22 July 1940, Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA. The mastermind behind the highly successful Parliament and Funkadelic, George Dr Funkenstein Clintons seemingly impregnable empire crumbled at the beginning of the 80s. Restrained from recording by a damaging breach-of-contract lawsuit and unable to meet the running expenses of his considerable organization, he found himself personally and professionally destitute. Clinton, nonetheless, tackled his problems. He settled most of his outstanding debts, overcame an addiction to freebase cocaine and resumed recording. An ad hoc group, the P-Funk All Stars, secured two minor hits with Hydrolic Pump and One Of Those Summers (both 1982), before the singer introduced a solo career with the magnificent Loopzilla, a rhythmic tour de force abounding with references to black music past (the Supremes and the Four Tops) and present (Afrika Bambaataas Planet...
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