I have ceased being an atheist. I have decided to worship P-Funk.
Earlier in the week I took up a free trial of eMusic, having been directed there by Pitchforkmedia.com. My first purchase was Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain.
Bit of history: when I was in my teens I discovered George Clinton’s 70s bands, Parliament and Funkadelic (as well as the Brides of Dr. Funkenstein). It exhilarated me like no music I’ve heard before or since, but somehow I let it all go before I had even scratched the surface. Perhaps the insane prolificacy of Clinton, Collins, et al proved too daunting to explore fully; perhaps as I was the only person I knew who loved it so much I grew apathetic in a desire to ‘fit in’.
Nevertheless, Maggot Brain took me back. I had known the title track since the early days (of my musical life), but none of the others. Listening to it brought the same exhilaration and I cursed the wasted years.
Anyway, looking the whole thing up on Wikipedia turned up the funniest non-spoof wiki article I’ve yet to find. So I’m officially changing my religion to P-Funk.