Thursday, August 11, 2005

You gotsta be cool

"I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe / I was not offended / For I knew I had to rise above it all / Or drown in my own shit."

The opening lines to Funkadelic's 1972 album Maggot Brain might live in rock infamy, but it aint' got nothing on the craziness that follows. Maggot Brain was, and still is, the definitive funky odyssey. A totally unique, mindblowing listening experience from start to finish; and clearly the work of an authentic genius on the trip of his life. Lord knows what George Clinton was thinking here; and as cliched this is this: nobody makes albums like this anymore. If you don't already know, Westbound are giving all the Funkadelic albums the remixing and deluxe treatment, and unfortunately, you all need Maggot Brain - sorry. This album is like Band of Gypsys era Jimi Hendrix on a psychedelic-soul ride, and Roky Erickson is driving the car. Gospel backing singers, rubbery bass-lines, pounding funk drums, and a frenzy of guitars jams made this album a funk, rock and soul ramala of unearthly proportions - yeah, it's that good. Eddie Hazel's wah wah guitars, Billy Nelson's BASS and George Clinton's vocals are simply, well, I don't know...UH! While these songs are clearly political, they come across as more celebratory than anything else. Fiercely intelligent, quirky and rousing...Do I need to say anymore?

Funkadelic - Hit it and Quit It.



At 6:06 pm, Blogger Rob said...

Hell yeah...essential stuff man.

Btw...I bought that Crime album after reading your post on them. Top shit.

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