Picks and Pans Review: Hey Man...smell My Finger
For all its sound and fury, pop music today has a shelf-life only slightly longer than milk. Except for the built-to-last funk of George Clinton. As the guiding force behind the Parliament-Funkadelic ensembles of the 1970s, Clinton stirred soul rhythms and psychedelic riffs into potent hits like "One Nation Under a Groove" that are still borrowed by a generation of stars including Prince and Dr Dre.
So it's sweet to see the original proving that he's still funky. Lampooning politicians and decrying the L.A. riots, Clinton lays down propulsive grooves and slacks dense layers of sound on top. On the giddy fantasy "Paint the White House Black," guitars peek in and out, synthesizers swell and vanish, and a revolving door of guest stars—Yo-Yo, Humpty Hump, Dr Dre—put fresh rapping over Clinton's anarchic musings. Still showing the way for all the funkateers following in his path, Clinton proves that in the hands of the master, true funk never dies. (Paisley-Park)