John Scott's SSR Pick: August 18, 2022

What’s up Sorry State readers, it’s been over a month since the last newsletter, so I hope everyone has been enjoying the end of summer. I’ve been listening to a bunch of different music, but one group I keep finding myself coming back to is Funkadelic. My first introduction to their music was when I was probably around seven or eight and I was watching Good Burger with my older brothers and there’s a scene in it where Kenan and Kel get sent to a psych ward and they meet George Clinton in there and do an impromptu performance of (Not Just) Knee Deep to distract the guards while they escape. I remember loving the song and also wondering who the guy with the rainbow hair was cause he seemed important. It wasn’t till a few years later that I discovered the rest of Funkadelic’s music while trying to find out what the song from the movie was. The specific song I’m talking about is off Uncle Jam Wants You and, unfortunately, I don’t think the album is on any music streaming services, so I would have to listen to it on youtube. That’s why I was excited about snagging a copy at Sorry State a couple years ago one random day when I stopped in. Like all Funkadelic albums, it features some sweet cover art and some even sweeter art on the inside and back of the jacket. As the title suggests, there are some serious jams on here, my favorite being the aforementioned (Not Just) Knee Deep. It’s fifteen minutes of funk that’ll make even the biggest wet blanket get up and dance like they got ants in their pants. I highly recommend this album to anyone who has the desire to get into a funkier state of mind.

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