Funkadelic, Funkadelic

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 04.22.11 in Reviews


The beginning of the P-Funk empire, and one of the greatest debut albums ever.

It's impossible to overstate how important George Clinton has been to the past four decades of popular music. As a bandleader, conceptualist, producer, frontman, interviewee, songwriter and icon, he's on funk's Mount Rushmore with his avowed models Sly Stone and James Brown and their greatest successor, Prince. On this album he made a dollar out of 15 cents by sublimating his sub-Temptations vocal group, the Parliaments, into a freaked-out band concept that pulled equal inspiration from Sly, J.B. and Jimi Hendrix, with guitarist Eddie Hazel providing fireworks throughout and grooves like "I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing" and "What Is Soul?" burrowing deeper and weirder than even the Family Stone's furthest-out moments. "Good Old Music" proved especially popular with hip-hoppers; it's been subsequently sampled by more than two dozen artists, most notably Ice Cube, DJ Shadow, Massive Attack, Run-D.M.C., Common, Scarface and Beastie Boys.