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.

Join me.

By Kenny Park

Kenny Park, pro video editor in Avid and Final Cut for over a decade.

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