Be the first to know when they tour near Fischbach, Germany. Parliament-Funkadelic are a psychedelic funk collective lead by singer and songwriter George Clinton. Iterations of both groups have been performing since their formation in , and have released 24 studio albums between them, making them massively influential to post-punk and post-disco groups, and the founding fathers of P-funk. Taking their name from a brand of cigarettes that was popular at the time, Clinton began to form The Parliaments as a vocal quintet in The song was so good that Motown got in contact with Clinton and employed him as an in-house songwriter and producer. Taking the recently formed backing band, he christened them Funkadelic with the help of their bass player Billy Nelson and got them signed to Westbound Records in Both projects released their debut albums in , and since then both bands have continued releasing albums to this day with a large, revolving line-up of musicians. Even past members of the band have gone on to see great success in their own right, with their bassist Bootsy Collins going on to become a funk icon on the level of Clinton himself after his time in the band. For making the music world at large a more colourful, fun and exciting place for everyone regardless of race, colour or creed, Parliament-Funkadelic come highly recommended.
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Your entry point into one of the most influential musical legacies of the past 50 years. But we can start with its progenitor, George Clinton. Beginning with doo-wop outfit The Parliaments, later shortened to Parliament, then expanding into the concurrent Funkadelic, and branching off into a convoluted family tree of affiliated acts and murky rights to band names and music ownership. Current superstars Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, and more, have all paid homage. With the release of the first new material under the Parliament moniker since , and an impressive never-ending global tour led by tireless hype-man Clinton, P-Funk is truly alive and as strong as ever. The Parliaments — I Wanna Testify. Released in , I Wanna Testify is a feel-good slice of Detroit soul that became one of the most enduring entries in the P-Funk canon.
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George Clinton will hit the road on his final tour with Parliament-Funkadelic this spring. After five decades of life on tour buses and Motherships, George Clinton is ready to retire from the road. The U. The tour, which officially kicks off after Memorial Day weekend though Clinton is playing some farewell tour dates beforehand , will variously feature openers Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Fishbone and Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf.
With the groups Parliament and Funkadelic and as a solo artist, Clinton has evolved and continually redefined funk music. But Clinton is the godhead, steering each intrepid advance further into the funk-sphere. Clinton is set to retire from live performance this year, but he insists Parliament-Funkadelic will continue without him. As it stands, his amalgamated career discography contains more than three-dozen albums. Clinton formed The Parliaments in New Jersey in the late s, a doo-wop band that achieved middling success during the s. The Mothership Connection narrative declares earth the funk capital of the universe. Some funk-deprived aliens attempt to purchase the funk for themselves, but are unsuccessful. Clinton could be seen to have influenced both movements, but he found no joy in the latter.