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60 seconds with the Hall of Famer

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Indy: Do you feel that the music of Parliament, and later Funkadelic, gets the respect it deserves from the music community and fans?

GC: Yeah, but that's why it's our job to do more, because they don't pay attention unless we lay it on hard.

Indy: You've got a new studio album, Any Percentage of You is as Good as The Whole Pie, due out this August, with guest appearances by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sly Stone, Santana and more. Plus, you still tour constantly. How do you keep going?

GC: Well, this is what I love to do. And since I love doing this, that gives you all of the energy that you need. I still get the funk. I still get to do my thing. I still get to bust a booty or two. And people better bring two booties when they come to the show, because one may get busted. So bring two booties and stand in line because we're going to blow your mind this time. And when we leave there, they'll have never experienced anything else like it before.

Indy: You were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, and you're now cited as one of the most-sampled artists ever ...

GC: The kids always find a way to hold onto the funk. We could rule the world if it keeps on going like it is, and that's what we intend to do. Funk is the DNA of hip-hop. We knew it was a seed. Everyone hates their parents' music, and funk is the first music that three generations can come and hang out with each other.

Indy: So do you think your legacy will last generations?

GC: They'll say, "Oh, he's the funky dude. [Even though he's dead], he's still standing around here, stinking."

At Denver's Fillmore Auditorium, May 31.
To download music: George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars

  • "I still get the funk. I still get to do my thing. I still get to bust a booty or two."

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