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Cosmic Slop

Cosmic Slop is a 1973 album by Funkadelic, released on Westbound Records. While it has been reevaluated by critics long after its original release, the album was a commercial failure, as it produced no charting singles and did not make the Billboard 100 chart.

The songs can be divided, approximately in half, as being straightforward R&B-sounding love songs and deep, philosophical and political songs ("This Broken Heart" vs "Cosmic Slop"). Bernie Worrell's keyboards are of particular interest, as they foreshadow some of his future innovations in that instrument.

Cosmic Slop is the first Funkadelic album to feature artwork and liner notes by Pedro Bell, who assumed responsibility for the band's gate-fold album covers and liner notes until the band's collapse after 1981's Electric Spanking of War Babies. Bell's liner notes to Cosmic Slop include small illustrations next to each song's name, preparing the listener by summarizing the song in a picture.

Track listing

  1. "Nappy Dugout" (George Clinton, Cordell Mosson, Garry Shider)
  2. "You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure" (Clinton, Sidney Barnes)
  3. "March to the Witch's Castle" (Clinton)
  4. "Let's Make It Last" (Clinton, Eddie Hazel)
  5. "Cosmic Slop" (Clinton, Bernie Worrell)
  6. "No Compute" (Clinton, Shider)
  7. "This Broken Heart" (W. Franklin)
  8. "Trash A-Go-Go" (Clinton)
  9. "Can't Stand the Strain" (Clinton, Hazel)

Songs

Nappy Dugout

A teasing enticement to come 'play in the nappy dugout', also known as have sex.

'Nappy Dugout' is also a slang term referring to the vagina.

You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure

The singer explains why he is sad, because his woman has left him for someone else. He claims to have noticed water in his house and called a plumber, who told him that the water did not come from his sink, but from his tears. He also claims his "nerves are shot" and he has devoured most of his fingernails in his pain. This song is a reworking of the 1965 Parliaments single "Heart Trouble."

March to the Witch's Castle

This was one of the first P Funk songs to deal with the Vietnam War.

The song's title refers to a meeting of Vietnam vets and President Nixon at the White House. A very overtly political song, "March to the Witch's Castle" concerns the tribulations of Vietnam veterans coming home to the United States, and deals with adjusting to a non-wartime society and addiction. The soldier has become addicted (presumably to heroin) and found that his wife, thinking he was dead, married someone else. The soldier did not understand why he was fighting the war, and why he gave so much of his life to fighting abstract concepts that he cared little about.

Let's Make It Last

The singer of this song proclaims his desire for a long-standing love instead of a temporary fling.

Cosmic Slop

This is one of the most popular P Funk songs among fans of the group, and is often played in live shows. A new recording of the song, recorded "live" during a rehearsal for the P-Funk Earth Tour, appeared on the 1976 album Hardcore Jollies. George Clinton later compared himself to the subject of the song (a woman who becomes a prostitute to feed her children) because he was forced to use his celebrity-status in commercials (such as for the IMac) due to severe financial difficulties.

This song continues the progression begun on Maggot Brain towards a hard rock/heavy metal style of funk.

The song is about an impoverished mother with five children who has resorted to prostitution in order to support her family. Although she tries to shield her children from the knowledge that they are poor and she is a prostitute, every night the narrator hears his mother beg God for forgiveness and understanding for doing what she has to do for the sake of her children.

  • Lead Vocals: Garry Shider
  • Guitars: Garry Shider, Ron Bykowski, Eddie Hazel
  • Drums: Tyrone Lampkin
  • Bass: Cordell Boogie Mosson

No Compute

The singer awakens from a wet dream horny, and goes in search of a sexual partner. He finds a woman, who agrees but express worry over the possibility of getting pregnant. The singer says "spit don't make babies" and the woman agrees. Afterwards, her wig is half-off, and the singer has "the gulities." Some interpret this to mean the woman was a transvestite.

This Broken Heart

This is a cover of The Sonics (a 50's doo wop group and not the later identically named garage band from the north west] song by the same name.

The singer proclaims his love for a woman, and asks if she is planning on leaving him. He claims that no one will ever love her as much as he does.

Trash A-Go-Go

The singer is a man who is on trial for having pimped his girlfriend out as a prostitute. The judge and jury are not sympathetic, though he claims to love her deeply. He receives ten to twenty years in the prison.

Can't Stand the Strain

The singer of this song is suspicious that his lover is planning on leaving him, and he begs her not to be cause he will not be able to withstand the strain of his sadness if she did. This song features the same tune as an early song in the George Clinton stable, "Whatever Makes My Baby Feel Good," released in 1968 under the name Rose Williams, George Clinton, & the Funkadelics.

Personnel

References

  • Cosmic Slop album liner notes by Dean Rudland (2005). Westbound Records Inc..

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