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#93 The Mothership Connection – Parliament

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Track Listing:-

  1. P. Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)
  2. Mothership Connection (Star Child)
  3. Unfunky UFO
  4. Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication
  5. Handcuffs
  6. Give up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)
  7. Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples

This album….what can I tell you?  It’s just one big slab of funk, it is proper funktastic!

So, as you can tell, this is a funk album.  At first before I listened to it I was really unsure what to expect, but after about four or five spins I am sold on it.  I have to be honest though, I am struggling to put into words why it is so worth listening to.

The front cover alone with a man riding on the front of a spaceship by the seat of his pants is enough to pull me in.  It’s definitely an album that is very much in the vein of the cover, in that it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

The first track starts off very chilled out, with a spoken section which I assume is George Clinton with his deep booming voice and some geezer called the Lollipop Man. This bit is worth listening to just for the pronunciation of “David Booey” which made me snort loudly with laughter, attracting a few raised eyebrows from the man who happened to be passing by. The groove in the first track when it kicks in will certainly make you move.

The album pretty much carries on in the same vein, the second track sounds like a funky extension of the Grange Hill theme tune, at least to these untrained ears.

The third song is pretty much a 70s sounding rock riff but with a predictably funky feel to it, again it’s bloody catchy.

“Give the people what they want, when they want and they wants it all the time”, is pretty much the vocal groove that the fourth song runs on. Yes it is, too true Parliament. If this band did form a Parliament, this country would be a much more fun place to live in, that’s for sure.  I can’t imagine Theresa May going with the same mantra, she’s more likely to see this as justification for running the country the way she and her government do; don’t give the people want they want/need as they’ll only want more.  I’ll stop there as this is a music blog not a political one.

‘Handcuffs’ is probably my favourite track musically, brilliant vocal performances here, very soulful.  Although I do not condone the use of handcuffs on a lady in any way, not even a kinky way – not my bag.  The chauvinistic manner of this is addressed in the song though, so I guess I forgive them for it.

The sixth track is a long one, but the bass line is very catchy.   It was probably the first from this album to get stuck in my head, probably on the second listen. “We gotta have that funk”, we certainly do if it sounds like this all the time.

The last track is probably the most experimental of the album, with its strange sounding vocal tracks, definitely a song for grooving aliens.  I can imagine it being beamed through space to the band through a time warp of some description.

So that was my track by track review of this one, again worth a listen to anyone who appreciates something a bit different, it certainly caught my imagination.  If there is an interplanetary species who dig this then I wouldn’t mind taking them to our leader; they might even disintegrate her with a laser if we’re lucky.

 

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