Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove

Parliament Funkadelic live (onelovemassive.com)

Parliament Funkadelic live

One nation under a groove
Gettin’ down just for the funk of it
One nation and we’re on the move
Nothin’ can stop us now

© 1978 Funkadelic

Introduction

On September 22nd, 1978, Funkadelic released its tenth album. Nowadays One Nation Under A Groove is regarded as one of the best funk albums of all time and as one of the (many) P-Funk classics.

Funkadelic - Walter 'Junie' Morrison & Bernie Worrell - Jaap Eden Hal Amsterdam 12/08/1978 (funkblog.nl)

Funkadelic – Walter ‘Junie’ Morrison & Bernie Worrell – Jaap Eden Hal Amsterdam 12/08/1978

On January 10th, 1978, the Parliament single Flash Light was released. A highly influential song that showed the significance of Parliament. George Clinton’s and his P-Funk circus’ creativity knew no boundaries.

Parliament was a funk group that had signed a deal with Casablanca Records, and Funkadelic was a more experimental group that had a deal with Westbound/Warner Bros. Records. Both groups released albums independently, oftentimes several per year (!). The group of people that made those records were largely the same. Keyboard players Bernie Worrell and Walter ‘Junie’ Morrison had become important players within both groups and also play a huge role on One Nation Under A Groove.

One Nation Under A Groove

Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove (discogs.com)

Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove

Largely performed at the United Sound Studio in Detroit, Michigan, One Nation Under A Groove is not only Funkadelic’s most successful album, it is also valued the highest, internationally as well. The album is about the strength of the funk and the way it brings together two important things: becoming an open, happy and conscious human being and being a good dancer.

Opening song One Nation Under A Groove was released as a single and, to this day, is Funkadelic’s greatest hit, selling over 1 million copies. To dance is the way to finding freedom. Free your mind and your ass will follow, in reverse.

Groovallegiance is about the fact that mankind should pledge groovallegiance to the funk in the United Funk Of Funkadelica. Great song.

The third song is about Funkadelic the band. It embodies Clinton’s philosophy behind the band: Who Says A Funk Band Can’t Play Rock?!. Musically, the song is a mix between funk and rock. The song addresses the prejudicial thought that a funk band should be confined to playing funk. In the United States this principle was everyday life, as opposed to Europe, where radio wasn’t segregated, as it was (and still is) in the United States. Once categorized, crossing over to other categories (and audiences) was nearly impossible.

Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo-Doo Chasers) is a laidback swinging song with spoken lyrics:

The world is a toll-free toilet
Our mouths neurological assholes
And psychologically speaking
We’re in a state of mental diarrhea

© 1978 Funkadelic

Into You is a ballad sung by Ray Davis, a rare feat within Funkadelic’s body of work.

The closing Cholly (Funk Getting Ready To Roll!) is about a man, named Cholly, who likes music (I dug jazz, I dug rock, anything with a swing) and, thanks to his friends, realizes there is more, so much more: funk!

I would dance, I would sing, I would get lost in my dreams
I would fly, but never too high, cause my funk deserted me
Now that the door is open wide, and all my funk just can’t hide
With the syndrome left behind, no, my funk just can’t hide

© 1978 Funkadelic

Glorious funk with great heavy guitar work.

The EP enclosed with the album contains a rock song with rough guitar playing in the song Lunchmeataphobia. The instrumental version of Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo-Doo Chasers) doesn’t add much. The Maggot Brain live version is fantastic. Even if Eddie Hazel doesn’t play, the song is impressive.

George Clinton - Amsterdam 78 (Barry Schultz)

George Clinton – Amsterdam 78

Review

Often regarded as Funkadelic’s greatest album, it is also their most popular and best sold album. The album is also credited as being extremely important and influential to the later “black rock” movement. The song Who Says A Funk Band Can’t Play Rock?! in particular, was liberating to a lot of musicians. And with One Nation Under A Groove, Groovallegiance and Cholly, another three funk classics were added to the already rich P-Funk discography.

Songs album

The album contains the following songs:

Song   Writers
One Nation Under a Groove   George Clinton, Walter Morrison, Garry Shider
Groovallegiance   George Clinton, Walter Morrison, Bernard Worrell
Who Says a Funk Band Can’t Play Rock?!   George Clinton, Walter Morrison, Michael Hampton
Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo Doo Chasers)   George Clinton, Garry Shider, Linda Brown
Into You   George Clinton, Walter Morrison, William Collins
Cholly (Funk Getting Ready To Roll!)   George Clinton, Walter Morrison, William Collins

Songs EP

The American album contained a 7″ EP. In Europe it was a 12″ EP with one extra song: an extended version of the song One Nation Under A Groove.

Song   Writers
Lunchmeataphobia (Think! It Ain’t Illegal Yet!)   George Clinton, Bernard Worrell
Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo Doo Chasers)   George Clinton, Garry Shider, Linda Brown
Maggot Brain (live, 15-4-78)   George Clinton, Edward Hazel
Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove (single) (discogs.com)

Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove (single)

Funkadelic Main Invasion Force

  • Throbbasonic Funkgeetarists: Mike ‘Kidd Funkadelic’ Hampton, Gary Shider
  • Banjo’d Muthaplucker: Bobby Lewis
  • Avatarian: Mike Hampton
  • Keybo’ Dans & Synthezoidees: Bernie ‘DaVinci’ Worrell, Walter ‘Junie’ Morrison
  • Rotofunkie Drum & Percussionatin’ Thumpdans: Jerome Brailey, W. Bootsy Collins, Larry Fratangelo, Tyrone Lampkin
  • Bass Thumpasaurians: William ‘Bootsy’ Collins, Rodney “Skeet” Curtis, Cordell ‘Boogie’ Mosson
  • Funkadelic Blamgusta Vocaloids (Voices For Da Nation!): George Clinton, Raymond (Stingray) Davis, Ron Ford, Mallia Franklin, Lynn Mabry, Walter ‘Junie’ Morrison, Cordell Mosson, Dawn Silva, Gary “Dowop” Shider, Greg Thomas, Jeanette Washington, Debbie Wright

In closing

What do you think of One Nation Under A Groove? Let me know!

 

4 comments

Skip to comment form

    • Rhonda on 09/22/2018 at 8:18 PM
    • Reply

    I remember that shit, the best one yet

    1. 🙂

    • Kim on 02/10/2022 at 11:44 PM
    • Reply

    What is the song being sung in the background of Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad. Where ca I get the lyrics?

    1. Lyrics lifted from genius.com:

      The world is a toll-free toilet
      Our mouths neurological assholes
      And psychologically speaking
      We’re in a state of mental diarrhea
      Talking shit a mile a minute
      Or in a state of constipated notions
      Can’t think of nothin’ but shit
      And in this world of
      Stinky futures, shitty memories and
      Constipated 19 now-nows
      Emerges from the hiney of your head
      The doo doo chasers
      The Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad
      The prune juice of the mind
      The doo doo chasers
      Friends of roto-rooter
      Bringing you music to get your shit together by
      The man in the tidy bowl of your brain
      (What was that long word again-Promental?)
      Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad

      A musical bowel movement
      Designed to rid you of moral diarrhea
      Social bullshit
      Crazy doo doo
      Mental poots
      (What was that again?)

      They call us the unflushables
      One swipe a clean wipe
      (Go flush it, fellas)

      And what causes all of this shit?
      What is the source of food for thought?
      Ego-munchin’
      Religious doggie bags
      A My burger with I sauce on it
      A Me burger with I sauce on it
      A myself sandwich
      A personal burger
      A me Hamburger
      And a glass of constricted cola
      Out to lunch with lunch meat
      The fear of being eaten by the sandwich
      The Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad
      The doo doo chasers
      Friends of roto-rooter
      Music to clean your shit by

      Low calorie logic
      Muscle brains
      Skinny brains

      Count the calories of your thoughts
      Funk, Confucius say
      Like Chinese laxatives
      Sweet and sour bowel movements
      And in this world of stinking memories
      Stankin memories
      Shitty futures
      19 now nows-constipated-like
      Emerges the Doo Doo Chasers
      The prune juice of the mind
      The man in the tidy bowl of your brain
      Bringing you music to get your shit together by

      Funk, the P-Preparation
      The prune juice of the mind
      A mental, musical bowel movement
      Groove-lax
      One swipe, clean wipe
      And with no extra charge
      A psychological turd remover
      A neurological enema
      Holy Shit
      (let me try one-crap)
      Coprolites
      Prehistoric doo doo
      Helping you get your shit together

      Backstage at a Funkadelic rehearsal
      We bring you the Doo Doo Chasers
      (Which one is George Clinton?)
      Out to lunch with lunch meat, once again
      The fear of being eaten by a sandwich
      Lunchville
      Where lunch is a nice time of day
      At least twice a week

      And fried Ice Cream is a reality

      (Which one is George Clinton?)

      Fried Ice Cream is a reality
      Guess who’s coming to lunch
      I’m not gonna pay for this lunch, man!

      Fried Ice Cream is a reality!
      Fried Ice Cream is a reality!
      Fried Ice Cream is a reality!

Compliments/remarks? Yes, please!