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Parliament - “Flash Light” (Track of the Day)

In honour of Robert Moog’s May 23 birthdate Parliament’s “Flash Light” is Track of the Day from the Parliament album, Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome, released in Jan., 1978 on Casablanca Records. The track was recorded live in Houston the same year.

“The song’s distinctive bass line is often attributed to Bootsy Collins and was originally written for him. However, Collins rejected the part and Bernie Worrell created the line on at least three, possibly four connected Minimoog synthesizers. Worrell also played all the song’s keyboard parts. The New York Times described Worrell’s synthesized bass as “a descending and ascending chromatic line with a meaty tone and a certain swagger, an approach that would spread through funk, new wave, electro, synth-pop and countless other iterations.” (Wikipedia).

Yesterday Clinton & Parliament released a new album, Medicaid Fraud Dogg, as a digital only release ahead of their May 26 live performance at the L.A. Greek Theater which will kick off Clinton’s final world tour.