By request from Mitchell New Zealand:
1. "P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)" 7:41
2. "Mothership Connection (Star Child)" 6:13
3. "Unfunky UFO" 4:23
5. "Handcuffs" 4:02
6. "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)" 5:46
7. "Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples" 5:10
I was hesitant to make this revew at first because I was concerned that people would ignore my Dr. Funkenstein and Funkentelechy reviews and only read this one. However, considering that they were basically ignored anyways (especially the Dr. Funkenstein review), then I thought, "what the hell's the difference?". So, here we go.
Other than Maggot Brain and One Nation Under a Groove, Mothership Connection is probably the most well known P-Funk album. This album is so funky and weird and in your face it's almost like a characature of an outlandish funk album. Star Child, with the help of a cast of characters is trying to spread the gospel of the funk throughout the universe. Basically, if you're not shaking your booty to a cornucopia of slap bass, horns, keys, drumming, back up singers, et al, then maybe you need to do some soul searching. Star Child is here to help. As humanity, we need to come together and create such a collective energy so that this alone can power the Mothership to blast off and we can live in an eternal funky conciousness among the stars. I guess this is George Clnton's drug addled version of heaven, and to be honest, it actually sounds pretty awesome.
In my opinion, probably the best attribute of this album is that it ushered forth a golden age of live excellance for the band. Clinton, the puppet master, took the opportunity to use each concert as a microcosm of his funk utopia. He actually had a fake spaceship built and took it on tour. At the climax of Mothership Connection/Swing Down Sweet Chariot, Tragic Hero Glen Goins (who's untimely death at 24 is described in my previous review) would use his gritty, soulful voice to call in the Mothership, which would blast into the funk cosmos. But don't take my word for it:Here's what happens when you take a lot of drugs
And just for shits and giggles, I'll throw in this classic P-Funk performance (I bet you've never seen a guy wearing diapers rip a guitar solo like this before):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ril94tt0YGA