The Electric Spanking of War Babies

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Electric Spanking of War Babies
Studio album by Funkadelic
Released April 14, 1981
Genre Funk
Length 44:10
Label Warner Bros.
Producer George Clinton
Funkadelic chronology
Connections & Disconnections
(1980)Connections & Disconnections1980
The Electric Spanking of War Babies
By Way of the Drum
(2007)By Way of the Drum2007
P-Funk collective chronology
(1980) Trombipulation1980
The Electric Spanking of War Babies
(1981) The Electric Spanking of War Babies1981
Computer Games
(1982) Computer Games1982
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 of 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]

1. The Electric Spanking of War Babies - 8:40

(Bob Bishop, George Clinton, Junie Morrison)

2. Electro-Cuties - 6:12

(Jimmy Ali, Clinton, Ron Ford)

3. Funk Gets Stronger, Part 1 - 6:41

(Clinton, Michael Hampton)

4. Brettino's Bounce - 3:40

(Larry Fratangelo)

5. Funk Gets Stronger (Killer Millimeter Longer Version) - 4:43

(Clinton, Sylvester Stewart)

6. Shockwaves - 5:08

(Ron Dunbar, DeWayne McKnight)

7. Oh, I - 4:54

(Clinton, Rodney Curtis, Garry Shider)

8. Icka Prick - 4:08

(Clinton, Shider)

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. [1]

5 contains an interpolation from She Loves You by the Beatles.



Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]
New York Times (mixed)[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]
Uppity Music (favorable)[7]
  • "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."


External links[edit]