Sad word has reached me that Joël “Razor Sharp” Johnson ,my longtime friend and Parliament/Funkadelic/Bootsys Rubberband/George Clinton keyboard player has died. We had quit some adventures in the nineties during some Monstertours with Bootsy. My condolences go out to his family and everyone on the Mothership where he will be missed and forever remembered. Thanks for your friendship - may your gentle soul rest in peace #razorsharp#onenation#pfunkallstars#funkicon
Fair warning, this is going to be somewhat of a long post... so here we go. When I was 13, I saw an ad in Guitar World magazine for the infamous Columbia House 13 cds for a penny deal. Being a music nut from a young age and in the infancy of my guitar playing I jumped on this deal. One of the 13 cds I got was One Nation Under a Groove by Funkadelic. At this time in my life I had never heard of Funkadelic, but I was familiar with funk music and I thought the cover and title was cool. Upon my cds arriving I listened to it and was not a fan. I skipped through almost every song, with the exception of one. It was a live track at the very end of the album and it was called Maggot Brain. I listened to this song over and over again in awe. The guitar playing floored me. Later I discovered the studio version on the album Maggot Brain. The live version that I had heard first didn’t have the spoken intro that the studio version has. “Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time. For y'all have knocked her up. I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe. I was not offended
For I knew I had to rise above it all... Or drown in my own shit.” That was one of the weirdest things I had ever heard and I loved it. After listening to the studio version and thoroughly enjoying it, I decided to give the entire album a listen and loved it. After finding an original release of the Maggot Brain album and purchasing it a couple of weeks ago, I decided that I needed to find a copy of One Nation Under a Groove so I could have a live cut of the song Maggot Brain, the first version I had heard that made me fall in love with song and would eventually be the inspiration for the composition of my song “How Do You Sleep at Night?”. I did some research and found out that the live cut of Maggot Brain wasn’t on the vinyl version of One Nation Under a Groove, but that it came with a bonus 45 that had the live cut and 3 other songs. Seeing as how I listened to One Nation Under a Groove recently and I’m still not a fan, I got on eBay and found a copy of just the bonus 45 for sale. I won the bid and spun it yesterday. It took me right back to when I was 13 and discovered the song all over again
Bronson Bar tonight, 10pm. Special guest, Gene Anderson aka “King Poo Poo Man” will be joining us. 6 decade career, from 16yr old staff writer at Chess Records to P Funk’in all over the world. His voice will have you re-evaluating your priorities.