Thursday, July 3, 2014

40 Year Itch : Happy as a Monkey with a Peanut Machine

    July 1974 is one of the funkiest months on record. Exhibit #1 is the second album from Parliament, Up For the Down Stroke, released on July 3. Signed to Casablanca Records and joined by members of James Brown's band ( including bassist Bootsy Collins and the Horny Horns), George Clinton got a chance to wipe the slate clean from the psychedelic funk rock directions of Funkadelic and set his sights on Pure OUTrageous Cosmic Funk with heaping sides of sexual innuendo. The result is Parliament's first Top 10 R and B hit : the anthemic " Up For the Down Stroke". There are plenty of deep cut nuggets as well. Check out "The Goose".

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