Computer Games (album)

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Computer Games
George Clinton-Computer Games (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 5, 1982
Recorded1981-1982
GenreFunk, electro, synth-funk
Length40:09
LabelCapitol
ProducerGeorge Clinton
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Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[3]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[4]
The Village VoiceA[5]

Computer Games is the debut album by funk musician George Clinton, released by Capitol Records on November 5, 1982. Though technically Clinton's first "solo" album, the record featured most of the same personnel who had appeared on recent albums by Parliament and Funkadelic, both formally disbanded by Clinton in 1981. Conceived in the aftermath of a period marked by financial and personal struggles for Clinton, "Computer Games" restored his popularity for a short time before P-Funk fell victim to renewed legal problems and scant label support in the mid 1980s.

According to Glenn Kenny of Trouser Press, after the end of his Parliament-Funkadelic collective, Clinton's album was titled as a "nod to the burgeoning wave of techno-funk that was beginning to overtake almost every other form of dance music; rather than reject the new technology, he adapted it here in his own unique way".[6]

The single "Loopzilla" hit the Top 20 R&B charts, followed by "Atomic Dog" which reached #1 R&B but peaked at #101 on the pop chart.

The album was listed by Slant Magazine at #97 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s."[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Get Dressed" (George Clinton, Bootsy Collins) – 3:41 (released as a single-Capitol 5222)
  2. "Man's Best Friend/Loopzilla" (Clinton, Gambrell, Garry Shider, David Spradley) – 12:51 (released as a 12" single-Capitol 8556)
  3. "Pot Sharing Tots" (Clinton, Walter Morrison) – 3:45
  4. "Computer Games" (Clinton, Morrison) – 6:46
  5. "Atomic Dog" (Clinton, Shider, Spradley) – 4:47 (released as a single-Capitol 5201 and 12" single-Capitol 8556)
  6. "Free Alterations" (Darryl Clinton, Clinton) – 4:20
  7. "One Fun at a Time" (Clinton, Morrison) – 4:29

Personnel[edit]

  • Junie Morrison, Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins, Chong-Rahni Harris, Capt. Draw, Terry Jones, Dennis Chambers, Maceo Parker, Mallia Franklin, Daryl Clinton, Larry Fratengello, Muruga Booker, Eddie Hazel, Tony Strat Thomas, Garry Shider, Larry Heckstall, George Bunny, Robert "P-Nut" Johnson, Clip Payne, Gary "Mudbone" Cooper, Sir Nose D'voidafunk, Jessica Cleaves, Sub Woofer, Ray Davis, Dawn Silva, Sheila Horn, Jeanette McGruder, Lynn Mabry, Shirley Hayden, Janice Evans, Carol Myles, Vanessa Pe, Gal Owens, Cynthia Girty, Jimmy Keaton, Julius Keaton, Eddie Hodge, Ron Ford, Ameta Walker, Gwendolyn Dozier, Carmen McGee, Brenda Forman, Joyce Pearson, Trina Frazier, Jessie Driscoll, Veronica Faust – Musicians and vocalists
  • Dave Baker, Mike Iacapelli, John Jaszcz, Tony Ray, Greg Reilly, Jeff Turkin, Jim Vitti, Greg Ward – Engineer
  • George Clinton, William Collins, Ted Currier, Walter "Junie" Morrison, Gary Shider – Producer
  • George Clinton, Junie Morrison, Fred Wesley – Arranger
  • Greg Reilly, Jim Vitti – Mixing

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Computer Games – George Clinton". AllMusic. Retrieved August 5, 2009.
  2. ^ Milward, John (April 28, 1983). "Computer Games". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 5, 2009.
  3. ^ DeCurtis, Henke & George-Warren 1992.
  4. ^ Weisbard & Marks 1995.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 28, 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 5, 2009.
  6. ^ Kenny, Glenn. "TrouserPress.com :: George Clinton". Trouser Press. Retrieved on 2009-08-05.
  7. ^ http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/feature/best-albums-of-the-1980s/308

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