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12:18 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

George Clinton's 'Mothership' will land at the Smithsonian

Some serious learning is about to happen.

Parliament-Funkadelic's "Mothership" will land at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

Here's the Mothership landing in its heyday:


George Clinton Dr Funkenstein Mothership by oublierleracismeskyblog

Parliament-Funkadelic's lead man, George Clinton, says the Mothership is a replica of the original built in the 1990s. More from the Washington Post:

“I’m about to cry!” Parliament-Funkadelic frontman George Clinton said over the phone from his home in Tallahassee on Wednesday. “They’re taking the Mothership! They’re shipping it out! . . . But I’m glad it’s going to have a nice home there.”

It isn’t the original Mothership. This 1,200-pound aluminum spacecraft was built in the mid-’90s — an indistinguishable replica, Clinton says, of the smoke-spewing stage prop he first introduced to slack-jawed funk fans in 1976.

Clinton has ties in Michigan where he was a staff song writer for Motown Records.

In the 1980s, Clinton was in Michigan as a "funky farmer" when we was making music.

Check out this story done by a German reporter in 1986:

George Clinton is funk music’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: About 50 miles out of Detroit a metamorphosis happens – Dr. Funkenstein, the workaholic who is busy in three Detroit studios at the same time, changes into George, the playful kid.

"I just have a cartoon brain," Clinton said.

Perhaps the Atomic Dog will be the next fixture at the Smithsonian.

H/T: Joe Smith

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