Probably summer 1977. As I remember it was in the dining room of my babysitters house. I was sitting at the table when I heard a sound I had never heard before. It was the keyboards of Mothership Connection. I immediately asked “who is that?” The response was thats “Parliament, its been out, it’s old” (it had been out maybe months). Immediately I had the 8 track in my hand, bootleg probably from George’s Party Shop. Plain blue label, black basic print and nothing but song titles. I asked if I could listen to this 8-track and rememebr taking it home. Sometime later I typed out the words to P-Funk on my mother’s electric typewriter until I created a copy without mistake. The sound of the music caught my ear, but it is the lyrics and concept that keep my attention to this day. It was positve, happy, celebatory music with a coolness. Music with a strong positive movement that I could feel. It didnt contradict itself and it was consistent. It was a science fiction type of reality in music. It didnt dwell on love and it was all about fun. Friends began telling me Funkadelic and Parliament were the same people so I checked them out. I didn’t like Funkadelic, it was too dark.
I first saw “P-FUNK” live in Pittsburgh or Cleveland, a bus excursion to the concert and back. I forget who sponsored it, but we was dressed up and my little sister and her friends even went. My seat was so far back and the whole experience was so overwhelming I really didn’t see or understand much. I rememebr seeing enough to understand the underwater effect they were trying to achieve. Because word around the hood was that it was really underwater and I wanted to see just how they were gonna pull that off without damaging the philosophy or being cheesy cause that was important to me cause this was something i deeply believed in.
It’s been almost 40 years and the philosophy has never let me down. Never in any lyric is there something that I strongly disagree with, find non-sensical or even grammaticly incorrect. Never in two places does “P-FUNK” contradict itself with conflicting concepts, it is truly consistent.
The “Mothership” keyboards are an unnatural sound, not found in nature, human produced- mechanized technology electronic gadgetry.
P-Funk doesn’t dwell on dysfunctional personal love or God.