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Repost: “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)”

Posted by purplemary54 on August 4, 2013

So when Parliament popped up on the itunes tonight, I gave in to the urge and did a little chair dancing (dancing while sitting down; it requires absolutely no talent).  Of course, if you’re not bopping your head or tapping your toes or shaking something when this song is playing, you’re probably dead.  George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and company make some of the most danceable music ever in the history of music.  It’s what makes Parliament-Funkadelic great.  “Give Up the Funk” could be a club hit today.  From the opening chant to “Tear the roof off the mother, sucker,” you get pulled in (unless you are momentarily confused and think he’s actually saying something a lot nastier).  I’m actually finding it a little difficult to stop moving long enough to type.

That’s the point of music: to evoke an emotional or physical reaction.  From catharsis to sex, music runs the gamut of the human experience.  It doesn’t matter what form it takes, whether it’s made by men or women, or what color anyone is.  If the music is done right (with talent and care), someone will hear it and respond.  Music only comes to life when it matters in some way.  Now, I don’t mean that it has to be deep or meaningful in some kind of philosophical or socially redeeming sense.  Despite an undercurrent of racial politics and anger, “Give Up the Funk” is not exactly thought-provoking.  When I say music must matter, I mean it must matter to the listener.  There must be some reason to keep listening, some feeling created.  The world gets changed in small ways every time a song (or a painting or a book or any kind of art, for that matter) brings a small part of its listener to life.  There’s a lot of really bad music that I love with all my heart because I associate it with happy childhood memories.

I have to stop now and do some more chair dancing.

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2 Responses to “Repost: “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)””

  1. Sandee said

    I always imagined myself as part of this band, wild black thing that I am — hahaha! I’d be naked except for full body glitter, creature horns on my head and of course, platform shoes — this would be twenty years earlier obviously!

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