- Released: October 12, 1993
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Warner Bros. Records
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Rolling Stone - 1/27/94, p.543.5 stars
- Good Plus - "...SMELL MY FINGER is Clinton's clearly stated 'Here!' at contemporary pop music's roll call. It is also his declaration of survival...."
Spin - 12/93, p.117
Highly Recommended - "...George Clinton and accomplices sound ready to tear the roof off again with HEY MAN...SMELL MY FINGER...songs like 'Martial Law' and 'High In My Hello' find Clinton fierce, strident, even audibly angry..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/15/93, p.74
"...HEY MAN...SMELL MY FINGER finds [George Clinton] working at his peak again...Throughout, HEY MAN is a prime example of his old phrase 'seriously silly'..." - Rating: A
Q - 1/94, p.903 Stars
- Good - "...Guiding it all is Clinton himself, gloriously eccentric, wonderfully full of ideas, making shrewd comments in good humour and gently chiding samplers and imitators...."
Down Beat - 1/94, p.444 Stars
- Very Good - "...There's a party going on where George Clinton does his business, and it hasn't sounded this fine, fresh or inspired in years...."
Musician - 11/93, p.86
"...[Clinton's] come up with the best album of his solo career since '82's COMPUTER GAMES. And if HEY MAN...SMELL MY FINGER never quite reaches the maniac melodic heights of that classic...on this record even the filler sticks...."
NME (Magazine) - 10/30/93, p.30
8 - Excellent - "...a collection to rank as one of Clinton's most consistent works yet...."
- 1.Martial Law
- 2.Paint the White House Black
- 3.Way Up
- 4.Dis Beat Disrupts
- 5.Get Satisfied
- 7.Rhythm and Rhyme
- 8.The Big Pump
- 9.If True Love
- 10.High in My Hello
- 13.The Flag Was Still There
Personnel includes: George Clinton, Daryl Boudreaux, Dallas Austin, Steven Boyd, Deborah Barsha, Sheila Brody, Jessica Cleaves, The Steeles, Grady Thomas, Ray Davis, N'Dea Davenport, Dr. Dre, MC Breed, Humpty Hump, Kam, Gary Shider, Robert Johnson, Louie Kabbabie, Deana Klug (vocals); William "Bootsy" Collins (vocals, electric bass); Phelps "Catfish" Collins, Gary "Mudbone" Cooper, DeWayne "Blackbird" McKnight (guitar); Eric Leeds (saxophones); Bernie Worrell (keyboards, synthesizer); Dennis Chambers (drums).
Producers include: DeWayne "Blackbird" McKnight, Prince, Dallas Austin, Bill Laswell, Kerry Gordy.
Engineers include: Bill Laswell, Eric Anest, Dallas Austin.
The righteous grooves created by George Clinton and his bands Parliament and Funkadelic in the 1970s were prime picking grounds for sample-searching hip-hop artists and crate diggers in the 1990s. Clinton was well aware of the phenomenon, and in 1993 played up to his new kinship with the hip-hop world on the hard-edged solo release HEY MAN... SMELL MY FINGER.
The presence of rap icons like Dr. Dre and Public Enemy on the cut "Paint the White House Black" signals Clinton's enthusiasm for funk-rap fusion, and "The Big Pump," which references pulsing, club-oriented electronica, shows the man is hip to other contemporary sounds as well. But HEY MAN shines most when Clinton sticks to his specialty, as he does on the hard, old-school funk of opener "Martial Law." While not an essential addition to the P-funk catalog, it still offers no shortage of tasty jams.