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From the switch-hittin' G-Funk of Dr. Dre to the freaky-styley punk-funk of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton's P-Funk posse blew more than a few musical minds when they rolled into Chocolate City armed with Bootsy Collins' bacon-fat basslines and Bernie Worrell's slow-swirlin' synths. Not that we doubted the cosmic genius behind Up For The Down Stroke, but the nine nasty neighborhoods composing the can-you-dig-it? utopia served notice that the funk was no fluke. And if you're not hip to what the City's all about, Clinton lays down a State of the Union-style rap before launching into his full-frontal funk assault, "Ride On," "If It Don't Fit (Don't Force It)," and "Big Footin'" emerging as three of the most enduring anthems of the era. And don't even think Parliament couldn't bring it back down for the ladies, turning out a Stylistics-worthy knees-weaker with "I Misjudged You." Like the man said, "God bless CC and its vanilla suburbs

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From C.C. to the vanilla suburbs

This was my second Parliament album - worth buying just for "If It Don't Fit (Don't Force It)" and "Ride On". But George Clinton gets crazy all over. You can feel it in "Common Law Wife" and especially in the pure honeysyrupfunk of "Together". He even gets into super-slow-drip mode on "I Misjudged You". This is an incredibly solid album that gives you notice about what's about to come from G.C.'s crew, and is definitely the moment Parliament began its true ascent into funk nirvana.

the funk in transition

this is PFunk's transition album with some big highlights such as "Chocolite City", "Ride On", "Bigfootin" featuring the arrival of Glen Goins and Eddie Hazel giving
a impassioned vocal on "Let Me Be". Saying goodbye to Maggot Brain and hello to the Mothership Connection which followed this album.

P. Funk professor

Big Footin' debuted the late, great Glen Gloins!!


Formed: 1970 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Inspired by Motown's assembly line of sound, George Clinton gradually put together a collective of over 50 musicians and recorded the ensemble during the '70s both as Parliament and Funkadelic. While Funkadelic pursued band-format psychedelic rock, Parliament engaged in a funk free-for-all, blending influences from the godfathers (James Brown and Sly Stone) with freaky costumes and themes inspired by '60s acid culture and science fiction. From its 1970 inception until Clinton's dissolving of Parliament...
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