Funkadelic - Electric Spanking Of War Babies

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Capitol/Priority Records
Catalog Number: 7243 5 39376 2 1
Format: CD
Total Time: 42:27:00

Keith reviewed four titles (Hardcore Jollies, One Nation Under A Groove, Uncle Jam Wants You, and Electric Spanking Of War Babies) in one review; they are listed separately in the database -ed.

Electric Spanking Of War Babies (1981, Warner Bros., BSK 3482) - This release is a remarkable display of funk, rhythm & blues. The main feature is the scorching red-hot guitar licks by the incomparable one-two punch of Michael Hampton and Eddie Hazel. Out of the four most formative and important releases in the Funkadelic catalog this is the one that is most impressive. Every single track packs a knockout punch. The previous three releases seemed like a warm up for the onslaught of funk-rock that is on display here. Funk and rock definitely get stronger, the strongest yet on this superb album.

The colorful, revealing, cartoonish artwork of Pedro Bell (blocked on this CD reissue cover) would once again fit into the Funkadelic machines parts like a glove. The original artwork however is found inside. The picture features an electronic metallic phallic symbol with a nude woman getting a spanking.

This one album would set that standard for all of those that came after Clinton and his troops packed it all in and went home.

George Clinton and Funkadelic were trendsetters and innovators of a genre. They were funny, sexist, weird, colorful, intelligent, and above all, creative with their music and visual presentations. I would define this as funk-rock without hesitation; I will however leave room for adding the term progressive as a descriptive word for their sound. Given the fact that there was nothing like this before they got started qualifies them as true pioneers. Clinton was progressive and a real risk taker. In the end, after all was said and done, the funk would rule. For a short time, we were one nation under a groove. Thanks for all the funkin' fun George.

Note: Make sure you stop by Clinton's website, it is a real trip!

Lastest reissue - 2005 by Get Back Italy (98023) on LP; 2004 by Charly (#215)

[Review begins with Hardcore Jollies]

Electric Spanking of War Babies (8:39) / Electro-Cuties (6:12) / Funk Gets Stronger, Pt. 1 (6:40) / Brettino's Bounce (3:40) / Funk Gets Stronger - She Loves You (Killer Millimeter Longer Version) (4:26) / Shockwaves (5:08) / Oh, I (4:53) / Icka Prick (4:09)

Andre Williams - vocals
Michael Brecker - saxophone, alto sax
Eddie Hazel - guitar
Robert Johnson - vocals
Mother Love - vocals
Walter "Junie" Morrison - bass, guitar, drums, keyboards, vocals
Philippe Wynne - vocals
Tony Thomas - vocals
Muruga - percussion
Sidney Barnes - vocals
Jessica Cleaves - vocals
George Clinton - vocals
Lige Curry - bass, vocals
Rodney Curtis - bass
Raymond Davis - vocals
Tony Davis - vocals
Ron Ford - vocals
Mallia Franklin - vocals
Lawrence Fratangelo - percussion
Michael Hampton - guitar, vocals
Larry Hatcher - vocals
Sheila Horne - vocals
Tyrone Lampkin - drums
Dewayne Blackbird McKnight - guitar
Pat Rizzo - saxophone, alto sax
Cynthia Robinson - trumpet
Manon Saulsby - keyboards
Gary Shider - rhythm guitar, vocals
Dawn Silva - vocals
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart - synthesizer, drums, rhythm guitar, keyboards, vocals
Roger Troutman - synthesizer, bass, rhythm guitar, Moog synthesizer, Moog bass
Jeanette "Baby" Washington - vocals
Shirley Hayden - vocals
Cheryl James - vocals
David Lee Chong - synthesizer, keyboards
Jeannette McGruder - vocals
Jerome Ali - guitar
Janice Evans - vocals
Larry Heckstall - vocals
Ron Dunbar - vocals
Gordon Carlton - rhythm guitar
Kenny Colton - drums, vocals
Donnie Sterling - vocals
Nina Hoover - vocals
Jimmy Ali - bass
Jerome Rogers - vocals
Patty Walker - vocals
Stevie Pannall - vocals
Kevin Oliver - vocals
Robert "Billy" Johnson - vocals

Funkadelic (1970)
Free Your Mind ... And Your Ass Will Follow (1970)
Maggot Brain (1971)
America Eats Its Young (1972)
Cosmic Slop (1973/2000)
Standing On the Verge Of Getting It On (1974)
Let's Take it To The Stage (1975)
Funkadelic's Greatest Hits (1975)
Hardcore Jollies (1976/2002)
Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic (1976)
The Best Of The Early Years, Vo1. 1 (1977)
One Nation Under A Groove (1978/2002)
Uncle Jam Wants You (1979/2002)
Connections & Disconnections (1981)
The Electric Spanking Of War Babies (1981/2002)
Who's A Funkadelic? (1981)
Music For Your Mother (1993)
Best Of Funkadelic (1976-1981) (1994)
Hardcore Funk Jam (1994)
Live: Meadowbrook, Rochester, Michigan 12th September 1971 (1996)
Ultimate (1997)
Finest (1997)
The Very Best Of Funkadelic (1998)
Best (1999)
Suitably Funky (2000)
The Original Cosmic Funk Crew (2000)
Funk Gets Stronger (2000)
The Funkadelic Collection, Vol. 1 (2000)
The Funkadelic Collection, Vol. 2 (2000)
The Legends Collection (2001)
Toys (2002)
Motor City Madness: The Ultimate Funkadelic (2003/2006)
Under A Groove (2004)
Cosmic Funkers (2004)
The Whole Funk & Nothing But the Funk: Definitive Funkadelic 1976-1981 (2005)
Finest (2005)
BD Funk Series (2006)
Funkadelic (2006)
Mastercuts Legends (2006)
BD Soul - Funkadelic (+Buch) (2006)
The Essential Funkadelic (2006)
By Way Of The Drum (2007)

Genre: Other

Origin US

Added: August 25th 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
Artist website:
Hits: 1175
Language: english


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