If you’re even remotely familiar with old school funk/rock or R&B, then you’re no stranger to the group Funkadelic, the brainchild of funk master George Clinton. By the late 1970s the band had already released classic albums (with unforgettable titles) like Free Your Mind…and Your Ass Will Follow, Maggot Brain, Cosmic Slop, and Hardcore Jollies, just to name a few. In 1978 they released the album One Nation Under A Groove, which contained the danceable single of the same name. While the band was known for their rock flair, “One Nation” was a tune that made you move, which wasn’t by accident. The song, penned by Clinton and fellow funkateer and former Ohio Player Walter “Junie” Morrison, was written and released at the height of the disco era with the intention of cashing in on the disco craze and becoming a dance floor hit. “One Nation Under a Groove”–which Clinton referred to as “P-Funk for passives”–became an instant smash on the dance floor, was named Jet Magazine’s Song of the Year, made it to number twenty-eight on the Billboard Pop chart and took the number one spot on the Billboard R&B chart, where it remained for six consecutive weeks. Jump to thirty-four years later and “One Nation” can still get the party going and “give you more of what you’re funkin’ for.” It’s been embraced by artists and critics alike as it’s been sampled in over forty hip-hop, R&B and even gospel tunes. It’s ranked among the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine and is one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.
Montrose Cunningham is an independent funk/rock/soul artist and devoted music aficionado residing in Dallas, Texas. When he isn’t digging through the crates–digital and analog–he’s jamming with his band or hanging with his daughters, sometimes at the same time. Purchase his latest release “Inertia” at www.cdbaby.com/cd/montrose, visit him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @MontroseC.