George Clinton, a chronic highly talented music man, and the ringleader and master of the great walls of Parliament gave birth to the funky of all funky music in the early 70s.
If you can picture rythem and blues, and add some spice to them such as, off beat sound effects distorted guitar and booming bass lines with a taste of jazz and ancient hip hop, you’ll have Parliment.
Parliment in the late 70s, was number one on the soul charts. They had several big hits such as Flash light, Dr. Funkenstien, Aqua boogie, Bop gun, Mothership Connection (Star Child) Testify, Mr. Wiggles and much, much more!
When people heard the lyrics and the music for the first time, they found it to be off beat, yet highly uplifting like a strong solid boogie woogie.
Soon Parliament was known world wide. They would have concerts in Euope, Australia and Japan.
On stage in concert, the band’s costumes were off beat. They dressed like crazy out of their mind zulus. But the audience was screaming, dancing and stomping their feet and clapping.
Aside from the music being crazy and off beat, yet highly stimulating, the people who went to see Parliament live in concert found it to be a kick and a half.All in all Parliment’s music in concert, made people go ballistic.
African American and white people found Parliment to be the best of soul. JamesBrown and Kool And The Gang was not half as outstanding as the super groove of Parliament.
At first in early 1978, When I heard, Flashlight for the first time on the radio, it was so electronic and highly stimulating I started to get up and dance.
Soon after that, I bought the whole album and cranked it like there was no tomarrow.
Parliment stopped playing in 1980, but their music will always be around.