. Groovallegiance
3. Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?!
4. Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo-Doo Chasers)
5. Into You
6. Cholly (Funk Getting Ready To Roll!)

To this day I have no idea why it took me so long to find and enjoy Funk. Funk is where it's at and it's everything good music should be. It's a bunch of talented people pushing each other to great heights while never taking themselves too seriously and losing sight of the fact that great music can be fun. Funk is the bomb and if given the choice then I would like to make my funk the P-funk thanks very much.

George Clinton is a seriously talented guy who is like a big planet of funk that sucks passing funk talent into his orbit. He surrounds himself with funky greatness and churns out moments of funkified foolishness such as One Nation Under a Groove which is silly in the best possible way. It's some daft lyrics propelled forward by fantastic baselines and general grooviness. Whether it's Clinton's finest moment is often debated but you can't argue with your feet when they tap so hard your ankles hurt.

When One Nation Under a Groove is good it's very very good indeed. The title track is a groovy classic, Cholly (funk getting ready to roll) is awesome played loud and Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock and Roll is a catchy slice of blistering guitar brilliance. The slower songs are a noble but less than successful attempt to widen the P-funk sound but the real dud is Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad, a less than funny attempt to string together a lot of poo jokes with a messy instrumentation that leads nowhere.

Even with a lumpen 11 minute turd in the middle of the album this is still masterful stuff and a huge amount of fun. Funk- get into early, there's no time to waste.

Highlight: The title track
Lowlight: The poo song

Influenced by: George Clinton's warped but funky mind
Influenced: Everyone who calls themselves funky.

Favourite Amazon Customer Review Quote: "I'm only 29 years old, but this is my kind of music."

-Only 29? You young spring chicken you.

So is this funky or just a load of poo? Let me know below.

1 comment:

  1. discovered Funk a couple of years back. My ankles have hurt ever since. But they have had a fun time doing it. Yeah baby.