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Gloryhallastoopid (Or Pin the Tale on the Funky)
Studio album by
StudioUnited Sound Systems, Detroit, Michigan
ProducerGeorge Clinton
Parliament chronology
Motor Booty Affair
Gloryhallastoopid (Or Pin the Tale on the Funky)

Gloryhallastoopid (Or Pin the Tale on the Funky) is the eighth album by the American funk band Parliament.[1] It was their penultimate album on the Casablanca Records label, and is another concept album that tries to explain that Funk was responsible for the creation of the universe (see P Funk mythology). It reuses samples from previous albums, notably Mothership Connection and Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Bay State BannerA−[3]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[4]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide[5]
Record Mirror[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[1]
Spin Alternative Record Guide5/10[7]
Tom Hull – on the WebB+ ((2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention))[8]
The Virgin Encyclopedia of R&B and Soul[9]

The Bay State Banner wrote that, "however subtle Parliament has become, we continue to get low-register bass riffs, synthesizer horror riffs, disco tempos, and double-entendre lyrics pairing the nature of the cosmos with the behavior of the sex drive."[3] The Oakland Tribune called the album "a gem of cosmic Uncle Tomfoolery," and considered it to be better than Uncle Jam Wants You.[10] The Buffalo News determined that much of the "funky power is lost," but praised "Theme from the Black Hole".[11] Newsday opined that "Party People" "catches George Clinton reaching too hard for a pop hit."[12]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Prologue" – 0:47
  2. "(Gloryhallastoopid) Pin the Tail on the Funky" (Collins, Clinton) – 4:06
  3. "Party People" (Collins, Clinton, Shider) – 10:08 (released as a 4:46 single-Casablanca NB 2222)
  4. "The Big Bang Theory" (Sterling, Dunbar, Clinton) – 7:10 (released as a single-Casablanca NB 2250)
  5. "The Freeze (Sizzaleenmean)" (McKnight, Clinton) – 8:59
  6. "Colour Me Funky" (Theracon, Clinton) – 4:51
  7. "Theme from the Black Hole" (Collins, Clinton, Theracon) – 4:38 (released as a single-Casablanca NB 2235 and as a 12" single with "The Big Bang Theory"-Casablanca NB 20208)
  8. "May We Bang You?" (Clinton, Collins, Collins, Theracon) – 4:43


The Odd Squad Musicians[edit]

  • Totally Treacherous But Slightly Silly Axe Molestors (guitars): Michael Hampton, Garry Shider, William Collins, Phelps Collins, Gordon Carlton, DeWayne McKnight, Walter "Junie" Morrison
  • Underneath Below Bottom and Other Deep Basic Activities (bass)[ambiguous]: Rodney Curtis, Donnie Sterling, William Collins, DeWayne McKnight, Walter Morrison
  • Goofin' Gooey Quacy Quirkn' Glueon Key Bangers? (keyboards): Bernie Worrell, Walter Morrison, David Lee Chong
  • African Telephone Operators (drums): Dennis Chambers, Kenny Colton, Tyrone Lampkin, William Collins, DeWayne McKnight
  • Directory Assistance (percussion): Larry Fratangelo, Carl "Butch" Small
  • Pieces of Mouf (Mouf Pieces) (horns): Greg Thomas, Greg Boyer, Bennie Cowens, Larry Hatcher, Maceo Parker, Sam Peakes
  • Horn arrangements: Bernie Worrell, Fred Wesley, P-Funk Horns (The Baltimore Connection Horn Section), Sam Peakes

Scream Division[edit]


  1. ^ a b The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. pp. 532, 533.
  2. ^ Gloryhallastoopid at AllMusic
  3. ^ a b Freedberg, Mike (13 Dec 1979). "P-funk II: Parliament, Gloryhallastoopid". Bay State Banner. No. 7. p. 13.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: P". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  5. ^ MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1996. p. 148.
  6. ^ Sexton, Paul (16 February 1980). "Parilament: Gloryhallastoopid". Record Mirror. p. 16.
  7. ^ Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. 1995. p. 296.
  8. ^ Hull, Tom (May 24, 2021). "Music Week". Tom Hull – on the Web. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  9. ^ Larkin, Colin (1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of R&B and Soul. Virgin. p. 255.
  10. ^ Kelp, Larry (16 Dec 1979). "Parliament: Gloryhallastoopid". Oakland Tribune. p. G34.
  11. ^ Hollins, Dennis (25 Jan 1980). "Records: Soul". Gusto. The Buffalo News. p. 26.
  12. ^ Robins, Wayne (9 Mar 1980). "A Question of Sales". Records. Newsday. p. 9.

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