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Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome

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Parliament simply poured it on for this amazing album, clearly one of its all-time best. At least one band named itself after a lyric -- Urge Overkill, taken from the song "Funkentelechy" itself -- while the amount of times this album has been sampled for the music is uncountable. Besides having an absolutely wonderful name, it contained at least three of the finest Parliament tunes ever, including arguably its signature song. "Flash Light," which closes Funkentelechy on a riotous high, has it all -- a brilliant fake ending, instant singalong value, a synth-bassline to kill for from Bernie Worrell, and so much more. As the album ends, so too does it begin, with a stone-cold classic -- "Bop Gun (Endangered Species)." Starting with a brisk little guitar figure and beat, it turns into an instant party on all fronts, with great lead vocals and an addictive chorus, the Horny Horns and company hitting the grooves and blasting hard. Worrell's laser noises and shimmering keyboard leads and Cordell Mosson's monster bass squelches send everything all that much more over the top. Another song title says it all -- "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk (Pay Attention -- B3M)." Treated with vocoders to an absurd degree, Sir Nose became the legendary enemy of funk, specifically the Starchild, on many a P-Funk recording (that's the two of them on the hilarious cover, the Starchild himself operating the Bop Gun). The throwaway lines in this song are almost legendary in and of themselves, while the music itself is a great slow build and burn rhythm that piles more on as it goes, with singers, horns, and more taking it to a climax. "Funkentelechy" and "The Placebo Syndrome" both have plenty of goodness as well, while "Wizards of Finance" is an amusing retro diversion, helping make Funkentelechy the highlight it is.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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1
Bop Gun (Endangered Species)
00:08:35

William Earl Collins, ComposerLyricist - Garry Shider, ComposerLyricist - George Clinton, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Parliament, MainArtist

℗ 1977 The Island Def Jam Music Group

2
Sir Nose D Voidoffunk
00:10:09

William Earl Collins, ComposerLyricist - George Clinton Jr., Producer, ComposerLyricist - Bernie Worrell, ComposerLyricist - Parliament, MainArtist

℗ 1977 The Island Def Jam Music Group

3
Wizard Of Finance
00:04:24

Ronald Ford, ComposerLyricist - George Clinton Jr., Producer, ComposerLyricist - Parliament, MainArtist - Glenn Goins La Monte, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1977 The Island Def Jam Music Group

4
Funkentelechy
00:10:59

William Earl Collins, ComposerLyricist - George Clinton, Producer - George Clinton Jr., ComposerLyricist - Parliament, MainArtist

℗ 1977 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Placebo Syndrome
00:04:23

Willie Nelson, ComposerLyricist - George Clinton Jr., Producer, ComposerLyricist - Parliament, MainArtist

℗ 1977 The Island Def Jam Music Group

6
Flash Light
00:05:46

William Earl Collins, ComposerLyricist - George Clinton, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - George Clinton Jr., ComposerLyricist - Bernie Worrell, ComposerLyricist - Parliament, MainArtist

℗ 1984 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Album Description

Parliament simply poured it on for this amazing album, clearly one of its all-time best. At least one band named itself after a lyric -- Urge Overkill, taken from the song "Funkentelechy" itself -- while the amount of times this album has been sampled for the music is uncountable. Besides having an absolutely wonderful name, it contained at least three of the finest Parliament tunes ever, including arguably its signature song. "Flash Light," which closes Funkentelechy on a riotous high, has it all -- a brilliant fake ending, instant singalong value, a synth-bassline to kill for from Bernie Worrell, and so much more. As the album ends, so too does it begin, with a stone-cold classic -- "Bop Gun (Endangered Species)." Starting with a brisk little guitar figure and beat, it turns into an instant party on all fronts, with great lead vocals and an addictive chorus, the Horny Horns and company hitting the grooves and blasting hard. Worrell's laser noises and shimmering keyboard leads and Cordell Mosson's monster bass squelches send everything all that much more over the top. Another song title says it all -- "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk (Pay Attention -- B3M)." Treated with vocoders to an absurd degree, Sir Nose became the legendary enemy of funk, specifically the Starchild, on many a P-Funk recording (that's the two of them on the hilarious cover, the Starchild himself operating the Bop Gun). The throwaway lines in this song are almost legendary in and of themselves, while the music itself is a great slow build and burn rhythm that piles more on as it goes, with singers, horns, and more taking it to a climax. "Funkentelechy" and "The Placebo Syndrome" both have plenty of goodness as well, while "Wizards of Finance" is an amusing retro diversion, helping make Funkentelechy the highlight it is.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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