Where the hell do I start with Parliament/Funkadelic?

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Pedro did something that is really rare imo, he made sitting down to listen to an album a real absorbing event. I can remember getting those mid-period Funkadelic albums, sitting down to listen to the album, and just poring over the liner notes and comic panels and hyper-detailed portraits and sleeve designs while listening, it was like entering another world for 35-40 minutes, not doing anything else. A proto-"multimedia" magic marker experience. From record to record there were references, running jokes, characters, recurring themes - a narrative. And not a narrative like today's where the focus is on the performer and their persona, but on this whole other weird alternate universe that mashed together horror movies, comic books, science fiction, blaxploitation, mysticism, conspiracy theories, African American lit, pornography, made-up slang, it's just so rich. There are not a lot of times I can recall where I would listen to an album and *not do anything else*, because it wasn't just an album, it had this whole other hyper-detailed (and funny!) aspect to it. Clinton got other guys later on that did their own version of this, but Bell was the originator and the best imo.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 28 August 2019 18:21 (eleven months ago) link

Totally agree, A+ post.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 29 August 2019 11:39 (eleven months ago) link

Seconded

The Fearless Thread Killers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 29 August 2019 12:26 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

H/T to Ned for sending this to my Twitter feed:

Funkadelic LP artist Pedro Bell once told me a woman, Cathy Abel, designed the official Funkadelic logo. When I shared this years ago with folks, misogynists & non-believers thought I was making ish up. Last wknd, while looking in “El-Lay”’s P-archives, look what I found (‘72)... pic.twitter.com/DMXESax2Re

— DJ Soul Sister (@djsoulsister) October 7, 2019

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 14:01 (nine months ago) link

Cool.

Let them eat Pfifferlinge an Schneckensauce (Tom D.), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 14:06 (nine months ago) link


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