Aug 28, 2015

Roots & Rhythm: Parliament - "Getting To Know You"

Hands down Parliament is one of my favorite things. Ever. In life. Top 10 for sure.

Parliament: Anything goes. Everything goes.
I love the freedom. The music, the clothing choices and their live performances were always full of the unexpected. They came along during a time where there were a few others in this space, but George Clinton's ability to recreate the band but maintain the sound has made him infamous.

Although I had heard the music before, I must credit Dr. Dre with my proper introduction to Parliament. His samples made me curious and I have been listening to them since then. Over time, I've realized how many artists of our time were influenced by George Clinton even if you didn't hear it in their music.

George Clinton: His hair always has a life of its own.
Outkast, Janelle Monae, Kenrick Lamar, Prince, and many, many others have written or performed with George Clinton creating some of my favorites including, "Synthesizer" from Aquemeni by Outkast. Quietly, George Clinton has remained active musically despite a lifestyle that did not always support his health. It is good to see him perform with my current favorites.

Despite the wild costuming and futuristic sound, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic created beautiful love songs as well. Here is one of my absolute favorites, "Getting To Know You" from The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein.

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