Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome  

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"Afrofuturist ideas were taken up in 1975 by George Clinton and his bands Parliament and Funkadelic with his magnum opus Mothership Connection and the subsequent The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein, P-Funk Earth Tour, Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome, and Motor Booty Affair. In the thematic underpinnings to P-Funk mythology ("pure cloned funk"), Clinton in his alter ego Starchild spoke of "certified Afronauts, capable of funkitizing galaxies." --Sholem Stein

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Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome is a funk album by Parliament, released in 1977 (see 1977 in music).

The album is considered to be one of the best in Parliament's oeuvre. 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 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.

Track listing

  1. "Bop Gun (Endangered Species)" (G. Clinton/G. Shider/B. Worrell) – 8:31 (released as a single-Casablanca NB 900)
  2. "Sir Nose d'Voidoffunk [Pay Attention - B3M]" (G. Clinton/W. Collins/B. Worrell) – 10:04
  3. "Wizard of Finance" (G. Clinton/R. Ford/G. Goins) – 4:23
  4. "Funkentelechy" (G. Clinton/W. Collins) – 10:56 (released as a single-Casablanca NB 921)
  5. "Placebo Syndrome" (G. Clinton/B. Nelson) – 4:20
  6. "Flash Light" (G. Clinton/W. Collins/B. Worrell) – 5:46 (released as a single-Casablanca NB 909 and as a promo only 12" single Casablanca NB 20113 DJ)

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