Funkadelic (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 24, 1970
StudioTera Shirma Sound Studios, Detroit, Michigan
ProducerGeorge Clinton
Funkadelic chronology
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Funkadelic is the debut album by the American funk rock band Funkadelic, released in 1970 on Westbound Records.[1]


The group that would become Funkadelic was formed by George Clinton in 1964, as the unnamed backing section for his doo wop group The Parliaments.[2] Funkadelic signed to Westbound in 1968. Around this time, the group's music evolved from soul and doo wop into a harder guitar-driven mix of psychedelic rock, soul and funk, much influenced by the popular musical (and political) movements of the time. Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, The MC5, and Vanilla Fudge were major inspirations.[3] The band made their first live television performance on Say Brother on October 7, 1969. They played a jam with songs "Into My Own Thing", "What Is Soul?", "(I Wanna) Testify", "I Was Made to Love Her" (a Stevie Wonder cover), "Friday Night, August 14th" and "Music for My Mother".

On the group's self-titled debut, the credits listed organist Mickey Atkins plus Clinton, Tiki Fulwood, Eddie Hazel, Billy "Bass" Nelson, and Tawl Ross. The recording also included the rest of the Parliaments singers (still uncredited because of contractual concerns), several uncredited session musicians then employed by Motown, as well as Ray Monette (of Rare Earth) and future P-Funk mainstay Bernie Worrell.

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Retrospective reviews
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideC+[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[8]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[citation needed]

In conjunction with the release of Funkadelic, Westbound Records circulated a promotional single called "Focus on Funkadelic" to radio stations. The single features six snippets of tracks from the LP.

According to critic Robert Christgau, Funkadelic's "dark, slow, tuneless" music was originally panned and "scared the bejesus out of fans of upful blackness on both sides of America's widening racial divide".[5] Writing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Christgau jokingly referred to Clinton as "someone from Carolina who encountered eternity on LSD and vowed to contain it in a groove."[6] Years later, Christgau rated the album as "a prequel to Sly and the Family Stone's depressive There's a Riot Goin' On".[5] Mojo later hailed Funkadelic as "the best blues-influenced, warped acid rock you're likely to hear",[9] and The Mojo Collection (2007) called it the band's first album of "spaced-out psychedelic funk".[10] AllMusic's Jason Birchmeier said the recordings are "essentially conventional soul songs in the spirit of Motown or Stax -- steady rhythms, dense arrangements, choruses of vocals -- but with a loud, overdriven, fuzzy guitar lurking high in the mix". He deemed the album "a revealing and unique record that's certainly not short on significance, clearly marking the crossroads between '60s soul and '70s funk".[4]

"I'll Bet You" was later covered by The Jackson 5 on their album ABC, and sampled by the Beastie Boys for their song "Car Thief". The 2005 CD reissue also contains their version of "Can't Shake It Loose", which was recorded two years prior by Diana Ross & The Supremes on their album Love Child. In more recent years, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have combined the main riff of "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?" and certain parts of the lyrics from "What Is Soul?" in live shows, a version which appears as a B-Side on their 2002 single "By the Way".


I'll Bet You got to No. 22 on the US Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart. I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing also reached No. 30 on the US Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart.[11][12]

Track listing[edit]

Side One
1."Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?"George Clinton9:04
2."I'll Bet You"George Clinton, Sidney Barnes, Theresa Lindsey6:10
3."Music for My Mother"George Clinton, Edward Hazel, William Nelson5:37
4."I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing"Clarence Haskins3:52
Side Two
5."Good Old Music"George Clinton7:59
6."Qualify and Satisfy"George Clinton, Edward Hazel6:15
7."What Is Soul"George Clinton7:40
2005 CD reissue bonus tracks (Alternate 45 versions and non-album b-sides)
8."Can't Shake It Loose" (recorded in 1969 and scheduled as Westbound W 149)George Clinton, Sidney Barnes, Joanne Jackson, Rose Marie McCoy2:28
9."I Bet You" (Westbound W 150)George Clinton, Sidney Barnes, Theresa Lindsey4:10
10."Music for My Mother" (Westbound W 148)George Clinton, Edward Hazel, William Nelson5:17
11."As Good as I Can Feel" (recorded in 1969 and scheduled as Westbound W 149 (instrumental))George Clinton, Clarence Haskins2:31
12."Open Our Eyes" (Westbound W 150)Leon Lumpkins3:58
13."Qualify and Satisfy" (45 version – Westbound W 150)George Clinton, Edward Hazel3:00
14."Music for My Mother" (Instrumental 45 version – Westbound W 149)George Clinton, Edward Hazel, William Nelson6:14




  • Eddie Hazel – lead guitar, backing vocals on "Mommy, What's What's A Funkadelic?"; vocals on "I Bet You" & "Can't Shake It Loose", all Lead Vocals on "Open Our Eyes"; bridge vocals on "I Got a Thing"
  • Lucius "Tawl" Ross – rhythm guitar
  • Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood – drums on (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13)
  • Billy "Bass" Nelson – bass guitar on (3, 4, 6); backing vocals; lead vocals on "Good Old Music"
  • Mickey Atkins – Hammond organ on (5, 6, 7)

The Parliaments[edit]

  • George Clinton – lead vocals on "Mommy, What's A Funkadelic?" & "What is Soul", vocal on "Can't Shake It Loose"
  • Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins – vocals on "I Bet You" and "Good Old Music"
  • Calvin Simon – lead vocals on "Qualify and Satisfy"; vocals on "I Bet You" and "Can't Shake It Loose"
  • Ray Davis – vocals on "I Bet You"
  • Grady Thomas – vocals on "I Bet You"

Additional musicians[edit]


  • Produced by George Clinton
  • Engineering by Milan Bogden, Russ Terrana, Ed Wolfrum, Bryan Dombrowski
  • The Graffiteria – artwork[1]


Year Charts Peak
1971 US Billboard Soul Albums 8[13]
US Billboard 200 126


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  3. ^ Vincent, Rickey. Parliament-Funkadelic. Encyclopædia Britannica.
  4. ^ a b Jason Birchmeier (1971-09-12). "Funkadelic – Funkadelic | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  5. ^ a b c Christgau, Robert (August 2008). "The Guide: Back Catalogue: Funkadelic". Blender. New York. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Funkadelic: Funkadelic". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the '70s. Da Capo Press. ISBN 0306804093. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  7. ^ Dominique Leone (2005-08-03). "Funkadelic: Funkadelic / Free Your Mind / Maggot Brain / America Eats Its Young Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  8. ^ Nathan Brackett; Christian David Hoard (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 316. ISBN 9780743201698. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  9. ^ a b "Review". Mojo. January 2003. p. 110.
  10. ^ Magazine, Various Mojo (November 2007). Funkadelic. Canongate Books. ISBN 9781847676436. Retrieved 25 April 2017. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)
  11. ^ "Funkadelic: I'll Bet You (Hot Soul Songs)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Funkadelic: I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing (Hot Soul Songs)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Funkadelic: Funkadelic (Top Soul Albums)". Billboard.