A Thankful Night with George Clinton & The
at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia - 11/25/98
acts for the Philly P-Funk gig were Fathead (a bullshit alternative rock/rap group)
and Philly-native rapper Schooly D. The Schooly D. set was very good with some
old-school shit from 1985. He performed from 10:10pm to 10:30pm.
before P-Funk started at 11:00pm, I spotted drummer Ron Wright, keyboardist
Joel "Razorsharp" Johnson, guitarist Dewayne "Blackbyrd"
McKnight, Billy Bass, Rodney "Skeet" Curtis, Garry Shider, Mike
"Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton, and the funky hornz (Greg Thomas, Bennie
Cowan & Scott Taylor) onstage! The P-Funk Allstars started with an
instrumental version of "One Nation Under a Groove" with the funky
hornz all over it......it wasn't as funky as the next song,
"Funkentelechy"!! "Funkentelechy" was so great with
Garry Shider's vocals all over that shit! DAMN!! Garry engaged the crowd into a
few rounds of "How's your Funk-en-te-le-chy, how's your
funk-entelechy?" and "Funk-entelechy.....funk-en-te-le-chy!!" That
was followed by a funky-ass hardcore funk-rock sounds of "Cosmic
Slop", and George Clinton entered the stage at 11:23pm.
The highlights of the show include:
1. FLASHLIGHT - it sounded extra funky with the sensational
saxophone stylings of Greg Thomas & Scott Taylor.
2. KNEE DEEP - a damn good tune made even better with the
stanky, big bass sounds of Skeet Curtis!! The crowd was jamming and singing!
More vocals from Garry Shider and Greg Thomas. Greg sounded extra funky with
some "rapid gunfire"-type scatting!! YO-HO!!! Included a long segue
(with the crowd singing with the melody) before the Belita Woods tune
"Sentimental Journey".......Belita looked so fine that night!!
3. HARD TO LET GO - followed the song "Sentimental
Journey", this is a WONDERFUL R&B ballad sung by the lovely Belita
Woods. It sounded so sweet with the more-than-talented flute stylings of Mr.
Scott Taylor! GO 'HEAD, SCOTTY!! Even better?? Garry and Clip Payne were
singing background vocals.....WHEW!!
4. MAGGOT BRAIN - Lige Curry finally joined the band with his
bass guitar! I was thinking to myself, "What if just Billy Bass and Mike
Hampton were playing 'Maggot Brain'?" Just like the album version, with
Ron Wright playing drums very lightly.....wouldn't that be something?!!!
Anyway, their performance of this psychedelic tune was more excellent, thanks
to Mike Hampton! The outro for this song was an uptempo, hardcore rock jam,
courtesy of Blackbyrd, Garry Shider, Billy Bass and Skeet!! SHIT!!!
5. UP FOR THE DOWN STROKE - this performance featured some
crazy-ass keyboard strokin', courtesy of Razorsharp himself!
6. DOG STAR - thanks to Blackbyrd's rock-hard, phenomenal
guitar lickin', I will never, never forget this night!! Blackbyrd was
completely going off, into another funky space dimension!! YEAH!!
7. FUCK THAT SHIT - damn-good hardcore rock jam with George
screaming "Fuck That Shit!!" The walls were melting from the fiery of
the P-Funk Guitar Army!!
HALL OF FAME Riff - The riff
included guitar licks from the 1970 Funkadelic track "I Wanna Know If It's
Good To You" (FUNKY!), "Super Stupid" (great guitar jam from
Kidd Funkadelic, Billy Bass, Lige, Garry, and Blackbyrd), and "Music For
My Mother" (funky-ass guitar pluckin' from the funky diaperman, Garry)!
The song set listing:
One Nation Under a Groove (instrumental)
Tear The Roof Off The Sucka
"Wind Me Up" chant from BOOTZILLA
Up For The Down Stroke
Hollywood Squares (w/ "Pinocchio Theory")
Flashlight (w/ "Electric Spanking of War
Babies" and "All Around The World" chant from THEME FROM THE
(Not Just) Knee Deep
Sentimental Journey (w/ "Disco To Go" horn
Hard To Let Go
Fuck That Shit (w/ "Just Say Ding (Data
Get Off Your Ass and Jam
Hall of Fame riff (w/ "Free Your Mind and Your
Ass Will Follow", "I Call My Baby Pussycat" music, "I Wanna
Know If It's Good To You" music, and "Super Stupid")
The show ended at 1:45am.
The P-Funk personnel included:
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