Tuesday, December 11, 2007

No. 274: Mothership Connection

Band: Parliament
Album: Mothership Connection
Why Rolling Stone gets it right: Definitely one of the classic funk records, many readers will be familiar with songs from “Mothership Connection” via Dr. Dre. Nevertheless, George Clinton's spacefunk dreams were partially realized on this record.
Why Rolling Stone gets it wrong: The middle of the record, save for “Mothership Connection (Star Child),” is pretty not memorable.
Best song: “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)” is almost synonymous with Parliament and funk music.
Worst song: "Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples" is just OK..
Is it awesome?: Absolutely.

Clinton says it well:

"We had put black people in situations nobody ever thought they would be in, like the White House. I figured another place you wouldn't think black people would be was in outer space. I was a big fan of Star Trek, so we did a thing with a pimp sitting in a spaceship shaped like a Cadillac, and we did all these James Brown-type grooves, but with street talk and ghetto slang.”

There's not much else to say, is there?

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