THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 10 - 2. GEORGE CLINTON (320kbs-m4a/128mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 6th February 2018
George Clinton shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.
George Clinton didn't just change the path of popular music, he took it to a far-out cosmic dimension. As the driving force behind legendary 70s bands Parliament and Funkadelic, he revolutionised soul and funk music, leading it into some insanely creative and psychedelic territories. A huge and undeniable impact on artists such as Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg Dr. Dre and OutKast, his music is as thrilling as ever, and he remains the one of the most sampled men in the history of music.
George talks about his youth in do-wop bands, working at both Motown and as a songwriter in the legendary Brill Building, and how he took his humble soul band the Parliaments and developed them into a multi-coloured, platinum selling, virtuoso, psychedelic funk rock collective. George's legendary live shows were ground-breaking and he also discusses the Mothership, the iconic UFO stage set that would land at Parliament and Funkadelic gigs. He also talks about the serious battle with drug abuse that stunted his career in the 80s and 90s, getting clean and his musical comeback, and on-going legal crusade to see musicians get recognised and receive royalties for their work being sampled - a battle that has taken him to the federal courts in Washington.
George Clinton - Atomic Dog [Warner]
Parliament - Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) [Casablanca]
The Shirelles - Mama Said [Columbia]
Louis Jordan - Caldonia [Spectrum]
The Spaniels - Goodnight Sweetheart [Ace]
The Parliaments - I Wanna Testify [Revilot]
Parliament - Breakdown [Sequel]
Funkadelic - Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On [Westbound]
Funkadelic - Funky Dollar Bill [Westbound]
Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove [Warners]
Parliament - Give Up The Funk (We Want The Funk)
Funkadelic - (Not Just) Knee Deep [Metro]
De La Soul - Me Myself And I [Tommy Boy]
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
Primal Scream - Give Out But Don't Give Up [Creation]
Prince - Dolphin [Warner Bros]
Funkadelic - Pole Power [The C Kunspyruhzy]