Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome

Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome

by Parliament


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Parliament simply poured it on for this amazing album, clearly one of its all-time best. At least one band named itself after a lyric -- Urge Overkill, taken from the song "Funkentelechy" itself -- while the amount of times this album has been sampled for the music is uncountable. Besides having an absolutely wonderful name, it contained at least three of the finest Parliament tunes ever, including arguably its signature song. "Flash Light," which closes Funkentelechy on a riotous high, has it all -- a brilliant fake ending, instant singalong value, a synth-bassline to kill for from Bernie Worrell, and so much more. As the album ends, so too does it begin, with a stone-cold classic -- "Bop Gun (Endangered Species)." Starting with a brisk little guitar figure and beat, it turns into an instant party on all fronts, with great lead vocals and an addictive chorus, the Horny Horns and company hitting the grooves and blasting hard. Worrell's laser noises and shimmering keyboard leads and Cordell Mosson's monster bass squelches send everything all that much more over the top. Another song title says it all -- "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk (Pay Attention -- B3M)." Treated with vocoders to an absurd degree, Sir Nose became the legendary enemy of funk, specifically the Starchild, on many a P-Funk recording (that's the two of them on the hilarious cover, the Starchild himself operating the Bop Gun). The throwaway lines in this song are almost legendary in and of themselves, while the music itself is a great slow build and burn rhythm that piles more on as it goes, with singers, horns, and more taking it to a climax. "Funkentelechy" and "The Placebo Syndrome" both have plenty of goodness as well, while "Wizards of Finance" is an amusing retro diversion, helping make Funkentelechy the highlight it is.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/1990
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0042282450128
catalogNumber: 824501
Rank: 33090

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Parliament   Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Maceo Parker   Horn
Jerome Brailey   Percussion,Drums
George Clinton   Vocals
Raymond Davis   Vocals
Rick Gardner   Horn
Glen Goins   Guitar,Vocals
Richard "Kush" Griffith   Horn
Michael Hampton   Guitar
Clay Lawrey   Horn
Lynn Mabry   Vocals
Cordell Mosson   Bass,Vocals
Garry Shider   Guitar,Vocals
Dawn Silva   Vocals
Jeanette "Baby" Washington   Vocals
Fred Wesley   Horn
Debbie Wright   Vocals
Darryl Dixon   Horn
Danny Cortez   Horn
Valerie Drayton   Horn

Technical Credits

Bill Nelson   Composer
Bernie Worrell   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Bootsy Collins   Composer
George Clinton   Composer,Producer
Ron Ford   Composer
Garry Shider   Composer
Jim Vitti   Engineer
Fred Wesley   Horn Arrangements
Stephen Lumel   Artwork
Glenn Goins   Composer

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Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion Parliaments finest effort.Mothership Connection being a CLOSE 2nd.The title cut Funkentelechy is vintage Parliament.Flash Light of course is Parliaments commercial best.A must for all Funk fans!