Standing on the Verge of Getting It On



by FlawedPerfection EMERITUS
August 26th, 2006 | 33 replies

Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist

Music does not always have to convey a profound and important message. Music, at times, works better with a sense of humor or just plain fun. Very few artists rival the ability to make music fun than George Clinton and his associated funk bands. Funk, in essence, is all about sleazy sexiness, started by none other than James Brown. Later in the 1970s, George Clinton, while running both powerhouses Parliament and Funkadelic, rose to the top of the funk scene, becoming inspiration for later artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Prince. Standing on the Verge of Getting It On is certainly one of Clinton’s albums dedicated to having fun rather than conveying his comments on society shown in albums like Maggot Brain.

As the liner notes would have it:

Spaced Viking; Keyboards & Vocals: Bernie Worrell
Tenor Vocals, Congas and Suave Personality: Calvin Simon
A Prototype Werewolf; Berserker Octave Vocals: Fuzzy Haskins
World's Only Black Leprechaun; Bass & Vocals: Boogie Mosson
Maggoteer Lead/Solo Guitar & Vocals: Eddie 'Smedley Smorganoff' Hazel
Rhythm/Lead Guitar, Doowop Vocals, Sinister Grin: Garry Shider
Supreme Maggot Minister of Funkadelia; Vocals, Maniac Froth and Spit; Behaviour Illegal in Several States: George Clinton
Percussion & Vocals; Equipped with stereo armpits: Tiki Fulwood
Rhythm/Lead Guitar; polyester soul-powered token white devil: Ron Bykowski
Registered and Licensed Genie; Vocals: 'Shady' Grady Thomas
Subterranean Bass Vocals, Supercool and Stinky Fingers: Ray (Stingray) Davis
Drums: Gary Bronson
Bass: Jimmy Calhoun
Piano: Leon Patillo
Percussion: Ty Lampkin

While George Clinton is the head of Funkadelic, he is certainly not the standout musician or vocalist. He simply adds atmosphere and creates the funky orchestration, but the instrumentalists really make the grooves happen. Eddie Hazel, quite possibly the greatest funk guitarist of all time, stands out with his incredibly tasteful and virtuosic lead guitar lines. He takes stage as a prominent voice in the band melodically in just about every song while other guitarists accompany him. However, funk would be nothing without the bassline, and Boogie Mosson creates just the right bassline. He jumps all over the fretboard in an incredibly smooth manner, knowing when to play out and when to simply lay down an undercurrent. Along with the various percussionists, this instrument section may be the most locked-in rhythm section of Funkadelic history. Most songs on this album pulsate forward at faster tempos with some of the best riffs Funkadelic has ever busted out. However, most of these songs lack variety, sticking to one main riff and continuing throughout the song. Luckily, unlike most Clinton efforts, the songs are a normal 2-4 minute range.

The messages on the album are quite simple with each song. The first 4 songs on the album are all about women. An entire range of emotions comes through, including Sexy Ways which is all about coaxing a woman to sleep with the singer (That singer being Garry Shider). Sexy Ways, musically, is one of the most fun songs on the album, with some of the best funk grooving going on in the rhythm section. Alice in My Fantasies is just the opposite, lyrically. The song tells of a woman who wants to sleep with the vocalist (George Clinton), but Clinton refuses her. Musically, the song is even more aggressive than Sexy Ways, sounding a bit more rock oriented than funk oriented. Hendrix influence is extremely obvious. I’ll Stay makes the variety musically—a slow R&B groove. The song features piano comping while Hazel screams overtop of the rest of the band.

The second half of the album steps out into different territory. In today’s world, people would sue Funkadelic for releasing a song like Jimmy’s Got A Little Bit of Bi*ch in Him. The song speaks of a friend that is gay. The vocals take The Parliaments and Garry Shider and they sing together, poking fun at Jimmy. Eddie Hazel plays along with the melody in an extremely bluesy tone. The drums and bass drive the song along, propelling the energy constantly forward. The song also makes references to erectile dysfunction with lines like “So why frown? Even the sun go down!” However, the album does not go without its important message, sent out in the closing song Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts. The song starts out sounding like another Maggot Brain. The song, musically, is just 12 minutes of guitar. However, spoken word conveys a message of empowerment and achievement throughout the song. While the lyrics are certainly uplifting, 12 minutes is just too much, making this the worst song on the album. Furthermore, it destroys the entire tone of the album.

It’s unfortunate that the album closes on such a disappointing note. For the most part, the album is incredibly groovy and fun. However, as the rest of the songs are quite short albeit I’ll Stay, no song is really that memorable, giving me the final rating of 3. As an album, its great and maybe even excellent, but it lacks the standout classics of so many other Funkadelic albums. It sounds like one huge blend of stereotypical Funkadelic funk, which is not at all a bad thing.

Recommended Tracks:
Alice in My Fantasies
Sexy Ways
Jimmy’s Got A Little Bit of Bi*ch in Him.

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August 26th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0


August 27th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

I think I'm the only person that has this... the other rating was just a spammer who gave everything a 1.

August 27th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Tape? That's pretty hxc.

September 11th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

"Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On" is a musical feast for the mind, body and soul! The title track is the first song with a call and response chant, with Fuzzy leading the charge. "Red Hot Mama" exchanges vocals with George and the late great Eddie Hazel. The intro is funny as hell! "Alice In My Fantasies" is another Hazel masterpiece. The sweet, soulful, mellow "I'll Stay" is one of those beautiful ballads that makes you think about a loved one. Fuzzy and Calvin trade vocals here. "Sexy Ways" showcases Garry Shider's ablility to woo the ladies. "Standing On The Verge

Of Getting It On" (the title track), puts Funk in its purest form.

"Jimmy's Got A Little Bit Of Bitch In Him" is hilarious! "Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts" is a song that tells you about the power of positive and negative thinking. I HIGHLY reccomend this album to anyone. It's classic. It's magical.

Above all, it's Funkadelic!

September 25th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Man this is not a 5. Not by any stretch of the imagination.

February 24th 2009


Album Rating: 4.5

I'll gladly give this album a 4.5. CLASSIC guitar work from Eddie Hazel, and the band is super tight. The hooks are entirely memorable for me...I just don't see where the reviewer is comin from.

August 4th 2009


Album Rating: 4.5

This album is such a smoker, and a fucking welcome return for the one and only Eddie Hazel! To give this album only a 3 shows you aint got the funk sir, and I mean that with much respect. This is far too good to have such a low rating. But then again this is music and music is just about the most objective thing in the world.

January 10th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

ok, so good thoughts bad thoughts IS boring, but the title track and red hot momma alone qualify this as a 4 at least

November 16th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

Really like this album. Good to hear Hazel again.

I most like the last tune Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts. What an intro.

May 28th 2012


Album Rating: 4.5


April 9th 2013


oh man what a jam this is

June 14th 2013


fuck yeah

July 8th 2013


Album Rating: 4.0

What an amazing album.

July 11th 2014


Album Rating: 4.5

greatest band ever

July 11th 2014


greatest band ever [2]

although i feel like mom connection and computer games are the best discs from the whole collective

January 13th 2015


Album Rating: 4.0

once it becomes legal to marry inanimate objects I will get hitched to this album

December 13th 2015


Funkadelic is a an 8ft phallus that splashes warm comforting fluids of goodness into your ears before the shaft opens up, swallows you whole and takes you to the greatest party in the known universe.

December 13th 2015


these guys used to record in diapers so they didn't have to take breaks

if that's not commitment I don't know what is

December 13th 2015


They were so off their faces they probabaly transcended space time so they've brought us music from the future.
Band is the shit, totally obliterates stuff that's termed 'funky' now.

December 13th 2015


I play "Maggot Brain" in bars from time to time and just watch the people who don't know the song sit in their chairs and stare off into space.

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