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Baker's Dozen

Playing The (Baker's) Dozens: George Clinton's Favourite Albums
Suzie McCracken , July 9th, 2015 13:12

With the funk kingpin and founder of Parliament and Funkadelic taking his bands on a festival tour this summer, Suzie McCracken caught up with him to find out about the 13 records that have stuck with him through his lifetime


Cream - Disraeli Gears
Yep - same time as I bought the others. Hearing 'Sunshine Of Your Love'... it was weird to hear somebody play with both hands like Ginger Baker. It was still a great R&B song, that was turned into something else. I freaked out when I heard that.

And then to hear them do 'Crossroads'... that was music that my mother used to listen to. I heard Eric Clapton talking about Robert Johnson. I didn't know who Robert Johnson was! I knew the songs, 'cause my mother played them all the time. But that was that old blues stuff you know? When I heard them doing it I thought: "Okay, this is the new hip shit!"

With the young boys coming back and doing it from Europe, I realised, "Uh oh, blues and rock & roll is just getting going." First Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, then ten years later it's beginning to come from Europe and it's an entirely new thing. So we changed to start being psychedelic and we became Funkadelic. And Cream was at the top of their game. Jimi, when he got started, the first thing he said was, "I'm just getting started and Cream just retired."