Category:Songs written by George Clinton (musician)
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1. George Clinton (musician) – George Clinton is an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer. He was the architect of P-Funk and the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s. He launched a career in 1981. He has been cited as one of the foremost innovators of funk music along with James Brown and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, alongside 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. Clinton was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina, grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, during his teen years Clinton formed a doo wop group inspired by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers called The Parliaments, while straightening hair at a barber salon in Plainfield. For a period in the 1960s Clinton was a songwriter for Motown. These two bands combined the elements of such as Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, Cream, and James Brown while exploring various sounds, technology. Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic dominated diverse music during the 1970s with over 40 R&B hit singles, Clintons efforts as a solo artist began in 1982. He is also a music producer who works on almost all the albums he performs on. Beginning in the early 1980s, Clinton recorded several solo albums. In 1982, Clinton signed to Capitol Records under two names, his own and as the P-Funk All-Stars, releasing Computer Games under his own name that same year. The single Loopzilla hit the Top 20 on the R&B charts, followed by Atomic Dog, in 1985, he was recruited by the Red Hot Chili Peppers to produce their album Freaky Styley, because the band members were huge fans of George Clintons and of funk in general. Clinton, in fact, wrote the vocals and lyrics to the track which was originally intended by the band to be left as an instrumental piece. The album was not a success at the time, but has since sold 500,000 copies after the Red Hot Chili Peppers became popular years later. During the mid to late 1980s, many hip-hop and rap artists cited Clintons earlier music as an influence, along with James Brown, Clintons songs with Parliament-Funkadelic were often sampled by rap producers. Sure, sample my stuff… he remarked in 1996, Aint a better time to get paid than when youre my age. You know what to do with money and you dont buy as much pussy or drugs with it – you just buy some. In 1989, Clinton released The Cinderella Theory on Paisley Park and this was followed by Hey Man, Smell My Finger in 1993
2. Bring the Noise – Bring the Noise is a song by the American hip hop group Public Enemy. It was included on the soundtrack of the 1987 film Less Than Zero and was released as a single that year. It later became the first song on the groups 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, the single reached #56 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The lyrics also have a notable metrical complexity, making use of meters like dactylic hexameter. The title phrase appears in the chorus, the song includes several shout-outs to artists like Run–D. M. C. Anthrax would later collaborate with Chuck D to cover the song, Bring the Noise was ranked #160 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. Much More by De La Soul, Here We Go Again. by Portrait, Everything I Am by Kanye West and his exclamation Now they got me in a cell from the first verse of the song is also sampled in the Beastie Boys song Egg Man. This same sample is used in on Fat Joes album All or Nothing on the track, rakim, on his 1997 single Guess Whos Back, uses the same sample. Also, the game Sonic Rush samples the beginning of Bring the Noise in the music for the boss battle. In addition, Ludacris hit How Low samples Chuck Ds How low can you go, in 2010 it was sampled by Adil Omar and DJ Solo of Soul Assassins on their single Incredible. LL Cool J used a sample on the line of Chuck Ds I Want Bass during the verse on the song. Also the lines face, how low can you go and pace how slow can you go in Linkin Parks song Wretches and Kings on their Album A Thousand Suns refer to Chuck Ds line, in Night of the Living Baseheads. In 1991, Public Enemy recorded a new version of Bring the Noise in a collaboration with the metal band Anthrax. Chuck D has stated that upon the initial request of Anthrax, he didnt take them wholehearted seriously and it was included on the Anthrax album Attack of the Killer Bs and on Public Enemys own Apocalypse 91. The Enemy Strikes Black, and was followed by a joint tour by the two bands, with shows ending with both groups on stage performing the song together. Chuck D went on to say that shows on the tour were some of the hardest they ever experienced, the recording was one of the first rap metal songs. Bring the Noise -3,34 Keep It in the Family -7,19 I Am The Law 91 -5,56 In 2007, Benassis remix slowed the track down, and cut off many of the lyrics. Benassi mixed two versions of the song, the Pump-kin version exemplifies a heavy melody, while the S-faction edit added more emphasis to the bassline
3. Crew Deep – Crew Deep is a single by American rapper Skillz. The song features guest vocals by rapper–singer Missy Misdemeanor Elliott and former Xscape member Kandi and it was released as the lead single from Skillzs unreleased album, I Aint Mad No More. Two versions of the single saw conflicting releases, one version was released as the music video and single version with the chorus being performed entirely by Kandi while sampled additional vocals were performed by Missy Elliott in the latter. A. Remix featuring Elliott, Clipse and Pharrell Williams, physical copies of the single were released in August 20,2002. A music video for the single was directed by The Malloys, the video takes place at Skillzs neighborhood house party. Inside the house, there are talking taxidermies of various types of rappers that all sing along to the chorus of the song, although Kandi and Missy Elliott were not featured in the video, the various women and talking taxidermies in the video are seen lip-syncing their parts. CD single Crew Deep —3,25 Crew Deep —3,25 Crew Deep —3,25 The V. A. Remix Crew Deep Crew Deep 12 Vinyl Crew Deep —3,25 Crew Deep —3,25 Crew Deep —3,25 Imagine —3,38 Imagine —3,38 Imagine —3,36 Imagine —3,36
4. Freak like Me – Freak Like Me is the debut single by American R&B singer Adina Howard. It was released on January 25,1995 as the single from her debut album. It reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks behind This Is How We Do It by Montell Jordan and was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million copies. The songs drum beat is sampled from Sly & the Family Stones Sing a Simple Song, the song also samples Id Rather Be with You by Bootsys Rubber Band. The original music video was directed by Hype Williams, English singer Imaani provided vocals on the song. This version reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart, CD and 12 formats include remixes by Wideboys and Dome. UK CD maxi-single Freak Like Me –3,21 Freak Like Me –4,49 Freak Like Me –5,01 Freak Like Me –5,59 UK12 vinyl A1. Freak Like Me –5,10 In 2002, English girl group Sugababes recorded a cover of Freak Like Me and it was released on 22 April 2002 as the lead single from their second studio album, Angels with Dirty Faces. Their version, however, features Gary Numan and the Tubeway Armys Are Friends Electric, the song also appears on Richard Xs album, Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol.1. Freak like Me was the first Sugababes single to feature Heidi Range, the song received rave reviews from music critics. It was released as the first single from the album, in the spring of 2002 and reached number one in the United Kingdom, number two in Ireland, and number four in Norway. This version of the uses the backing track of a 2001 bootleg mash-up by English producer Richard X, titled We Dont Give a Damn About Our Friends. The Sugababes version of the song, itself a new version of We Dont Give a Damn About Our Friends, was sampled from Gary Numan, and used the radio edit lyrics of Howards song. Numan was now credited as a co-writer of the song, Richard X produced the mash-up without the permission of the copyright holders of the songs by Adina Howard or Tubeway Army, but it became a successful underground dance track. After failing to gain permission to use Howards vocals for a commercial release, the sound effect featured at the beginning of the song is the coin-insert tone from the popular 1981 video game Frogger. In 2012, The Guardian named Freak like Me as the best number-one single of 2002, NME complimented the track as genius and claimed, if this gets to number one, well be grinning all summer. On April 22,2002, Freak like Me was released in the United Kingdom, the song became Sugababes first number-one single when it debuted at number one in the UK Singles Chart, remaining in the top ten for four weeks. It remains one of the best selling singles released by the group, selling over 275,000 copies since its release, outside of the United Kingdom, the song was also successful
5. Temptations (song) – Temptations is a song by rap artist Tupac Shakur from the album Me Against the World. It was released as a single on August 29,1995, and was released as a CD, cassette, while rapping is solely performed by Shakur, Erick Sermon and producer Easy Mo Bee are also featured in the song, primarily as background vocalists. The song uses the bassline from the Computer Love, and the focuses on relationship. Debuting at number sixty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100, the song did well in the United States. It was also received by critics, with many writers commenting on its romantic tone. The songs music video not have any shots of Shakur. Instead, the video features celebrities such as Coolio, Ice-T, Warren G, Adina Howard. Taking place in a hotel, the video opens and closes with the concierge complaining about Coolio, the main plot of the video follows Coolio while he is working in the hotel. The idea for Temptations began in late 1993 when record producer Easy Mo Bee came to Shakur while he was on the set of Above the Rim. At Rucker Park in New York City, Mo Bee approached Shakur with several different songs they could sample from in the Me Against the World album, out of the pieces he showed the rapper, Shakur favored the Zapp song Computer Love. The songs hook samples Sing a Simple Song by Sly & the Family Stone, the song also features Mo Bee and some of his friends singing harmonies. Temptations deals with a relationship, where Shakur is—in Mo Bees words—basically saying to his significant other, I like the time Im spendin with. Other than the theme of the issues, the song also focuses on the ability for anyone to feel lonely. The lines cause even thugs get lonely, understand, even the hardest of my homies need attention, catch you blowin up the telephone, reminiscing. From the third verse, are explained by William Buckholz in his 2011 book, Understand Rap, Explanations of Confusing Rap Lyrics You and he states that despite having a tough attitude and exterior, thugs are not emotionless. Buckholz goes on to say there are times where everyone longs for the company of someone—be a friend or significant other—so they can share feelings. Despite being the rapper to perform in the songs musical composition. Nelson said the production was ambitious, stating, Its an incredible challenge to make a creative clip of a song without the artist
6. Atomic Dog – Atomic Dog is a song by George Clinton from his 1982 album Computer Games. The track was released as a single in December 1982 and became the P-Funk collectives last to reach #1 on the U. S. R&B Chart. The single failed to reach the Top 100 of the Pop Chart although it has attained a level of stature since then, George Clinton’s P-Funk reached its commercial and conceptual height during the late 1970s after the release of Mothership Connection and a series of spectacular concert tours. Each of these ended with a climactic descent of a giant spaceship from the rafters. However, as the band and their concept of funk grew, the organization became entangled in internal dissension, legal disputes, “Atomic Dog” was the P-Funk collective’s last single to reach #1 on the U. S. R&B chart. According to Clinton, most of the lyrics were ad-libbed during the recording process. Although Atomic Dog is now regarded a classic in black popular music, George Clinton’s bad reputation in the industry, his political consciousness, and a general move towards more youthful-looking acts, kept his songs from being circulated on radio stations. Only after very strong sales was the song finally put on the air, the single “Atomic Dog” was released in December 1982 and reached #1 on the R&B charts, but missed the Hot 100 by just one position. Atomic Dog was the subject of Bridgeport Music, Inc. v. UMG, in its complaint, Bridgeport claimed that D. O. G. A jury found that the defendants had willfully infringed Bridgeports rights, in a November 2009 decision affirming the lower court ruling, Circuit Judge Martha Craig Daughtry of the U. S. Spradley and Garry Shider got on either side of him. We just kind of him in front of the microphone while Clinton recorded the vocal tracks that same night. Also demonstrated that Clinton exercised some degree of control over the panting by instructing the performers to create a certain rhythm. Devil Music, Race, Class, and Rock And Roll, troy, New York, Russell Sage College Press. Making it Funky, The Signifyin Politics of George Clintons Parliafunkadelicment Thang.1993, funk, The Music, The People, and the Rhythm of One. New York, St. Martins Press,1996, song Review at Allmusic Songs That Sample Atomic Dog Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
7. Maggot Brain – Maggot Brain is the third studio album by the American funk band Funkadelic. It was recorded at Universal Studios in Detroit during late 1970 and early 1971, shortly after Maggot Brain was recorded, Tawl Ross, Eddie Hazel, Billy Nelson, and Tiki Fulwood left the band for various reasons. He was particularly critical of the second side, panning it as dead-end stuff. And for once, all three tracks are plusses, he wrote regarding its CD reissue. Music historian Bob Gulla hailed it as an iconoclastic funk-rock record, according to The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History, Maggot Brain and Funkadelics previous two albums created a whole new kind of psychedelic rock with a dance groove. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked Maggot Brain number 486 on the magazines list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, pitchfork named it the 17th best album of the 1970s. The record was listed in the music reference book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. This song is a departure from the groove-oriented Funkadelic sound and is more of a traditional lyric-based acoustic rock piece and it begins with a descending acoustic guitar line which is joined by piano, bass and drums which support a cast of singers. It is a rewrite of a song by The Parliaments titled, lead vocals, Bernie Worrell This is a very class-conscious song, with the singer pleading for unity among the poor because without doing so, equality could not be achieved. The song has Judie Jones in songwriting credits, which it has claimed was mistakenly for this song instead of Red Hot Mama. He is also referred to as having a maggot brain, the supergroup Audioslave has done several live covers of this song, the studio version was released on their 2005 single Be Yourself. The song was covered by Tackhead on their album Strange Things. Lead vocals, Eddie Hazel This song seems to be about the singer and this song is socially conscious, as the singer demands immediate freedom from oppression, as well as power to the people. This song is a track on the album, originally released as a non-album B-side to the single Hit It. The single was credited to U. S, music with Funkadelic, as Garry Shiders group US was featured on the recording with Funkadelic playing most of the music. Lead Vocal, Garry Shider Credits are adapted from the liner notes. 1081971 Black Albums No.141990 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums No.92 Maggot Brain at Discogs the Motherpage
8. Let's Take It to the Stage – Lets Take It to the Stage is the seventh album by American funk/soul/rock band Funkadelic. It was released in April 1975 on Westbound Records, the album charted at number 102 on the Billboard 200 and number 14 on the R&B Albums. Lets Take It to the Stage is a rock album. The closing track Atmosphere, which begins with a monologue by George Clinton about dicks and clits, appropriates an extended organ coda from Johann Sebastian Bach. The albums title track has been sampled on several hip hop hits, including Brand Nubians Slow Down, Public Enemys Bring the Noise, and N. W. As 100 Miles and Runnin. In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau said Funkadelic finally does on record what theyve always promised to do in the hype—make the Ohio Players sound like the Mike Curb Congregation. AllMusics Ned Raggett found Lets Take It to the Stage to be one of the bands most comical records with more P-Funk all-time greats as well, making for a balance of the serious. Sasha Frere-Jones, writing in The Rolling Stone Album Guide, said it was a summing-up of everything Funkadelic had done to date, and is still their most playable record. He felt that, although Clintons sexual politics werent at their best on tracks such as No Head No Backstage Pass, christgaus Record Guide, Rock Albums of the Seventies. DeCurtis, Anthony, Henke, James, George-Warren, Holly, if ever an album deserved to be called ahead of its time, this catchy and challenging funk-rock raveup definitely qualifies. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, Lets Take It to the Stage at Discogs Masters of the Form, Funkadelic,1975 – Lets Take It to the Stage by PopMatters About the album
9. America Eats Its Young – America Eats Its Young is the fourth album by Funkadelic, released in 1972. This was the first album to include the whole of the House Guests, including Bootsy Collins, Catfish Collins, Chicken Gunnels, Rob McCollough and Kash Waddy. It also features the Plainfield-based band U. S. which consisted of guitarist Garry Shider, unlike previous Funkadelic albums, America Eats Its Young was recorded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and in the UK. The original vinyl version contained an illustrated by Cathy Abel. The bottom of the features the first widespread appearance of the Funkadelic logo. This song is political, with the central lyrical thrust of the song quoted above. Typically, the functions on both a political and personal level, victory in any dispute doesnt confer any moral advantage. This song has two interrelated themes, the beginning focuses on hypocrites who want to change reality without accepting the blame if anything goes wrong. The song was recorded in London, with the assistance of English drummer Ginger Baker and this song proclaims that the human race is capable of growing and reforming, but at the present, nobody is willing to learn from past mistakes, and has sacrificed wisdom for material comfort. It was a remake of a Parliament song and this song is an obscene nursery rhyme. This would eventually become a group of P funk songs, all with the same nursery rhyme-quality, yet obscene. Loose Booty itself was a term for a heroin addict-presumably taken from either not being able to sit straight while nodding. This song represents the first major songwriting effort of Bootsy Collins as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic, and is widely considered the introduction to his musical persona. Lead Vocals, Bootsy Collins Bass, Bootsy Collins Guitar, Catfish Collins The song is, essentially, about lust and its tremendous power over the singer, George Clinton sang lead vocals, with Frank Waddy on drums. The songs deliberately suggestive lyrics such as Im the tomcat and youre my lil ol pussy and Wild and warm is my pussy/ My pussy is where its at are common for the genre, a tradition followed in R&B. The song is a remake of a version, titled I Call My Baby Pussycat. Two versions of the song, based on the original Parliament version, appear on the 1996 live Funkadelic release Live, Meadowbrook, Rochester, Michigan –12 September 1971. This later version of the song was originally retitled Pussy, and that appears on the cover of some vinyl versions of the album
10. Booti Call – Booti Call is a song by American R&B group Blackstreet, recorded for the groups self-titled debut album. The song was released as the single for the album in July 1994. According to group member Teddy Riley, the song was written about his friend Mike Tyson,12, Vinyl Booti Call -4, 42feat. T-Pirate Booti Call -4,30 Booti Call -4,21 Booti Call -4, T-Pirate I Like the Way You Work -5,18 I Like the Way You Work -4, 53feat. Menton Smith I Like the Way You Work -4, 04feat, menton Smith I Like the Way You Work -4,1012, Vinyl Booti Call -4, 17feat. T-Pirate I Like the Way You Work -4, 25feat, Nutta Butta I Like the Way You Work -4, 25feat. Nutta Butta Booti Call -4, 17feat, production – Markell Riley, Teddy Riley, Erick Sermon rapping – Nutta Butta, T-Pirate writing – A. Dickey, M. Graham, C. Hannibal, L. Little, M. Riley, T. Riley, E. Sermon, M. Smith, L. Sylvers engineering assistant - Sprague Williams, Kimberly Smith I Like the Way You Work Music video on YouTube
11. Bootzilla – Bootzilla is a song recorded by Bootsys Rubber Band, released on January 13,1978. As the lead single from the album Bootsy, player of the Year, it held the #1 spot on the R&B chart for one week in 1978. Bootzilla failed to make the Hot 100, the songs lyrics introduce Bootsys wind-up toy alter ego Bootzilla, the worlds only rhinestone rock-star doll. The track features Bootsy Collins on drums as well as bass guitar