Parliament-Funkadelic  is an American funk music collective of rotating musicians headed by George Clinton, primarily consisting of the individual bands Parliament and Funkadelic, both active since the 1960s.  Their distinctive style (dubbed “P-Funk”) combined funk rhythms with psychedelia, outlandish performances, bizarre humor, and influences from science-fiction and vocal group music.  Their work would have an influential effect on subsequent funk, post-disco, post-punk, and hip hop music groups of the 1980s and 1990s, and would help pioneer Afrofuturism.  Sixteen members of Parliament-Funkadelic were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.  (More from Wikipedia)
One of the great things about the heyday of MTV is that you never knew what great sounds would hit you next. I think I was on a business trip somewhere when I first saw the masterful rock video for the Deee-Lite song “Groove is in the Heart”, and I was simply flabbergasted at what I was seeing. Swirling colors, wild costumes, Yellow-Brick-Road–style marching, shots of legendary guest musician Bootsy Collins of Parliament-Funkadelic, tiny corner photos of the bandmembers – they really didn’t miss a trick in what they were doing. I didn’t even really know what kind of music this was, but at least in retrospect, it reminded me of the golden age of psychedelic soul in the late 1960’s. Their debut album, World Clique was equally infectious throughout.  
(March 2016)
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