Chances are you were listening to George Clinton long before you knew you were listening to George Clinton. Samples borrowed from the complex, multilayered funk he has orchestrated over half a century provided the groove for countless hits by Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, the Notorious B.I.G. and dozens of other hip-hop acts. Even Prince sampled George Clinton. Funkadelic, like Parliament and P-Funk, was just one of the elastic rubrics under which Clinton convened the likes of Bernie Worrell and Bootsy Collins for a psychedelic rendering of the African-American musical experience, with homage to everyone from James Brown to Jimi Hendrix. “One Nation Under a Groove” marked a high point for Clinton, a chart-topping 1978 single cited by most cognoscenti on their lists of the most influential songs of all time. Its “Feet, don’t fail me now!” refrain was apposite for a musician whose typical concert puts his audience through a four-hour workout. Don’t even think about listening to it sitting down.
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