Parliament - The Motor Booty Affair (1978)

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As a self-admitted P-Funk connoisseur, I'd say this is George Clinton's masterpiece as a producer. An endless
stream of keyboards, layered vocals and irresistible Bootsy basslines. This album perfected the psychedelic funk
ambitions of Clinton and has aged the best. A great summer album and stupifying with headphones, this is a underrated gem of genius dance music.

As far as favorite tracks goes, the addicting bassline of the title track barely edges out Aqua Boogie...

How sick is the gatefold with the cutouts?

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop) 8
The Motor-Booty Affair 4
One of Those Funky Things 2
Liquid Sunshine 2
Rumpofsteelskin 1
(You're a Fish and I'm A) Water Sign 1
Mr. Wiggles 0
Deep 0


DustyLoops, Monday, 27 April 2009 04:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

One vote for One of Those Funky Things. Have to concur with this being Clinton's best production effort - went with Funky Things mainly because its the best showcase of the album's vocal shenanigans. Plus its just so god damn giddy.

Jedmond, Monday, 27 April 2009 04:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yes! Used to own the LP with cutouts, but someone absconded with it years ago. Must re-own...

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Monday, 27 April 2009 14:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

Cosign on the production and esp. the headphones! Just wish there was one unabashed dance track like "Flash Light." My vote is for "Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)" because after all these years I still haven't cataloged all of its sounds.

Kevin John Bozelka, Monday, 27 April 2009 14:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

^

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 27 April 2009 14:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

Rumpofsteelskin fo me...living and jiving and diggin the scene he's in...Junie Morrison sounds like he was involved a lot on this one...

sonnyboy, Monday, 27 April 2009 14:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

title track

shit was shocking as fuck back then (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 27 April 2009 15:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

Damn, didn't know it was a gatefold - my old Canadian pressing wasn't... :(

I wish he hadn't adapted my critique of his "ilxor" moniker (Myonga Vön Bontee), Monday, 27 April 2009 21:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'll go with the title track, though I way prefer Mothership Connection

Alex in NYC, Monday, 27 April 2009 22:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

YOU CAN DANCE UNDERWATER AND NOT GET WET

51 tears (The Reverend), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 03:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'M TOO COOL TO SWIM OR DANCE

51 tears (The Reverend), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 03:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

Damn, Liquid Sunshine still isn't getting any love. It's a fuckin experience of a tune, of the most psychedelic in P-Funk's catalogue.

DustyLoops, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 03:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

Funny story..

I went hit up this vinyl spot in Hollywood on a day off, looking for old funk LPs. Lo and behold, the owner of the shop was on the phone with George himself, talking about sales figures. Apparently George had been in the shop a day earlier, buying his own albums on vinyl (including a MBA picture disk)

Said owner then told stories of kicking it with P-Funk in the 80s and George being so trashed he forgot his wife's name...

DustyLoops, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 03:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop!

ABSOLUTELY NO SCRUBS WHATSOEVER, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 04:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

This is really tough - I keep thinking of reasons to vote for just about every song here, I'll have to ponder...

Moodles, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 04:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

The bassline on "Aqua Boogie" seals it for me, but I do like the guppy claps in "Mr. Wiggles."

Nurse Detrius (Eric H.), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 04:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

Maybe "Liquid Sunshine", will re-listen to the album

Sacco, Vanzetti, Passantino... (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 09:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him snort coke

DustyLoops, Saturday, 9 May 2009 04:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 23 May 2009 23:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 24 May 2009 23:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

I love this album, and totally unsure what I would have voted for.. 'Rumpofsteelskin', 'Aqua Boogie' (those bird calls!), 'Liquid Sunshine', the title track with that phenomenal bassline... up there with the very best of the Parliament stuff, in my humble opinion.

Welcome To (Turrican), Tuesday, 21 October 2014 22:01 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I've been on a bit of a Parliament binge over the last couple of days, and fucking hell... Mothership Connection, Funkentelechy vs. The Placebo Syndrome and this felt like some kinda holy trinity of "the funk" ... I only wish I liked The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein as much.

But... could you imagine a formation in your lemonade? Ho! (Turrican), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 21:20 (two years ago) Permalink

same here, but including the Funkadelic and P-Funk All-Stars stuff from around then. Never loved Parliament as much as Funkadelic, but they were on a pretty amazing run then. Check some of the marathon live shows on you tube from those tours -- songs get stretched to 20-30 mins, and they never lose much intensity or groove

Dominique, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 21:24 (two years ago) Permalink

clones is wonderful

Cosmic Slop, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 21:27 (two years ago) Permalink

sound of Clones is weirdly flatter/more high end than the others and there's some reason George has given for that but I forget what it was

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 21:39 (two years ago) Permalink

I generally lean more towards the Funkadelic side of P-funk than the Parliament side, and to say that Funkadelic put out some wonderful music from 1969-1975 is a bit of an understatement: Funkadelic, Free Your Mind...And Your Ass Will Follow, Maggot Brain, Cosmic Slop and Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On are all indispensable records for me, and America Eats Its Young and Let's Take It To The Stage are at the very least very good records, I think.

I do think the Funkadelic catalogue starts to get a little patchy around the time Parliament start to hit their stride circa Mothership Connection... One Nation Under A Groove is, of course, an unfuckwithable classic, and I think Uncle Jam Wants You and the underrated The Electric Spanking Of War Babies were decent. I've never been much of a fan of The Tales of Kidd Funkadelic or Hardcore Jollies, though.

I think Parliament had the edge in the latter half of the '70s, really.

But... could you imagine a formation in your lemonade? Ho! (Turrican), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 21:51 (two years ago) Permalink

xpost to Shakey:

Yeah, that's probably one of the reasons I haven't warmed to it as much as those other three, it doesn't sound as full or as powerful as those other records.

But... could you imagine a formation in your lemonade? Ho! (Turrican), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 21:54 (two years ago) Permalink

I think Parliament had the edge in the latter half of the '70s

I wouldn't really argue this point, they were the most commercially successful and as such George seemed to give those releases the most attention, but let's not forget that after '76 he was putting out a *lot* of shit, and as a result the great stuff just got spread around. Whereas before there was maybe just a couple main acts divvying up material, after '76 he's got like half a dozen.

I will try to find that explanation about Clones, it does sound different than the others imo

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 22:01 (two years ago) Permalink

I think he was trying to make more of a 'pop' record. So less bass, more emphasis on vocals and brass.

(Henry) Green container bin with face (Tom D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 22:14 (two years ago) Permalink

it was something like that - his attempt at the Philly Soul sound? I can't find it

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 22:15 (two years ago) Permalink

So maybe lacks a little bit of oomph but the songs are great though.

(Henry) Green container bin with face (Tom D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 22:15 (two years ago) Permalink

I have to agree with the opinion expressed early on itt about Motor Booty Affair being possibly Clinton's best production... the bottom end on this thang sounds so thick, and there's so much colourful detail throughout.

Junie certainly wasted no time in putting his fingerprints on everything when he joined the P-funk mob, did he? You can pretty much hear the effect he had when he joined when you go through the records.

But... could you imagine a formation in your lemonade? Ho! (Turrican), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 22:16 (two years ago) Permalink

He sort of did the same with Funkadelic on "Cosmic Slop", edged down the madness a notch or two, slipped in a few poppy numbers.

(Henry) Green container bin with face (Tom D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 22:18 (two years ago) Permalink

well sure - but it's not the material, it's the sound of the album that sounds different. maybe it's just my CD reissue.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 22:20 (two years ago) Permalink

No, it's much lighter all round, definitely, much less bottom end.

(Henry) Green container bin with face (Tom D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 22:22 (two years ago) Permalink

Mid-period Funkadelic still had quite a bit of madness, though!

In fact, I don't think Clinton ever got the psychedelia out of system full stop... the later Funkadelic and post-1974 Parliament sound vastly cleaner and less unhinged than something like Free Your Mind..., but the psychedelic elements never really went away completely!

But... could you imagine a formation in your lemonade? Ho! (Turrican), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 22:26 (two years ago) Permalink

A notch or two I said.

(Henry) Green container bin with face (Tom D.), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 22:33 (two years ago) Permalink

anyone ever heard Junie's mid-70s solo albums?

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 22:49 (two years ago) Permalink

I've heard the odd cut, but none of 'em in full. I'll bet you Kerr's heard 'em all!

But... could you imagine a formation in your lemonade? Ho! (Turrican), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 22:57 (two years ago) Permalink

The bassline on the title track. Oh, man.

But... could you imagine a formation in your lemonade? Ho! (Turrican), Thursday, 5 May 2016 17:49 (two years ago) Permalink

I think Junie played pretty much all the instruments on that track (including the bassline) and on several others, actually. Probably the most gifted one man band in black pop before Prince, who owes him more than a little.

Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Thursday, 5 May 2016 18:33 (two years ago) Permalink

He's definitely the primary instrumentalist on 'The Electric Spanking of War Babies' ... That's kinda something when you think about it, given that Parliament/Funkadelic personnel credits at one point read like a novel!

But... could you imagine a formation in your lemonade? Ho! (Turrican), Thursday, 5 May 2016 19:15 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

"(You're A Fish And I'm A) Water Sign" is just sublime. Wish there were more p-funk slow jams like it. "Wizard of Finance" and "Placebo Syndrome" from Funkentelechy kind of scratch the same itch.

J. Sam, Saturday, 21 May 2016 01:27 (two years ago) Permalink

'Wizard of Finance' is my favourite of all the Parliament slow jams!

Turrican, Saturday, 21 May 2016 01:37 (two years ago) Permalink

I think Junie played pretty much all the instruments on that track (including the bassline) and on several others, actually. Probably the most gifted one man band in black pop before Prince, who owes him more than a little.

You guys maybe recently watched the video of Prince inducing P-Funk into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, right? Junie is so soft spoken and sweet and unassuming, says something like "I didn't really know if I was going to be invited to this."

The Wally Funk Bible (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 May 2016 01:40 (two years ago) Permalink

I haven't seen it, but... are you kidding me!? Late '70s P-funk wouldn't have been anywhere near the same without him!

Turrican, Saturday, 21 May 2016 01:47 (two years ago) Permalink

Click on the link just posted on the RIP thread and have a look see for yourself.

The Wally Funk Bible (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 21 May 2016 02:18 (two years ago) Permalink

'liquid sunshine' is happiness

6 god none the richer (m bison), Saturday, 21 May 2016 03:20 (two years ago) Permalink

'Rumpofsteelskin', such a fucking jam.

Turrican, Saturday, 21 May 2016 23:59 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

The title cut and "Deep" make for one helluva twosome -- threesome if I'm involved.

You like queer? I like queer. Still like queer. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 October 2018 21:27 (one week ago) Permalink


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