Song of the Day: Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove”

As I noted yesterday, George Clinton lost the rights to the name Parliament in a dispute with his record company, and rechristened the band Funkadelic in 1968. The new ensemble focused its music on a more guitar-oriented sound that mixed in elements such as psychedelic funk and psychedelic rock. When Clinton was able to use the name Parliament again, that band played more mainstream funk. "One Nation Under A Groove" is the title track from Funkadelic’s 1978 album, their most-successful album to date and considered by some to be the best funk album ever. The song was their most-successful single, topping the Soul/R&B chart for six weeks and reaching #28 on the Hot 100. It’s included in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s list of 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll and is #474 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.

10 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Funkadelic, “One Nation Under A Groove”

      1. I loved learning a few of those licks on bass…you can fit them into most styles here or there.


  1. I just wrote here and it didn’t take…..I just said I am missing Soul Train and I think I heard this group before..I think, from my brother.


    1. “Soul Train” ran for 35 years, can you believe it? I think every R&B act appeared on there at least once, and they even had David Bowie, Elton John, and Dennis Coffey (the Motown house band’s guitarist who went solo), and maybe even Eumir Deodato were guests. Great show, and I’m sure Parliament, Funkadelic, and P-Funk (the two bands together) were on there.


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