A Funky Space Reincarnation

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"A Funky Space Reincarnation"
Single by Marvin Gaye
from the album Here, My Dear
B-side A Funky Space Reincarnation, Pt. 2
Released February 11, 1979
Format 7" single; 12" single
Recorded Marvin's Room, Los Angeles, California, United States, 1977
Genre Funk
Length 8:17
Label Tamla
Writer(s) Marvin Gaye
Producer(s) Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye singles chronology
"Pops, We Love You (A Tribute to Father)" (w/Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder)
"A Funky Space Reincarnation"
Here, My Dear track listing

"A Funky Space Reincarnation" is a 1978 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, like many of the tracks on Here, My Dear, doesn't have a distinctive melody, hook or a chorus and was obviously inspired by the likes of funk musicians such as Parliament-Funkadelic and Earth, Wind & Fire. The song's bridge 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 number twenty-three there. Marvin cut his very first music video with this song where surrounded by his band and a duo of sexy female dancers, he danced and lip-synched the song in a flashy red outfit.

The song has been recently used in the advert for the Dior perfume J'adore starring Charlize Theron.

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


  • 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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