Motor Booty Affair

Motor Booty Affair

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by Parliament

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By this point Parliament was one of the most accomplished and intelligent bands in music. With albums like Mothership Connection and The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein, George Clinton's druggy and patently eccentric humor often obscured the


By this point Parliament was one of the most accomplished and intelligent bands in music. With albums like Mothership Connection and The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein, George Clinton's druggy and patently eccentric humor often obscured the enviable musicianship throughout. Motor Booty Affair is no doubt another classic album and the perfect follow-up to 1977's Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome. On Motor Booty Affair, Clinton decides to yuck it up more with a great underwater concept and a few of his stronger alter egos, including the rhythmically challenged Sir Nose D' Void of Funk and his friend Rumpofsteelskin. The deft and airy "Mr. Wiggles" has Clinton taking on the persona of Wiggles, the "DJ of the affair" as he says: "Mr. Wiggles here on roller skates and a yo-yo/Acting a fool." The hypnotic "Rumpofsteelskin" has a great bassline and inventive and infectious background vocals. The closest thing to a ballad here is the astrologically savvy "(You're a Fish and I'm A) Water Sign." The well-produced "Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)" with its handclaps and high-pitched basslines basically set the standards for the sound of R&B in the coming decade. The sleeper of the album, "One of Those Funky Things," is filled with timbales, congas, and Bernie Worrell's great synth signatures. The last track, "Deep," has great, understated riffs from the Horny Horns. Although many Parliament efforts can't be fully appreciated unless the whole catalogue is nearby, Motor Booty Affair stands on its own merits and sustains the laugh throughout.

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Performance Credits

Parliament   Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals
Maceo Parker   Horn
Greg Black   Horn
Bootsy Collins   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Linda Brown   Background Vocals
George Clinton   Vocals
Phelps "Catfish" Collins   Guitar
Gary "Mudbone" Cooper   Drums,Vocals
Benny Cowan   Horn
Rodney Curtis   Bass
Raymond Davis   Vocals
Ron Ford   Vocals
Mallia Franklin   Background Vocals
Larry Frantangelo   Percussion
Rick Gardner   Horn
Richard "Kush" Griffith   Horn,Background Vocals
Michael Hampton   Guitar
Tyrone Lampkin   Drums
Lynn Mabry   Background Vocals
Cordell Mosson   Bass
Garry Shider   Guitar,Vocals
Dawn Silva   Background Vocals
Greg Thomas   Horn
Jeanette "Baby" Washington   Background Vocals
Fred Wesley   Horn
Debbie Wright   Background Vocals
Shirley Hayden   Background Vocals
Mike Payne   Background Vocals
Cheryl James   Background Vocals
Larry Heckstall   Background Vocals
J.S. Theracon   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Joey Zalabok   Background Vocals
Robert Johnson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bernie Worrell   Composer
Pete Bishop   Engineer
Bootsy Collins   Composer
George Clinton   Composer,Producer
Richard "Kush" Griffith   Arranger,Composer
Michael Hampton   Composer
Michael Iacopelli   Engineer
Greg Riley   Engineer
Garry Shider   Composer
Jim Vitti   Engineer
Fred Wesley   Arranger
J.S. Theracon   Composer

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Motor Booty Affair 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What's wrong with ''Frank Zappa-isms,'' man? Ain't nothin'. For real, this album is one of the most amazingly crafted works of art I have ever been witness to. The sounds within the album range from freaked-out bizarro funk to multilayered groove beats. Songs like ''One Of Those Funky Thangs'' utilize every instrument that exists, practically, throwing stuff in that only somebody like George Clinton could conceive of. Throughout the album, sound effects are created and used in the weirdest ways possible. Most notable is the ''underwater voice'' effect, which pervades most every track. Seeing that the album is supposed to illustrate a tripped out underwater dance party, I think that Clinton and the crew bring to full realization what a ''concept album'' should be. There's a DJ for the affair (''Mr. Wiggles''), the traditional no-fun P-Funk villains (Sir Nose'D and ''Rumpofsteelskin''), two beautiful ballads (''I'm A Fish And You're A Water Sign'' and the title track, which really gets down), some goofy funk monsters (''Aqua Boogie'' and ''Deep''), and two other very interesting tracks--the aforementioned ''One Of Those Funky Thangs'' and the wild ''Liquid Sunshine.'' Altogether, these elements make something that is indescribable, wonderful, outrageous, and brilliant all at the same time. Get this album and become one with the rest of the world--on earth and underwater--you'll be sure to get really ''deep.''