George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

funkadelic-75-lets-take-it-to-the-stageOften cited as one of the foremost innovators of funk music, along with James Brown and Sly Stone, The American singer and musician, bandleader, music producer and  principal architect of P-Funk, George Clinton, was born 22 July 1941.  He pioneered late 1960s and early ’70s funk. The fusion of R&B rhythms, infectious melodies, and psychedelia  and  also created a new pop/soul/rock hybrid called Funkadelic, the impact of which has proven lasting and widespread. George was the also the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s.

The collective’s origins date back to the doo-wop group The Parliaments, which was formed in the late 1950s in Plainfield, New Jersey by a then teenage George Clinton and For a period in the 1960s Clinton was also a staff songwriter for Motown. Despite initial commercial failure (and one major hit single, “(I Wanna) Testify” in 1967), The Parliaments eventually found success under the names Parliament and Funkadelic in the seventies as a  funk, soul and rock music collective headed by George Clinton.Funkadelic had a psychedelic rock touch whose influences include the amplifier sounds of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, James Brown’s funk, blues, Sun Ra’s experimentation, Frank Zappa’s and the Coasters’ humour, the concept albums of the Beatles and the Who and southern soul artists like Otis Redding and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, other influences also include the funky side of Hendrix and Sly Stone, Motown soul groups turned funk groups like the Temptations, the political songs of the Impressions, Rufus Thomas’ southern funk, doo-wop groups like the Coasters for the humour and Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. Their style has been dubbed P-Funk.

FunkadelicMotorCityCollectively the group has existed under various names since the 1960s and has been known for top-notch musicianship, politically charged lyrics, outlandish concept albums and memorable live performances.  Overall, the collective achieved thirteen top ten hits in the American R&B music charts between 1967 and 1983, including six number one hits and  and three platinum albums.By the early 1980s, Clinton consolidated the collective’s multiple projects and continued touring under the names “George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars” or “George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic”. In 1982, Clinton released the songs Computer Games and “Atomic Dog”. During the next four years, Clinton released three more studio albums (You Shouldn’t-Nuf Bit Fish, Some of My Best Jokes Are Friends and R&B Skeletons in the Closet) as well as a live album, Mothership Connection (Live from the Summit, Houston, Texas) and charting three singles in the R&B Top 30, “Nubian Nut”, “Last Dance”, and “Do Fries Go with That Shake?”.In 1985, he was recruited by the Red Hot Chili Peppers to produce their album Freaky Styley, because the band members were huge fans of George Clinton and funk in general. Clinton, in fact, wrote the vocals and lyrics to the title track which was originally intended by the band to be left as an instrumental piece. The album was not a commercial success at the time, but has since sold 500,000 copies after the Red Hot Chili Peppers became popular years later.

clintonhardcoreClinton  is also a notable music producer working on almost all of the albums he performs on, as well as producing albums for Bootsy Collins  and also contribute to several tracks on Primal Scream’s studio album Give Out But Don’t Give Up, and also sang “Mind Games” on the John Lennon tribute Working Class Hero.   Clinton also worked with Tupac Shakur on the song “Can’t C Me” from the album All Eyez on Me; Ice Cube on the song and video for “Bop Gun (One Nation)” on the Lethal Injection album (which sampled Funkadelic’s earlier hit “One Nation Under A Groove”); Outkast on the song “Synthesizer” from the album Aquemini; Redman on the song “J.U.M.P.” from the album Malpractice; Souls of Mischief on “Mama Knows Best” from the album Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution; Killah Priest on “Come With me” from the album Priesthood, and the Wu Tang Clan on “Wolves” from the album 8 Diagrams.

In 1997 Sixteen members of Parliament-Funkadelic (Including Clinton) were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  and  P-Funk’s effect on modern popular music is  still immense. Besides their innovation in the entire genre of funk music, George Clinton and P-Funk are still heard often today, especially in hip-hop sampling. The song “Atomic Dog” is one of the most sampled songs in the history of hip hop, especially in the sub-genre G-funk. The Red Hot Chili Peppers video for their 2006 single Dani California featured a tribute to Parliament-Funkadelic. Parliament-Funkadelic’s musical influence can also be heard in R&B, Soul music, Electronica, Gospel, Jazz, and New Wave

Rick Davies (Supertramp)

Rick Davies, English singer-songwriter and keyboardist with 70’s band Supertramp was born 22 July 1944. Supertramp formed in 1969 under the name ”Daddy” before renaming themselves in early 1970. Though their music was initially categorised as progressive rock, they have since incorporated a combination of traditional Rock, pop and art rock into their music. The band’s work is marked by the inventive songwriting of Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson, the distinctive voice of Hodgson, and the prominent use of Wurlitzer electric piano and saxophone in their songs.

While the band’s early work was mainstream progressive rock, they would enjoy greater critical and commercial success when they incorporated more conventional and radio-friendly elements into their work in the mid-1970s, going on to sell more than 60 million albums.They reached their peak of commercial success with 1979′s Breakfast in America, which has sold more than 20 million copies.Though their albums were generally far more successful than their singles, Supertramp did enjoy a number of major hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including “Bloody Well Right”, “Give a Little Bit”, “The Logical Song”, “Goodbye Stranger”, “Take the Long Way Home”, “Dreamer”, “Breakfast in America”, “It’s Raining Again”, and “Cannonball”. The band attained significant popularity in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa and Australia With classic albums like Breakfast in America and It Was the Best of Times. Since Hodgson’s departure in 1983, founder Rick Davies has led the band by himself.

 

 

Jack the Giant Slayer

I would like to watch the  fantasy—adventure film Jack the Giant Slayer, which is out on DVD &:BLU RAY on 22 July 2013. The  film is based on the fairy tales, “Jack the Giant Killer” and “Jack and the Beanstalk”, directed by Bryan Singer and stars Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor with a screenplay written by Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie and Dan Studney.

The film takes place in the Kingdom of Cloister and tells the story of Jack, (Hoult) a young farmhand who is fascinated by the legend of Erik, an ancient king who defeated an army of invading giants from a realm in the sky by controlling them with a magical crown. Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) the daughter of the ruling King Brahmwell  (Ian McShane) also becomes fascinated with the same legend.

Ten years later, while Jack is in town selling his horse to support his uncle’s farm, he defends Princees Iasabelle from a group of thugs. Meanwhile, Lord Roderick (Stanley Tucci) gets robbed by a monk and instead of selling the horse Jack finds himself accepting the magic beans which the monk has stolen from Lord Roderick. Once home Jack’s uncle scolds him for being foolish before throwing the beans on the floor. Meanwhile Isabelle finds herself betrothed to Lord Roderick but would rather be free and have fun and quarrels with her father.  so she sneaks out of castle and runs off however it starts raining and she ends up seeking shelter from the rain in Jack’s house. During the rainstorm one of the magic beans germinates and takes root growing into a massive beanstalk at a rather alarming rate carrying the house and Isabelle into the sky. SO Jack, Roderick, and Roderick’s attendant, Wicke, volunteer to join the king’s knights, led by Elmont (Ewan McGregor) and his second in-command, Crawe, and they all set off up the beanstalk to rescue Isabelle.

When they reach the top, they discover the giants’ realm and decide to investigate but soon find themselves in great peril when they get trapped by a giant, who takes everyone prisoner apart from Jack, they then encounter two other giants. So Jack tries to rescue them and learns that the Gians led by the two headed giant Fallon, intend to descend the beanstalk and attack Cloister. so Jack decends the beanstalk, to warn the people of Cloister and Brahmwell orders the beanstalk cut down to avoid an invasion by the giants. However the giants are also using magic beans from their realm to create beanstalks to descend down to Earth and attack Cloister and the castle.

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