Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome

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Funkentelechy vs. The Placebo Syndrome
Studio album by Parliament
Released November 28, 1977
Recorded 1976–1977
Genre Funk
Length 44:22
Label Casablanca
Producer George Clinton
Parliament chronology
Live: P-Funk Earth Tour
Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome
Motor Booty Affair
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (A) link
Ink Blot (favorable) link
Rolling Stone (favorable) 1978
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars 2004
Spin (9/10) link

Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome is a funk album by Parliament, released in 1977 (see 1977 in music).

The album is considered to be one of the best in Parliament's catalog. It is a loose concept album warning the listener of falling into the 'Placebo Syndrome', which according to George Clinton is consumerism, and listening to disco music, which he saw as a simplification of funk music in attempt to gain commercial success. The album spawned the R&B number #1 single in "Flash Light", which features a funky synthesizer bass line played by keyboardist Bernie Worrell. The album became Parliament's fourth consecutive gold album and second platinum album.

The original vinyl release contained a 22" by 33" inch poster of the character "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk", as well as an 8-page comic book that explains the concept behind the LP. Both the poster and the comic book were illustrated by Overton Loyd.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bop Gun (Endangered Species)" (George Clinton, Garry Shider, Bootsy Collins) – 8:31 (released as a single-Casablanca NB 900)
  2. "Sir Nose d'Voidoffunk (Pay Attention - B3M)" (Clinton, Collins, Worrell) – 10:04
  3. "Wizard of Finance" (Clinton, Ronald Ford, Glen Goins) – 4:23
  4. "Funkentelechy" (Clinton, Collins) – 10:56 (released as a single-Casablanca NB 921)
  5. "Placebo Syndrome" (Clinton, Billy Bass Nelson) – 4:20
  6. "Flash Light" (Clinton, Collins, Worrell) – 5:46 (released as a single-Casablanca NB 909 and as a promo only 12" single Casablanca NB 20113 DJ)