Funkadelic (album)

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Studio album by Funkadelic
Released February 24, 1970
Recorded 1968-1969 in Tera Shirma Sound Studios, Detroit, Michigan
Genre Funk, psychedelic soul, psychedelic rock[1]
Length 46:37
Label Westbound
Producer George Clinton
Funkadelic chronology
Free Your Mind... and Your Ass Will Follow

Funkadelic is the debut album by the American funk band Funkadelic, released in 1970 on Westbound Records.


The album showcases a strong bass and rhythm section, as well as lengthy jam sessions, future trademarks of the band.[citation needed] The album contains two remakes of songs from The Parliaments, an earlier band featuring George Clinton: "I'll Bet You" and "Good Old Music".

"Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?" and "What is Soul" contained the beginnings of Funkadelic's mythology, namely that "Funkadelic" and "the Funk" are extraterrestrial in origin but not dangerous.

"I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing" was particularly notable for a guitar solo by Rare Earth's Ray Monette.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
Head Heritage favorable[3]
Pitchfork 9.0/10[4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[5]
Spin 9/10[6]

In conjunction with the release of Funkadelic, Westbound Records circulated a promotional single called "Focus on Funkadelic" to radio stations. The single features six snippets of tracks from the LP.


"I'll Bet You" was later covered by The Jackson 5 on their album ABC, and sampled by the Beastie Boys for their song "Car Thief". The 2005 CD reissue also contains their version of "Can't Shake It Loose", which was recorded two years prior by Diana Ross & The Supremes on their album Love Child. In more recent years, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have combined the main riff of "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?" and certain parts of the lyrics from "What Is Soul?" in live shows, a version which appears as a B-Side on their 2002 single "By the Way".


Track listing[edit]

Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?"   George Clinton 9:04
2. "I Bet You" (released as a single: Westbound 150) George Clinton, Sidney Barnes, Theresa Lindsey 6:10
3. "Music for My Mother" (released as a single: Westbound 148) George Clinton, Edward Hazel, William Nelson 5:37
4. "I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing" (released as a single: Westbound 158) Clarence Haskins 3:52
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Good Old Music"   George Clinton 7:59
6. "Qualify and Satisfy"   George Clinton, Edward Hazel 6:15
7. "What Is Soul"   George Clinton 7:40
  • Tracks 8-11, 14 are mono recordings.


Note: Exact records of all personnel on all songs have been lost.

  • Eddie Hazel – lead guitar, backing vocals on "Mommy, What's What's A Funkadelic?",vocals on "I Bet You" & "Can't shake it loose", All Lead Vocals on "Open Our Eyes", bridge vocals on "I got a thing"
  • Lucius "Tawl" Ross – rhythm guitar
  • Ramon "Tiki" Fulwood – drums on (1,2,4,5,6,7,9,13)
  • Billy "Bass" Nelson – bass guitar on (3,4,6); backing vocals, Lead vocals on "Good Old Music"
  • Mickey Atkins – Hammond organ on (5,6,7)
The Parliaments
  • George Clinton – lead vocals on "Mommy, What's A Funkadelic?" & "What is Soul", vocal on "Cant'shake it loose"
  • Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins -vocals on "I Bet You" and "Good Old Music"
  • Calvin Simon – lead vocals on "Qualify and Satisfy"; vocals on "I Bet You" and "Can't shake it loose"
  • Ray Davis – vocals on "I Bet You"
  • Grady Thomas – vocals on "I Bet You"
Additional musicians
  • Ray Monette – guitar on (2,9)
  • Bob Babbitt – bass guitar on (1,2,9)
  • Bernie Worrell – Hammond organ on (4)
  • Earl Van Dyke – Hammond organ on (2,9)
  • Brad Innis – drums on (3)
  • Gasper Lawal – conga on (3)
  • Herb Sparkman – lead vocals on "Music for My Mother"

Additional vocals by Hot Buttered Soul.

  • Produced by George Clinton
  • Engineering by Milan Bogden, Russ Terrana, Ed Wolfrum, Bryan Dombrowski
  • Artwork design by The Graffiteria


  1. ^ a b Jason Birchmeier (1971-09-12). "Funkadelic - Funkadelic | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  2. ^ "CG: Funkadelic". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Julian Cope presents Head Heritage | Unsung | Reviews | Funkadelic - Funkadelic". Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  4. ^ Dominique Leone (2005-08-03). "Funkadelic: Funkadelic / Free Your Mind / Maggot Brain / America Eats Its Young Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  5. ^ Nathan Brackett; Christian David Hoard. "The New Rolling Stone Album Guide". p. 316. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Funkadelic". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 2016-08-22. 

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