"Funkentelechy vs. The Placebo Syndrome" came as an early 1977 release and was the sixth album from the Funk band Parliament. Coming soon after releases from Bootsy's Rubber Band and Funkadelic (who share band members with this act) it sees that George Clinton leads the crew in fighting against the 'Placebo' sounds of Disco (watered-down Funk).
1. "Bop Gun"
Kicking the album off in just the way it should be, we see that the band unleash a killer single on the listeners and one that revolves around the things named in the title, a gun which in P-Funk mythology is said to provide all with the Funk and ensure that they're on 'The One'. It's a fun an danceable tune and when you compare it to Ice Cube's updated mid-nineties version, you can see that things hadn't changed all that much and that funkiness of this style is far from new.
2. "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk"
This is my personal favourite P-Funk track and so hits me hard when I hear it. I have to say that I understand that it won't be to everyone's taste, and they may be put off by all the build up business at the start, however once you hear the heavy bass groove underneath it, I really can't see how you can want to be anywhere else but listening to the killer track. Here Star Child fights the titular character, a person who says he'll never dance, and he ensures that he does just this after being exposed to this raw tune.
3. "Wizard of Finance"
We seem to be given a little break from the heavy and spacey music that we got from the first couple of tracks on the album and instead this is all replaced by something a bit more manageable by the mainstream as we come off the futuristic music, back towards much more straight-forward Soul which fits right into the trends of this time and all that was brought with it around this sort of time.
Lasting over ten minutes, here we see that the band come to hit us with even more of the killer Funk that listeners really won't be able to get over once they've heard it open up. We get great chemistry between the key bass, and synth sections as we get an uplifting tune designed specifically to get you in the mood to groove as entelechy is explored in the P-Funk style - the only style that seems to be right.
5. "Placebo Syndrome"
On this one we get a thorough exploration of the 'Placebo' as they come to perform a piece that has them all showing the world how they have exactly what is required in order to fight against the commercialised Funk (Disco) which has ruined the purity of a sound which this act (both in this form and as Funkadelic led the way for from 1970 when they made their debut and entered the game with a Psychedelic Rock sound that expanded on to this kind of thing.
6. "Flash Light"
The album comes to an end here as we see that they top the thing off with one of their most popular tunes. It slaps hard and gives off the sort of sound that the West Coast Rap game adapted as a signature feature of their music. You really can't fault what you get from this with the hardcore breaks lifting you off from grungy bass riff and very open and catchy lyrics which ensure that you'll want to feel a part of what they bring the listeners here.
This is a heavy album from the band and another killer in a string of massively-successful releases from them when it seemed as though they had found the secret formula required to make the sort of thing that they had been experimenting to try to find for many years. What you get here is simply too much and every single tune here adds to the experience that you get from it as they take you to their world and ensure that you aren't left devoid of Funk.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Bop Fun
2 Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk
3 Wizard Of Finance
6 Placebo Syndrome