Discord & Rhyme: An Album Podcast

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014: Funkadelic - Maggot Brain (1971)

"Uponst the madness of the world, Funkadelic prevails as the phallic berserker of hope. Yes, battered and blamed by broxinated vapours."

—George Clinton

Do not attempt to adjust your podcast apps. Discord & Rhyme is devoting the whole month of January to the world of George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic, better known as P-Funk. Though P-Funk eventually came to comprise a single, massive collective of musicians releasing records under the names Parliament and Funkadelic, the two sides of P-Funk have different sounds and histories, and in this episode and the next, we’re going to dive in to what makes each one supergroovalistic. We’re starting with Funkadelic, as Phil takes Ben, Dan, and Mike through 1971’s Maggot Brain, a ragged, scuzzy, surreal album that some consider P-Funk’s crowning achievement. And be sure to come back in two weeks, when Mike will be covering Parliament’s masterpiece Mothership Connection, thus completing the P-Funk cosmology.

Miscellany

  • We apologize in advance to Lenny Kravitz in the unlikely event that he listens to this episode.

  • But not the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

  • If you’re interested in hearing that alternate mix of “Maggot Brain,” we’ve included it on our Spotify playlist.

  • Ray Davis and Ray Davies are not the same person.

Other links

Discord & Rhyme Roll Call

  • Phil Maddox (host)

  • Rich Bunnell (moderator only)

  • Mike DeFabio

  • Benjamin Marlin

  • Dan Watkins

Maggot Brain tracklist

  1. Maggot Brain

  2. Can You Get to That

  3. Hit It and Quit It

  4. You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks

  5. Super Stupid

  6. Back in Our Minds

  7. Wars of Armageddon

Other clips used

Funkadelic:

  • Mommy, What’s a Funkadelic?

  • Free Your Mind … And Your Ass Will Follow

  • Standing On the Verge of Getting it On

  • Biological Speculation

  • One Nation Under a Groove

Others:

  • Jerry Goldsmith - Patton March

  • The Parliaments - (I Wanna) Testify

  • Ween - A Tear for Eddie

  • Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill

  • Eagles - Those Shoes

  • Genesis - Broadway Melody of 1974

  • Tool - Sober

  • KMFDM - Conillon

  • Death - Keep On Knocking

  • Crimson Jazz Trio - 21st Century Schizoid Man

  • Miles Davis - On the Corner

  • The Mothers of Invention - Return of the Son of Monster Magnet

  • Brainticket - Brainticket

Songs we mentioned but didn’t clip

Funkadelic:

  • I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody’s Got a Thing

  • I Wanna Know If It’s Good to You

  • What Is Soul

Others:

  • The Police - Mother

  • MGMT - Kids

  • Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother

  • Pink Floyd - Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast

  • Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away

  • Lenny Kravitz - Can’t Get You Off My Mind

  • Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way

  • Madonna - Into the Groove

Band/album personnel

  • George Clinton, Raymond Davis, Fuzzy Haskins, Calvin Simon, Grady Thomas, Garry Shider, Hot Buttered Soul (Pat Lewis, Diane Lewis and Rose Williams) – vocals

  • Eddie Hazel – guitar, vocals

  • Tawl Ross – guitar, vocals

  • Bernie Worrell – keyboards, vocals

  • Billy Nelson – bass guitar, vocals

  • Tiki Fulwood – drums

Credits

“Discord & Rhyme (theme),” composed by the Other Leading Brand, contains elements of:

  • Amon Düül II - Dehypnotized Toothpaste

  • The Dukes of Stratosphear - What in the World?? ...

  • Faith No More - Midlife Crisis

  • Herbie Hancock - Hornets

  • Kraftwerk - Autobahn

  • Talking Heads - Seen and Not Seen

  • Funkadelic - Hit It and Quit It (this episode only)

You can buy or stream Maggot Brain and other albums by P-Funk at the usual suspects such as Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and Amazon. Follow Discord & Rhyme on Twitter @DiscordPod for news, updates, and other random stuff. Follow Rich @zonetrope, Dan @DanSWatkins, Ben @BenjaminM1019, and Phil @pamaddox. Special thanks to our own Mike DeFabio, the Other Leading Brand, for production, editing, and spontaneously morphing into Producer Mike. See you next album, and be ever wonderful.


UP NEXT

Feel like you need more P-Funk in your life? We thought that might happen, so we’re continuing the saga next time with Mothership Connection, Parliament’s funky sci-fi epic complete with farting dinosaurs. Join us on January 22 to tear the roof off the sucker.