...and I thought I had heard every acid-fried Eddie Hazel /Funkadelic tune

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In honor of George Clinton’s birthday today, here is an amazing
kohntarkosz exclusive: 7 minutes and 41 seconds of the most
mind-blowing unreleased Eddie Hazel-era Funkadelic recording you have
never heard, the holy-grail of George Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic
collectors: THE RAT KISSED THE CAT. Its origins are the stuff of
legend, the song only available when traded among ‘Funkateers’ of the
highest funkatility for years. I have never heard of an actual vinyl
copy of this rarity being sold ever and it has never been re-released,
re-issued or compiled on any cd ever. It is not to be confused with a
later Parlet or Brides of Funkenstein recording of the same song. THIS
IS THE REAL DEAL, ACID-FUNK-ROCK of FUNKADELIC around 1970. A friend
and I studio-enhanced this monster jam just this morning off of a tape
copied from another friend’s tape, said other friend having gotten his
tape from some guy in Amsterdam in a funk-tape trade around 1987. The
song “The Rat Kissed the Cat” is rumored to have been pressed
mistakenly on some copies of “Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On”
instead of “Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts”. Whether or not that turns out to be true, the song speaks for itself. It is the power of the
Funkadelic lineup that recorded “Maggot Brain” and “Super Stupid” with
the jaw-droppingly intense, acid-blues-rock, Hendrix-inspired yet
unmistakeable sounds of Eddie Hazel blazing on all burners for almost
eight minutes of funkadelic nirvana.
Download THE RAT KISSED THE CAT.

http://s21.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=2WN9XLMKZ468M0L3QXNKQ48Z4I

Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 2 August 2005 02:33 (fourteen years ago) link

Man, nice find.

I wish I had some weed.

Austin Still (Austin, Still), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 02:51 (fourteen years ago) link

thanks!

jmeister (jmeister), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 02:52 (fourteen years ago) link

wow! That just made my year. Thanks!!!!

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 03:41 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm curious what the real story is, but I have my doubts that anyone actually involved remembers. I used to have Billy Bass's e-mail a long time ago...

Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 2 August 2005 04:41 (fourteen years ago) link

I mean I have never heard of this song, and with so many reissues and bootlegs and boxed sets and rarities coming out since the dawn of CDs, I thought everything in the vaults had been emptied out.

Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 2 August 2005 04:44 (fourteen years ago) link

badass!! thanks

Dominique (dleone), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 12:03 (fourteen years ago) link

AWESOME!

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 12:17 (fourteen years ago) link

Clinton does tend to put everything out from the vaults. So god knows where this came from. But many thanks!

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 12:41 (fourteen years ago) link

this is fantastic - thanks a bunch!

Zack Richardson (teenagequiet), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 12:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah...this is fabulous. The extra "distance" sound that the multiple copies makes it sound kind of ominous, too. Kind of like the Chess style reverb. Great job.

Big Loud Mountain Ape (Big Loud Mountain Ape), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 12:54 (fourteen years ago) link

Can anyone identify the lead vocalist? I think I hear Fuzzy and George popping in and out in the background - but the lower, throaty lead vocal is someone I can't recognize....

Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 2 August 2005 14:56 (fourteen years ago) link

Grate!! new mixtape standard.

Ian John50n (orion), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 16:32 (fourteen years ago) link

WOW!!!

amazing...

eedd, Tuesday, 2 August 2005 18:09 (fourteen years ago) link

it's somehow more impressive and lobe-thwacking than the four remasters i just grabbed.

imbidimts, Tuesday, 2 August 2005 18:15 (fourteen years ago) link

dammit, big loud. i just dl'ed this onto yr comp, only to see that youve already heard it...

peter smith (plsmith), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 18:34 (fourteen years ago) link

haha - I burned a CD of this and my Windows Media Player inexplicably IDs the CD as Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water". uh, close, I guess... wtf?!

Shakey Mo Collier, Tuesday, 2 August 2005 19:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Fucking AWESOME track!

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Tuesday, 2 August 2005 20:37 (fourteen years ago) link

glad you all enjoyed that! I think the lead vocal is the late Ray Davis.

kohntarkosz, Wednesday, 3 August 2005 07:32 (fourteen years ago) link

Holy shit.

Wow.

Good looks on this.

Ellis, Wednesday, 3 August 2005 09:21 (fourteen years ago) link

five months pass...
whoa!

Dominique (dleone), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 17:00 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh shit. If someone could re-up that track (I probably missed it during one of my "I am going to stay away from ILM for sanity's sake" periods), I'd be eternally grateful.

disco violence (disco violence), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 17:45 (thirteen years ago) link

I can yousendit from home later, I burned a CD of it.

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 17:53 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh... my... god. That fottage is just outstanding.

Erik The Mainer (EZSnappin), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 21:41 (thirteen years ago) link

YEAH

why the rest of ILM doesn't care, I don't know...

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 21:45 (thirteen years ago) link

They've been too struck with awe to form thoughts, which can then be conveyed with words? I mean, that's where I've been at least.

ZR (teenagequiet), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 21:47 (thirteen years ago) link

http://s45.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=27UE48LRTM3CB1168PRPK1FQDT

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baby, disco is fuck (yournullfame), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 22:10 (thirteen years ago) link

haha. bad copy and paste, sorry.

http://s45.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=27UE48LRTM3CB1168PRPK1FQDT

baby, disco is fuck (yournullfame), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 22:13 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm digging that footage, too. It's ecstatic. Wish there were a few more closeups of Eddie.
Been on a funkadelic spree lately. Just picked up the 1971 live thing on Westbound, waiting on a copy of Osmium. The timing of this couldn't be better, really.

Tripmaker (SDWitzm), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 22:18 (thirteen years ago) link

That's just nuts, man. I've watched it three times.

"Thanks" doesn't really do it, but uh, thanks. Wow.

dark Horse, Wednesday, 18 January 2006 22:20 (thirteen years ago) link

Man, this makes me think about blogging again. Of course, all I can think to do is link to these videos and drool, so maybe not.

Thanks to all who kindly ignored my "fottage" above. Just too blown away to type.

I wish the Parliament shows I've seen over the years had anything close to that sort of hypnotic energy. The only performance I've ever seen live that came close to that was New Kingdom back in 96.

Erik The Mainer (EZSnappin), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 23:13 (thirteen years ago) link

how do i shot swf

Stormy Davis (diamond), Wednesday, 18 January 2006 23:47 (thirteen years ago) link

That is the most fantastic thing ever.
This is the thread that keeps on giving.

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Thursday, 19 January 2006 00:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Dammit, I'm going to be late to my class, and it's going to be your fault.

R. J. Greene, Thursday, 19 January 2006 00:58 (thirteen years ago) link

This is fucking mind-altering.

R. J. Greene, Thursday, 19 January 2006 01:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Well goddamn. That was fucking great.

Austin Still (Austin, Still), Thursday, 19 January 2006 02:15 (thirteen years ago) link

There is no excuse for this thread not to have hundreds of posts. Is "1 Thing" worth hashing about for the umpteenth time when we have this?

I'm not saying this is the Holy Grail, but it is as noteworthy as Odysseus' tomb. (I just wanted to share that for no good reason)

Erik The Mainer (EZSnappin), Thursday, 19 January 2006 13:20 (thirteen years ago) link

Eddie Hazel just makes me super stupid every time.

J Arthur Rank (Quin Tillian), Thursday, 19 January 2006 14:05 (thirteen years ago) link

The
song “The Rat Kissed the Cat” is rumored to have been pressed
mistakenly on some copies of “Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On”
instead of “Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts”.

not on mine. which is a good thing. b/c now i have this and "Good Thoughts." And good thoughts on ye who've brought this forth.

J Arthur Rank (Quin Tillian), Thursday, 19 January 2006 14:36 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm just gonna keep posting on this thread so that it stays near the top.

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 19 January 2006 17:55 (thirteen years ago) link

radical.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Thursday, 19 January 2006 18:01 (thirteen years ago) link

good idea.

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Thursday, 19 January 2006 18:35 (thirteen years ago) link

its kinda funny that George hasn't varied the structure of his shows in 40 years - introduce the vocalists, do a medley, get some girls from the audience up onstage, then leave while the backing band goes apeshit. But hey if it ain't broke don't fix it...

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 19 January 2006 19:24 (thirteen years ago) link

And it ain't broke. The first time I saw P-Funk was a New Year's Eve show and he did that sequence twice.

Of course they did two 2+ hour sets, so not surprising that he repeated himself.

Still, just great footage. Makes me want purple bell-bottomed overalls.

Erik The Mainer (EZSnappin), Thursday, 19 January 2006 19:35 (thirteen years ago) link

I cannot let this thread die until every last Funkadelic fan has seen this clip...

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 19 January 2006 22:59 (thirteen years ago) link

Martin have you seen this yet?

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Thursday, 19 January 2006 23:33 (thirteen years ago) link

seen it love it! showin everyone!

howell huser (chaki), Thursday, 19 January 2006 23:44 (thirteen years ago) link

man you just don't see stuff like this outside of church

milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 20 January 2006 01:41 (thirteen years ago) link

The video gave me that Homer-in-the-vibrating-chair feeling

disco violence (disco violence), Friday, 20 January 2006 02:08 (thirteen years ago) link

man you just don't see stuff like this outside of church

-- milton parker, January 19th, 2006.

If church had been this good I would have kept going.

Erik The Mainer (EZSnappin), Friday, 20 January 2006 02:27 (thirteen years ago) link

clips from this were the
best part of the PBS
documentary

Haikunym (Haikunym), Friday, 20 January 2006 03:59 (thirteen years ago) link

the opening song is a version of the old spiritual 'glory glory hallelujah since I laid my burdens down'

though yeah they've made some changes

milton parker (Jon L), Friday, 20 January 2006 04:34 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, they are into their own thing.

Tripmaker (SDWitzm), Friday, 20 January 2006 14:59 (thirteen years ago) link

how long is this clip, whimpers the guy on dial-up.

controversial buffalo stance (haitch), Friday, 20 January 2006 15:03 (thirteen years ago) link

maggot brain and friday night and testify in the same song? i will never get tired of watching this.

ZR (teenagequiet), Friday, 20 January 2006 15:08 (thirteen years ago) link

another day, another post of OHMIGAWD THIS IS AMAZING YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 20 January 2006 17:22 (thirteen years ago) link

13:18 haitch

kit brash (kit brash), Friday, 20 January 2006 21:32 (thirteen years ago) link

can any of you rock experts on here say name some other bands this track might remind you of? the vocal oddly makes me think of sabbath (who i really like) for some weirdo reason and then i keep thinking of blue cheer (who i love) as well but theres someone else im thinking of but i cant put my finger on it. is there anyone else the singing on her reminds you of? or are there other bands i will like if i love this song?

okok, Saturday, 21 January 2006 16:19 (thirteen years ago) link

damn

cutty (mcutt), Saturday, 21 January 2006 20:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Is there any way at all to save these videos?

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Saturday, 21 January 2006 20:54 (thirteen years ago) link

how to save them: http://www.tian.cc/2005/11/how-to-save-flash-videos-from-youtube.html

vlc player can view them.

älänbänänä (alanbanana), Saturday, 21 January 2006 21:12 (thirteen years ago) link

so the first one is http://youtube.com/get_video.php?l=165&video_id=6JcWh6KozKQ

älänbänänä (alanbanana), Saturday, 21 January 2006 21:14 (thirteen years ago) link

I have this album
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:51rn288y056a

I can YSI it if anyone is desperate enough to want anything p-funk related.
Theres an eddie hazel song on it called Purple Hazel.

I also have the Axiom Funk album with one of eddie hazels last songs on it.

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Sunday, 22 January 2006 23:05 (thirteen years ago) link

I guess nobody wants it?

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Monday, 23 January 2006 15:43 (thirteen years ago) link

I wouldn't say no

Haikunym (Haikunym), Monday, 23 January 2006 15:58 (thirteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Amazing. Eddie Hazel AND Michael Hampton doing Maggot Brain in 1983
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PSj0ROC8e4&search=eddie%20hazel

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Sunday, 9 July 2006 00:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Too bad you can't fucking see anything!!

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Sunday, 9 July 2006 02:43 (thirteen years ago) link

you can after about a minute when the lights come on and focus on eddie hazel. michael hampton appears halfway through.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Sunday, 9 July 2006 13:46 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...

hmmm ... I think we may have determined the provenance of this "Rat Kissed The Cat" track (here listed as "Rat Kissed the Cat on the Navel")

http://www.dustygroove.com/item.php?id=vzc23y2mtp&ref=index.php

Plunge Protection Team, Friday, 17 April 2009 22:16 (ten years ago) link

Wow! Is that real? Has anyone heard it yet?

Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 17 April 2009 22:30 (ten years ago) link

Wait. "with support from other US Music members, and a fair bit of the current Funkadelic lineup too." Who were US Music?

Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 17 April 2009 22:32 (ten years ago) link

Just Ordered CD from Amazon.co.uk!
http://www.amazon.co.uk/U-S-Music-Funkadelic/dp/B001PA7OQC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1240008871&sr=8-2

Track Listings
1. Broken Heart
2. Baby I Owe You Something Good
3. Be What You Is
4. I Miss My Baby
5. Rat Kiss The Cat On The Naval
6. Baby I Owe You Something Good
7. I Miss My Baby
Product Description
CD Description
The Funkadelic who had made the albums, "Funkadelic", "Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow" and "Maggot Brain" collapsed in on themselves under the pressures of touring and nefarious substances in 1972, although some members shuttled back and forth between Detroit and Toronto and kept recording. One of the side projects embarked upon was an LP by a group called U.S. One single, `Baby I Owe You Something Good' b/w `I Miss My Baby', appeared that year credited to U.S. music with Funkadelic. An album reached test-pressing stage, but until now no more has been heard of it.

U.S. (which stood for United Soul) were from George Clinton's home town of Plainfield, New Jersey. They included future Funkadelic members Gary Shider and brothers Cordell and Larry Mosson. U.S. recorded in Detroit and Toronto with the album produced by Bernie Worrell, Ray Davies and Fuzzy Haskins. In addition it featured many Funkadelic musicians.

The original album master of five tracks includes some prime era Funkadelic grooves, including the outrageous `Rat Kiss The Cat On The Navel' and `Be What You Is', both uptempo psychedelic funk; the wonderful gospel-imbued vocals of Shider on `I Miss My Baby'; and the opener `This Broken Heart'. When the LP wasn't issued the group split up and Funkadelic co-opted some of their members.

This release is part of Ace Record's Westbound 40th Aniversary celebrations. A truly historic lost album it is the first off-shoot from the Parliafunkadelicment Thang, that became a whole industry in itself.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 17 April 2009 22:55 (ten years ago) link

Check out the funkadelic albums poll thread, there was chat on the Funkadelic - Toys cd i got last year. Some amazing stuff on it,
including a truly amazing and superior version of Wars Of Armageddon on it
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toys-Funkadelic/dp/B0000640BB/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1240008993&sr=1-1

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 17 April 2009 22:56 (ten years ago) link

just found this album on blogspot... sounds like the same track, just less murky and a little faster than the original poster's version.

GÖTT DAT SCHING (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 18 April 2009 02:36 (ten years ago) link

nice find - cleaned up version is pretty sweet. Be What You Is sounds like the real find here tho! The rest of this stuff has been released before.

shit was shocking as fuck back then (Shakey Mo Collier), Saturday, 18 April 2009 17:18 (ten years ago) link

loving this

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Saturday, 18 April 2009 21:46 (ten years ago) link

thought it was pretty disappointing, not buying it after checking out the DL and I was very excited going in. thought Toys had some great stuff, though...

jon abbey, Sunday, 19 April 2009 02:42 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iML_01l5Thg

never heard this before. there's a few more song clips floating around - does anyone here actually have the entire concert...? sounds amazing

goat, camel, horse, and water buffalo (Shakey Mo Collier), Saturday, 4 December 2010 15:24 (eight years ago) link

so... no?

goat, camel, horse, and water buffalo (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 6 December 2010 03:53 (eight years ago) link

three years pass...

The poppier version of "Rat Kissed the Cat"on A Fifth of Funk isn't particularly psychedelic but it's pretty awesome nonetheless. Still don't think I've heard the full length version Shakey linked above.

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 10 February 2014 13:54 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

God this fucking tune

Οὖτις, Friday, 24 May 2019 03:16 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

shakey can you send me this please? I lost mine in an old hard drive fail

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Saturday, 6 July 2019 19:29 (four months ago) link


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