1. "Bop Gun (Endangered Species)" (G. Clinton/G. Shider/B. Collins) – 8:31
2. "Sir Nose d'Voidoffunk [Pay Attention – B3M]" (G. Clinton/W. Collins/B. Worrell) – 10:04
3. "Wizard of Finance" (G. Clinton/R. Ford/G. Goins) – 4:23
4. "Funkentelechy" (G. Clinton/W. Collins) – 10:56
5. "Placebo Syndrome" (G. Clinton/B. Nelson) – 4:20
6. "Flash Light" (G. Clinton/W. Collins/B. Worrell) – 5:46
If you're not familiar with the wonderful world and music of George Clinton and P-Funk, then you have a large hole to fill in your music library.
However, I must warn you. These guys did/do a lot of drugs, hard and soft. Here's a picture of Clinton:
It shows fairly often in their music. If you dive in to the vast collective discography of sister bands Funkadelic and Parliament, don't be surprised to run into some wacked out song titles ("Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication"? "Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo-Doo Chasers)"? WTF!?), and the occasional 10 minute African tribal freakout, among other qualities. I mean, shit, look at the title of the album I'm reviewing! Unfortunately, a large number of people can't get past this aspect and fail to see the musical heart of Parliament. P-Funk ruled the underground Black music scene in the latter half of the 1970s. Their catalog was raided for musical inspiration by many pioneering hip hop artists.
Anyways, before I turn this into a Parliament/Funkadelic biography, I'll get to the album. Funkentelechy finds itself at the tail end of a massive three album run by Parliament. Mothership Connection -> The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein -> Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome may be the finest album run in funk history. The final album, while lacking the PR of Mothership Connection, is the best of the bunch. They are all fantastic though. This one has all the Parliament/P-Funk trademarks. Infectious beats, sexy female back-up singers, huge brass and sax arrangements, gritty, soulful male vocals, an array of keyboard sounds, weird lyrics (many times sung by Clinton's deep voice), and thick bass lines that are funkier than your momma's breath.
I'd recommend listening to the previous two albums to get the full effect, as they introduce characters from the P-Funk universe. The main ones are Dr. Funkenstein, Star Child, and Sir Nose D’Voidoffunk. Basically, Dr. Funkenstein is trying to spread funk over the universe, and people who hate music (and especially dancing, probably supposed to represent white people) are trying to stop him.
In this album, Star Child, who works for Dr. Funkenstein, defeats Sir Nose, forcing him to dance.
Highlights include the massively funky and epic "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk", the equally huge "Funkentelechy", and the rump shakers "Bop Gun" and "Flashlight". Even the breather tracks like the motown-derived "Wizard of Finance" and "Placebo Syndrome" are very enjoyable. Coming in just shy of 45 minutes, this is a great album, front to back.