By: Kyle Kreig
Album: Maggot Brain
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
I could start this week’s Time Capsule Tuesday by saying something like “Let’s get funked up!” or “This time, I ain’t funkin’ around!” But I won’t. Instead, I’ll steer clear of the cliche, funk-related phrases we’ve all heard a ga-jillion times–because honestly, this album is truly so much more than a funk album. If anything, labeling it as simply a funk album seems so limiting. Psychedelic rock, soul, smooth funk, raunchy funk and all the funk in between makes an appearance on Maggot Brain and it’s all absolutely epic.
Maggot Brain, is Funkadelic’s third record and what I consider to be their finest body of work. As the record spins on, it’s obvious how each song is such a complete departure from the last. The title track, “Maggot Brain,” kicks things off with an odyssey of a guitar solo by the now legendary Eddie Hazel. At 10:20 long “Maggot Brain” sucks up nearly a third of the album’s total playing time, and it’s something to behold. The spacey jams and hypnotizing, LSD-infused guitar riffs make this track a psychedelic masterpiece and required listening for Hendrix and Cream fans.
After coming down from the opening track you get a taste of some funkified soul-power with the track “Can You Get To That”. Notice there’s no question mark; do you know why? Because Funkadelic didn’t have time to worry about punctuation, they were too busy making a kick ass record! Wahoo! Anyway, “Can You Get To That” is absolutely killer, the vocal work done by the Funkadelic ladies is catchy and the hooks will stick in your head for the rest of the day.
Other tracks to check out are “Hit It and Quit It” and “Super Stupid”. These two tracks smack you with the funk harder than a pissed-off Catholic School nun. The organ riffs on “Hit It it and Quit It” will get just about anyone moving; it’s a track that should be on everyone’s go-to house party mix.
It’s at times funky, at times psychedelic, and at times… straight up chaotic. But all of these elements are what make it such a memorable album. Go, listen and spread the good word of the funk!
*Funky Fun Fact*
Funkadelic tracks have been sampled by many of your favorite hip-hop artists such as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, De La Soul, Common, Atmosphere and Murs just to name a few.