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. As the album ends, so too does it begin, with a stone-cold classic -- "Bop Gun (Endangered Species)." © 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. Turns 20, Oeuvre: David Cronenberg: Crimes of the Future, From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Santa Jaws, From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Stalked By My Doctor: The Return, From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Deadcon. 4. Despite how brilliant bop-gun, Flashlight and Funkentelechy are - Wizard of Finance and Placebo Syndrome are my faviurites on this wonderous piece of funky delight. Far from settling into their groove, however, Parliament would use these avant-R&B classics as a launchpad for their wildest statement yet. Both the poster and the comic book were illustrated by Overton Loyd. Surfer Blood's 2010 debut put them on the map, but their critical sizzle soon faded. The song "Sir Nose d'Voidoffunk (Pay Attention – B3M)" contains nursery rhymes "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep" and "Three Blind Mice"; the lyrics were changed to make reference to drug use. The genius of George Clinton and Parliament was that they packaged their politics in music that seemed to stain the skin upon the first listen. The album spawned the R&B number #1 single in "Flash Light", which features a funky synthesizer bass line played on a Minimoog by keyboardist Bernie Worrell. 1977 found Clinton and his funk mob touring the country in perhaps the most elaborate stage show ever produced by a black musician. Another song title says it all -- "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk (Pay Attention -- B3M)." We aim to make it a seamless experience for readers. If Mothership Connection was Parliament’s Maggot Brain, the true introduction of a maverick act reaching maturity with a work of staggeringly advanced pop, Funkentelechy could perhaps be their Standing on the Verge of Getting It On, the album that consolidated its legendary predecessor’s strength into the band’s most consistent yet forward-thinking statement. The Placebo Syndrome Parliament R&B/Soul • 1977 Play Shuffle. Hey you guys and gals I,m looking for just the comic book . Of course, one cannot leave out “Sir Nose d’Voidoffunk,” one of Clinton’s most demented epics. The mammoth “Funkentelechy” is maximum robo-funk, a caterwauling collision of Horny Horns fills and a jittery interplay between Collins and Worrell that slowly takes over the audio space as the track floats deeper and deeper into space. “Bop Gun (Endangered Species)” teases the listener with a brittle, halting guitar line as it opens, only to immediately give way to a burst of horns that announces a lurch into laser-beam synths and swampy bass. Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome introduces the villain, the fight for freedom itself, and a gloriously shiny victory. Yet the rest of the album is just as ambitious. "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk" is a political allegory hidden in a series of nursery rhymes. For nearly nine minutes, the band grinds through one of their all-timer party jams; plenty of disco and funk bands of the ‘70s relied on group vocals to craft a party atmosphere, but Parliament was the only group whose giant chant numbers were so huge that you, the listener, felt like you were there shouting with them. The base line on Wizard of Finance in particular is audacious. this bugger is pretty noisy and scuffed on first listen... not a great deal of low end either. From the Vaults of Streaming Hell: Alexandria…Why? I looked here and couldn't find any information about it. It is a loose concept album warning the listener of falling into the "Placebo Syndrome," which according to George Clinton is consumerism, and listening to disco music, which he saw as a simplification of funk music in attempt to gain commercial success. 4:24 PREVIEW Funkentelechy. "Bop Gun" is the opening shot of the most hysterically entertaining war ever conceived. 1, Eartheater: Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin, Resequence: Chance the Rapper: The Big Day, Resequence: The National: I Am Easy to Find, Rediscover: John Frusciante: The Will to Death, Revisit: The Who: Quadrophenia: Live in London, Holy Hell! Find album credit information for Funkentelechy Vs. Film both reflected and refracted the homophobia. Genres: P-Funk. So great that it shivers with joy. Want to get it for my husband for his birthday . PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have until December to move off their service. Starchild warns continually "Syndrome, Tweedle-dee-dee-dum, Humdrum don't succumb!". ... Funkentelechy Vs. Wildflowers is a masterpiece because Tom Petty was a good enough songwriter by that point to communicate exactly what was on his mind in the most devastating way possible. …, It is here, and not on Black Tie White Noise, that the Bowie renaissance truly began. Want to get it for my husband for his birthday . Enjoy this excerpt of cultural anthropologist Maureen Mahon's Black Diamond Queens, courtesy of Duke University Press. 6. The album is Clinton’s cri de coeur against the simplicity of so many of his peers, a castigation of mistaking brainless conformity for chart appeal. Thank you in advance. All rights reserved.PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated. probably the same for all casablanca Parliament reissues with the same label format... Hey you guys and gals I,m looking for just the comic book . Both the fight and the fun continue with the introduction of "the subliminal seducer" Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk, who wants to seduce listeners into the Syndrome, robbing them of their free thought. ABBA's winning – if slightly uneven – seventh album Super Trouper is reissued on 45rpm vinyl for its birthday. The Placebo Syndrome, LP, Album, CALH 2021. Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome is a funk album by Parliament, released in 1977 (see 1977 in music). This was originally released with the poster of sir nose and the 8-Page comic also in Germany! And if the rubber-band basslines and partyup intensity of Mothership Connection has since filtered so thoroughly into pop’s bloodstream that it seems like the apotheosis of its era rather than a strange outlier, Funkentelechy remains abstruse and impenetrable. By 1977, Parliament was operating at its peak. AWESOME! It lays fair claim to being the single best LP that Clinton ever put his name to, and its grooves remain as dense as they are compulsively danceable. 3. While UK anxiety-pop auteurs the Wombats are currently hibernating, frontman Matthew "Murph" Murphy goes it alone with a new band, a mess of deprecating new earworms, and revived energy. 6 Songs. The original vinyl release contained a 22" by 33" inch poster of the character "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk", as well as an 8-page comic book that explains the concept behind the LP. Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome presents Parliament's most vivid picture. But in doing so it only made Clinton’s point, as he shoved his strange sonic obsessions into elaborate new realms of squelching bass, chopped horn sections, call-and-response vocals and intergalactic keyboards.

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