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Parliament's Mothership Connection

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Given the vast multi-headedness of the George Clinton milieu, it's tough to recommend one LP as a starting point (you might be best off with a compilation). But for those graduating to individual discs, Mothership is a fine place to start. The operative vibe here is, of course, funk — loose and sloppy funk built around a thicket of hooks and chants and licks and lines, all laid over rolling grooves that manage to be somehow intense and laid-back. The hit is "Tear the Roof off the Sucker," but it's all good. A party, y'all.

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Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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