November 28, 1977
Parliament – Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome
01. Bop Gun (Endangered Species)
02. Sir Nose d’Voidoffunk [Pay Attention – B3M]
03. Wizard of Finance
05. Placebo Syndrome
06. Flash Light
Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome is a funk album by Parliament, released in 1977.
VOCALS: George Clinton, Ray Davis, Glenn Goins, Garry Shider, Debbie Wright, Jeanette Washington, Lynn Mabry, Dawn Silva, Cordell Mosson
KEYBOARD & SYNTHESIZERS: Bernie Worrell
GUITARS: Michael Hampton, Glenn Goins, Garry Shider
BASS: Cordell Mosson
DRUMS & PERCUSSION: Jerome Brailey
HORNS: Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Rick Gardner, Richard Griffin, Clay Lawrey, Darryl Dixon, Valerie Drayton, Danny Cortez
The album is considered to be one of the best in Parliament’s catalog. It is a loose concept album warning the listener of falling into the ‘Placebo Syndrome’, which according to George Clinton is consumerism, and listening to disco music, which he saw as a simplification of funk music in attempt to gain commercial success. The album spawned a number #1 single in “Flash Light”, which features a funky synthesizer bass line played by keyboardist Bernie Worrell. The album became Parliament’s fourth consecutive gold album and second platinum album.
The original vinyl release contained a 22″ by 33″ inch poster of the character “Sir Nose D’Voidoffunk”, as well as an 8 page comic book that explains the concept behind the LP. Both the poster and the comic book were illustrated by Overton Loyd.
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