It’s Thursday 22 July 80. done George Clinton, musician who heads his band Parliament / Funkadelic Saved Black Music From “Facelift” To which it was subjected to the commercial consumption of the white public, from a particular style that combined funk, psychedelia and basically a lot of humor.
In this context, Clinton created a colorful universe of her own, where all the clichés of black culture she used to show it to the general public she focused on. A fictional “P-Funk Nation” of which he proclaimed himself the leader absolute.
In addition to staging for musicians coming out of spaceship, colorful dresses, Afro hairstyles up to a meter in height and chaotic movements, the artist took old slogans from official American culture and transformed them into his new order.
Musicians outfitted with spaceships, outrageous costumes and impossible hairdos, Clinton trademarks. Photo AFP Photo / ANP / ADE JOHNSON
Mixing Genres in a Hypnotic Alchemy
Thus he introduced simple slogans such as “Uncle Jam Wants You”, alluding to “Uncle Sam” and his call to fight youth in Vietnam; “One Nation Under a Groove”; “Undisco Kid”; or “In Funk We Trust”, new reading of the phrase on US currency bills; and others that served as invitations to salvation, such as “Free Your Mind… and Your Ace Will Follow”.
It’s all in the rhythm of a musical style that combines elements of older vocal groups. Doo-Wop, Wishful Thinking and Psychedelia, gathered in songs that can be extended over a long period of time under a hypnotic rhythmic pattern and a continuous melodic motif.
A native of North Carolina, Clinton made her music debut as a member of the vocal group The Parliament, while He made a living as a stylistPerhaps an activity that was supposed to provide him with aesthetically related ideas for future artistic projects.
rejection that was the push
The rejection of his group by the Motown label, Factory conditioned black music for mass consumption in a process that concealed its most combative aspects, prompting the musician to take his sonic interests to the extreme.
In 2009, George Clinton commanded a selection of musicians who knew how to warm audiences with an unforgettable cocktail of black sounds. photo Andres D’Elia
In the midst of the fury of hippieism, and inspired by artists such as Sly and the Family Stone and Jimi Hendrix, they created Funkedelic, a musical group destined to develop their own style that defined them. “Funk in Acid”.
But at the same time, after parliament was dissolved, he took up the idea of saving Doo Wop from his new site, to which he eventually renamed his project. Parliament / Funkadelic, in a dynamic where it assumed one or the other denomination according to the musical point of view.
During the 1970s, and surrounded by the best musicians of the genre, such as bassist Bootsy Collins, Parliament/Funkadelic became a tremendous rhythmic machinery That, Live, displays a visual appeal characterized by excess and humour.
As such, Clinton’s artistic activity served not only as a form of resistance to Motown’s cover-up of more radical aspects of black culture, but also to the explosion of disco music.
In the early 80s, the musician disbanded the group, with whom he would return intermittently to begin a solo career years later, but mainly through his work as a producer to increase his mark. for.
Clinton influences range from Prince to Red Hot Chili Peppers. AP Photo/Keystone-Laurent Gillieron
Thus, what Music Oriented Red Hot Chili Peppers It inspired Afrika Bambaataa in its beginnings and a central figure in the birth of hip-hop among others.
Over the years, Clinton made a difference in her public appearances; However, each time he did so, he demonstrated again that his style and artistic concept were unique, and that his humor remained intact.
Enough to review the presence of the group 2006 edition of the traditional Glastonbury festival, when he turned the venue into a giant dance floor, while one of the musicians made fun of him by appearing on stage at his advanced age wearing a geriatric diaper. More George Clinton than that and more Parliament/Funkadelic than that, you don’t get it.
Source: Telam / Hernani Natale