Ok, I had something else cued up for this Sunday’s iPod add, but when I heard “Funkin’ For Fun” earlier today I had to pass it along. This is one of my favorite songs off Parliament’s The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein(1976) album. What makes this song so special to me are the vocals of Glen Goins.
He has the most powerful soulful gospel vocals I’ve ever heard. He is featured on the entire album along with Garry Shider and together they are amazing (you ain’t heard nothing like it). Goins guttural crescendos, screams, and hollers do it for me. Goins voice easily creates a space, which hovers just outside the realm early turn of the century gospel music. If you changed the lyrics, which give assurances to ones mother that everything is all right, the song might as well be a gospel song. However, this song is not gospel it is full fledge Funk! Sadly, Goins passed away in 1978 from Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 24. (RIP)
Anyway add this song to your iPod and you will thank me later.
Below is a live version of the song, however for a better experience of the song I suggest you take listen to the album version for more detail of Glen’s voice and the perfectly place version of the Beatles’ lyric “coo coo ca choo!”