A Funky Space Reincarnation

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"A Funky Space Reincarnation"
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Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album Here, My Dear
B-side"A Funky Space Reincarnation, Pt. 2"
ReleasedFebruary 11, 1979
Format7-inch single, 12-inch single
Recorded1977
StudioMarvin's Room, Los Angeles
GenreFunk
Length8:17
LabelTamla
Songwriter(s)Marvin Gaye
Producer(s)Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye singles chronology
"Pops, We Love You (A Tribute to Father)"
(1978)
"A Funky Space Reincarnation"
(1979)
"Anger"
(1979)
Here, My Dear track listing

"A Funky Space Reincarnation" is a 1978 jazz-funk single recorded and released in 1979 by Marvin Gaye on the Tamla label.

In this song, he described a parallel universe where in the future, he's a captain of a "space bed" and he meets a woman that reminds him of his first wife, Anna.

He then tells the woman that they'd probably get "married in June" and tells her to "smoke a joint from out of Venus".

The song seems to have been inspired by the likes of funk musicians such as Parliament-Funkadelic and Earth, Wind & Fire. Its musical arrangement is a reprise of his song "Anger," found earlier on the album.

The song became a modest hit on the R&B charts, where it peaked at No.23 there. In the music video he wears a glittering red outfit and is surrounded by a band(presumably his own) and a duo of female dancers. His face is given several close-ups during the video.

Use in popular media[edit]

In 2007 the song was used in the advert for the Dior perfume J'adore starring Charlize Theron.

Singer Musiq Soulchild sampled the song in his song, "Until", featured on his OnMyRadio album, in 2009.

Personnel[edit]

  • All vocals, keyboards and synthesizers by Marvin Gaye
  • Produced, written, arranged and composed by Marvin Gaye
  • Drums by Bugsy Wilcox
  • Guitar by Gordon Banks
  • Bass by Frank Blair
  • Trumpet by Nolan Smith

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