Wednesday, September 24, 2008

George Clinton's latest due out Oct. 7

Maybe it was the rainbow mirage or the party favors that distracted George Clinton. Or maybe it was the almighty Atomic Dog in him. But one thing is for sure: The stank is back in the air!!

The beloved funk innovator has finally left the recording studio (marking his second round) -- and is set to release a new, final version of George Clinton And His Gangsters of Love (Shanachie Records) on October 7, with four hidden bonus tracks.

The largely covers album pays homage to iconic songs spanning the decades, some touching on Clinton's early "Doo Wop" roots, and features special guests the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Carlos Santana, Sly Stone, The RZA (Wu Tang) Shavo Odadjian (System of a Down), Kim Burrell, El DeBarge and P-Funk, among others.

This year Clinton also proudly celebrates the 40th Anniversary of his early pioneering group - The Funkadelics.

Comments George: "It's a new age for funk music. We're hitting the sixth and seventh dimensions. We're skipping the fourth and fifth because they booby-trapped already. We're doing something newer and unheard of. And if you crazy enough to want to go for a ride, then jump on the Mothership, we'll take off together."

George Clinton will hit the late night national television circuit with scheduled performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and on The Late Show with David Letterman on Halloween (10/31). He will be joined on both television appearances by The RZA and Shavo Odadjian.

Clinton is also scheduled to participate in CMJ Music Marathon 2008 with an All-Star performance at B.B. King's on October 23 that will be capped off by a "George Clinton Look-Alike" contest -- just in time for Halloween.

He will also participate in a specially-themed "One Nation One Groove" CMJ Producers Panel on October 24, which also includes a tribute to George and P-Funk for giving us 40 years of great funk music. The "roast" style event will feature many of his most intimate friends, inviting the audience to share a rare glimpse of the artist behind-the-scenes.

It's hard to imagine that the ultra-colorful, rainbow-haired Clinton, is indeed color blind. The man is all about color, as his most recent trip to the studio suggests, adding more and more colorful layers of classic roots-based, swinging soul and blues infused funk to George Clinton And His Gangsters Of Love. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, who is considered to be one of the most sampled artists in the business, once vowed to wear extremely vibrant rainbow colored frocks until he got a hit record, so people wouldn't forget about him.

But Clinton's legacy is rock solid. He represents a strong link that bridges the past with the present and the future. He was instrumental in birthing much of today's rap and hip hop, with rappers citing his work as a major influence, and rapper/producer Dr. Dre sampling most of his beats to create his G-funk era music. He is also a major architect of classic, iconic funk songs and timeless beats, always pushing the envelope forward.As Clinton states, it's a new age for funk music. And his vision is always set miles ahead of the curve. He's ready to hit the eighth and ninth dimensions by now...

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