The Electric Spanking of War Babies

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The Electric Spanking of War Babies
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 14, 1981
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerGeorge Clinton
Funkadelic chronology
Connections & Disconnections
The Electric Spanking of War Babies
By Way of the Drum
P-Funk collective chronology
The Electric Spanking of War Babies
Computer Games
Alternative cover
Original, uncensored cover
Original, uncensored cover

The Electric Spanking of War Babies is the 13th studio album by the American funk band Funkadelic, released in April 1981 on Warner Bros. Records. The title is an allusion to the Vietnam War and baby boomers. It includes many relative newcomers to P-Funk, many of whom remained employed by George Clinton on future releases under his own name or under the name George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars. Sly Stone is a collaborator on this album. Clinton originally planned on this being a double album, but the idea was quashed by Warner Brothers. Some of the deleted tracks appeared on later P-Funk releases, most notably the 1982 hit single "Atomic Dog" which appeared on the first George Clinton solo album, Computer Games. Of all the original group members only George Clinton, Ray Davis, and Eddie Hazel appears on Funkadelic's debut until this album. Junie Morrison plays all the instruments on the title track except the guitar solo which was played by Michael Hampton. This was the last Album to feature Eddie Hazel, Ray Davis, Garry Shider, Junie Morrison, Mallia Franklin, and Jessica Cleaves. Also this is the only Funkadelic album the late Roger Troutman appears on as well.

Track listing[edit]

Side One
1."The Electric Spanking of War Babies"Bob Bishop, George Clinton, Junie Morrison8:40
2."Electro-Cuties"Jimmy Ali, Clinton, Ron Ford6:12
3."Funk Gets Stronger, Part 1"Clinton, Michael Hampton6:41

Side Two
1."Brettino's Bounce"Larry Fratangelo3:40
2."Funk Gets Stronger (Killer Millimeter Longer Version)" (interpolates She Loves You by the Beatles)Clinton. Sylvester Stewart4:43
3."Shockwaves"Ron Dunbar, DeWayne McKnight5:08
4."Oh, I"Clinton, Rodney Curtis, Garry Shider4:54
5."Icka Prick"Clinton, Shider4:08

4 produced by George Clinton. All others co-produced by Clinton with:

1 - Junie Morrison; 2 - Ron Ford; 3 - Bootsy Collins and Sly Stone; 5 - Sly Stone; 6 - Ron Dunbar; 7,8 - Garry Shider.


Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Blender4/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauA−[3]
New York Times(mixed)[4]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[5]
Uppity Music(favorable)[6]
  • "Whether or not one cares to examine its hidden political messages, Electric Spanking is an above-average party album."
  • "George Clinton reaches into the disgusting depths of his drug-addled mind and comes up with the solidest, weirdest chunk of P-Funk since one nation gathered under a groove."


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