Hey, Man, Smell My Finger

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Hey, Man, Smell My Finger
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 12, 1993
GenreFunk, hip hop, R&B, dance
LabelPaisley Park
ProducerGeorge Clinton
George Clinton chronology
The Cinderella Theory
Hey, Man, Smell My Finger
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Baltimore Sun(favorable)[2]
Robert ChristgauA−[3]
Entertainment WeeklyA[4]
The Independent(favorable)[5]
Orlando Sentinel4/4 stars[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[7]
USA Today3.5/4 stars[8]
The Village Voice(favorable)[9]
Yahoo! Music(favorable)[10]

Hey, Man, Smell My Finger is the sixth studio album by American funk musician George Clinton, released October 12, 1993 on Paisley Park Records.[11] It is Clinton's second and last release for the Paisley Park label, owned by Prince. The album features an array of musical guests including Prince, Dallas Austin, Humpty Hump from Digital Underground, Ice Cube, N'Dea Davenport, Dr. Dre, and Herbie Hancock, as well P-Funk alumni including Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Maceo Parker, and Fred Wesley. Hey, Man, Smell My Finger furthers Clinton's incorporation of hip hop elements such as electronically produced beats, rapping by Clinton, and sampling of older P-Funk material.[8][12]

The album was acclaimed by most music critics and was followed by a supporting tour.[13] The New Yorker called it "a funny, psychedelic, intricate collection of grooves and insights."[14] It went out of print soon after Paisley Park Records folded in late 1993.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Martial Law" - (7:13) (George Clinton William Bryant III, Kerry Gordy)
  2. "Paint The White House Black" (ft. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Chuck D, Public Enemy, Yo-Yo, MC Breed, Kam & Shock-G) - (7:49) (Clinton, Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield, Gordy, Bryant III)
  3. "Way Up" - (5:07) (Clinton, Foley)
  4. "Dis Beat Disrupts" - (3:29) (Clinton, William Payne, Lewis)
  5. "Get Satisfied" - (3:55) (Lewis)
  6. "Hollywood" - (5:21) (Lewis, Dallas Austin)
  7. "Rhythm & Rhyme" - (5:40) (Clinton, Galma, P. Hope)
  8. "The Big Pump" - (3:34) (Clinton, Prince)
  9. "If True Love" - (3:57) (Clinton, Lewis)
  10. "High In My Hello" - (5:16) (Clinton, Steve Washington)
  11. "Maximumisness" - (5:02) (Clinton, Bill Laswell, William "Bootsy" Collins)
  12. "Kickback" - (3:41) (Clinton, Lewis, Steven Boyd, Phelps "Catfish" Collins)
  13. "The Flag Was Still There" - (5:58)
  14. "Martial Law" - single version - (4:13)


  1. "Paint The White House Black"-Paisley Park 9 41057-2 (CD Maxi-single); Paisley Park 9 41057-0 (12" vinyl single); also features the track "Booty", which is not featured on the album.
  2. "Martial Law"-Paisley Park 9 41214-0 and a two disc colored vinyl (red and green) edition with X-rated deep down & dirty and clean mixes-Paisley Park PRO-A-5998




  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Hey, Man, Smell My Finger - George Clinton". Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-08-07.
  2. ^ Considine, J.D. "Funkiest Clinton yet delivers his groove as a matter of record". The Baltimore Sun: 1.D. October 12, 1993.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: George Clinton". The Village Voice: 1993.
  4. ^ Tucker, Ken (October 15, 1993). "Hey, Man...Smell My Finger Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-08-07.
  5. ^ Thompson, Ben (November 21, 1993). "RECORDS / New Releases (George Clinton: Hey, Man... Smell My Finger)". The Independent. Retrieved on 2009-08-07.
  6. ^ Gettelman, Parry.George Clinton (Hey, Man, Smell My Finger)". Orlando Sentinel: 10. November 12, 1993.
  7. ^ Smith, Danyel (January 24, 1994). "Hey Man, Smell My Finger". Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2009-08-07.
  8. ^ a b Jones, James T. "George Clinton's 'Smell' up to snuff". USA Today: 7.D. November 3, 1993.
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Loose Canon". The Village Voice: November 2, 1993.
  10. ^ Meyer, Frank (October 12, 1993). "George Clinton: Hey Man...Smell My Finger". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved on 2009-08-07.
  11. ^ Product Page: Hey, Man, Smell My Finger (CD). Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2009-08-07.
  12. ^ Kenny, Glenn. "TrouserPress.com :: George Clinton". Trouser Press. Retrieved on 2009-08-07.
  13. ^ Columnist. "Document ID: 0EB8284501E45740". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: March 10, 1994.
  14. ^ "George Clinton: Hey, Man, Smell My Finger". The New Yorker. New York: F-R Pub. Corp.: 25 December 20, 1993.

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