Funkadelic, along with their sister band Parliament, were at the centre of the development of funk music during the 1970’s and 1980’s. This clip from a live performance in 1976 shows what they are all about.
Led by George Clinton, the eccentric genius of the funk world, Funkadelic should be included in every music collection. The band’s sound is designed to get you moving, an infectious fusion of tight rhythms, deeply funky basslines, searing Hendrix-style guitars, spacey synthesizer melodies and crisp horn riffs. The band members are all funk royalty: keyboard players Bernie Worrell and Junie Morrison, guitarists Eddie Hazell and Michael Hampton, and the inimitable Bootsy Collins on bass.
With Parliament, Funkadelic and later the P-Funk Allstars, George Clinton set the ground with the funkiest, dirtiest, tightest grooves imaginable during the funk explosion of the 1970’s. He still performs, so if he hits your town, make sure you are there.
George Clinton, Parliament and Funkadelic albums you should check out:
George Clinton – Greatest Hits: Straight Up
A collection of the best of George Clinton’s solo work from the 1980’s and 1990’s
Parliament – Mothership Connection
Deeply funky, great tunes, wonderful basslines. You need this album.
Funkadelic’s finest moment – an outstanding collection of spacey, funky, soulful tunes.