George Clinton – Atomic Dog (Special Atomic Mix) (Capitol)
No matter what! Not so sure Snoop Dogg would have become who he his. And more precisely his memorable ‘Who Am I (What’s My Name?)… This without ‘Atomic Dog’ and by that, its creator, George Clinton! And I guess we might say about the same regarding the G-Funk scene. Speakin’ of which one might even wonder if it would ever have come to light without the existence of the P-Funk. Then, by that, the one of Clinton‘s groups, Parliament and Funkadelic…
Goin’ further way, I’m not even sure Clinton would have gone solo without the unceasing dissensions in his groups. And therefore come up with the memorable ‘Atomic Dog’ back in 1982.
Unsurprisingly ‘Atomic Dog’ came to light with all the ingredients that made the P-Funk what it is. This with an impressive line-up of talents. From Bootsy Collins on bass, Eddie Hazel, Bernie Worrell and Brides Of Funkenstein among others. To Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker. Thus standing as one of Clinton‘s signature songs. With extra thanks to its famous “Bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea” phrase.
Strangely enough, ‘Atomic Dog’ didn’t turn into a success at the time. As properly failing to reach the Top 100 of the Pop Chart. But it gained the notoriety it deserved along with time. And those, countless, who happened to sample it. From Snoop Dogg (What’s My Name?’) to Ice Cube but also Tupac. Not to mention Funkdoobiest and Public Enemy to name but a very few. This in a list of 298 references according to whosampled.com.
Needless to say as to how ‘Atomic Dog’ stands among the highlights of Clinton‘s ‘Computer Game’ album that same year. This with the slammin’ ‘Loopzilla’ and ‘One Fun At A Time’ although the latter never saw the light as a single…
A native of Kannapolis, NC, George Clinton grew up in Plainfield, NJ. During his teen years, he eventually sang Doo-Wop on street corners and forned his first group by the likes of The Parliaments back in 1955.
Eventually working as a staff producer for Motown for some time, Clinton‘s first productions saw the light back in 1966. This for Pat Lewis, Debonairs, The Fantastic Four and Ron Handy. The Parliaments comin’ up the year after with ‘All Your Goodies Are Gone (The Loser’s Seat)’ and ‘(I Wanna) Testify’. A cut he produced as well for The Dells as a part of their 1978 ‘New Beginnings’ album on ABC Records.
By the mid-70’s, Clinton started establishing the P-Funk sound. This with groups such as Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band and Brides Of Funkenstein. Not to mention Parliament, although to a slightly different degree. Thus givin’ birth to classics such as ‘One Nation Under A Groove’ and ‘(Not Just) Kneep Deep’ for Funkadelic. ‘Stretchin’ Out (In A Rubber Band)’ for Bootsy Collins, then ‘Bootzilla’ for Bootsy’s Rubber Band. Not to mention ‘Atomic Dog’ and ‘Loopzilla’ which he released under his own name among others. Meanwhile he along with Bootsy Collins would join forces with Xavier in 1981 on the firing ‘Work That Sucker To Death’.
The next few years saw Clinton releasing three more studio albums. This by the likes of ‘You Shouldn’t-Nuf Bit Fish’, ‘Some Of My Best Jokes Are Friends’, then ‘R&B Skeletons’ In The Closet’. Eventually makin’ noise in the R&B charts with tracks such as ‘Nubian Nut’, ‘Last Dance’ and ‘Do Fries Go with That Shake?’. But also encountering multiple legal problems in the meantime due to complex royalty and copyright issues.
In 1985, he produced the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ ‘Freaky Styley’ album. And four years after he released ‘The Cinderella Theory’. The first of his two albums on Prince‘s Paisley Park label.
By the first half of the nineties, it was clear that Clinton‘s music was a key influence in the then upcoming G-Funk scene. This with cats such as Snoop Dog. But also Tupac with whom he eventually worked with on ‘Can’t C Me’ from the ‘All Eyez On Me’ album. And Ice Cube on ‘Bop Gun (One Nation)’ from the ‘Lethal Injection’ album, among others…
Back in September 2008, Clinton released the ‘George Clinton And His Gangsters Of Love’ album on Shanachie Records. And, more recently (in 2014), he released Funkadelic‘s ‘First Ya Gotta Shake The Gate’ album on his The C Kunspyruhzy label. A 3CD set which featured luminaries such as Sly Stone, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker. Not to mention Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and Nu-Disco famous Soul Clap. With the latter releasing ‘In Da Kar’ featuring Sly Stone on their Soul Clap Records label. And Louie Vega eventually remixing the boiling ‘Ain’t That Funkin Kinda Hard On You?’ which we welcomed as our Single Of The Week at the time…
The release of a new album was announced in March 2018, although no date has been confirmed. Meanwhile Clinton has announced he would retire from touring in May 2019.