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Single by Parliament
from the album Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome
A-side "Funkentelechy"
B-side "Funkentelechy" Pt. 2
Released 1978
Format Vinyl
Genre Funk
Length 10:56 (album version)
Label Casablanca 921
Writer(s) George Clinton/Bootsy Collins
Producer(s) George Clinton

"Funkentelechy" is a song by the funk band Parliament. It is the fourth track on the group's 1977 album Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome and was released as a two-part single in 1978. Part 1 peaked at number 27 on the U.S. R&B Singles chart. The song's title is a play on the philosophical concept of entelechy.


  • One of Clinton's quips during the song, "Like a woodpecker with a headache," resembles the mood indication on a piano piece by the eccentric composer Erik Satie: "Like a nightingale with a toothache."
  • The repeated phrase "You deserve a break today - Have it your way" is a reference to McDonald's "You Deserve a Break Today" and Burger King's "Have it Your Way" ad campaigns of the time.

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