Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
Infobox Album | Name = Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
Released = 1974
Funk Hard rock Psychedelic soul
Length = 37:48
Producer = George Clinton
AllmusicRating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:kzfixqu5ld0e link]
Robert ChristgauB+ [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=Funkadelic link]
* Warr.org Rating|3.5|5 [http://www.warr.org/funkadelic.html link]
Last album = "
This album = "Standing on the Verge of Getting It On"
Next album = "
Let's Take It to the Stage"
"Standing on the Verge of Getting It On" is a
1974album by Funkadelic, released on Westbound Records.
On this album, the lyrics generally take a backseat to the music and the jamming. It is one of the most popular Funkadelic albums among fans, and considered an essential
Eddie Hazel-album. Hazel co-wrote all of the album's songs, and on six of those songs the songwriting credit was in the name of Grace Cook, Hazel's mother (a gambit by Hazel to avoid contractual difficulties with the publishing rights). This is a much more cohesive album than the previous Funkadelic forays; it sticks with a musical style (hard-edged funk) throughout, instead of veering through genres.
#"Red Hot Mama" (George Clinton,
Eddie Hazel, Bernie Worrell)
#"Alice In My Fantasies" (Clinton,
#"I'll Stay" (Clinton, Cook)
#"Sexy Ways" (Clinton, Cook)
#"Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On" (Clinton, Cook)
#"Jimmy's Got A Little Bit Of Bitch In Him" (Clinton, Cook)
#"Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts" (Clinton, Cook)
"(all the below is from the liner notes)"
*Spaced Viking; Keyboards & Vocals:
*Tenor Vocals, Congas and Suave Personality:
*A Prototype Werewolf; Berserker Octave Vocals:
*World's Only Black Leprechaun; Bass & Vocals:
*Maggoteer Lead/Solo Guitar & Vocals: Eddie 'Smedley Smorganoff' Hazel
*Rhythm/Lead Guitar, Doowop Vocals, Sinister Grin:
*Supreme Maggot Minister of Funkadelia; Vocals, Maniac Froth and Spit; Behaviour Illegal In Several States: George Clinton
*Percussion & Vocals; Equipped with stereo armpits:
*Rhythm/Lead Guitar; polyester soul-powered token white devil:
*Registered and Licensed Genie; Vocals: 'Shady' Grady Thomas
*Subterranean Bass Vocals, Supercool and Stinky Fingers: Ray (Stingray) Davis
Red Hot Mama
This song is a remake of a song by the Parliaments. The title of this song has been spelled in three different ways on various Parliaments,
Funkadelic, and Parliament releases that have featured a version of the song, with the final word being spelled as "Mama," "Mamma," or "Momma."
The song begins with a spoken word intro that seems to be describing a woman who has the effect of rendering a person unFunky (see
P Funk mythology). This intro first appeared in the Funkadelic song "America Eats Its Young", but in this song is played sped up, then slowed down. The second section is sung and includes the second quote above as the refrain. It is not clear whether the first woman is the same as the "Red Hot Mama" from the second section. It is said that Eddie Hazel was asked to play the solo like Jimi Hendrix.
*Lead Vocals: George Clinton,
*Guitars: Eddie Hazel,
The guitar solo and jam that conclude this song were continued in the studio, and ended up as a B-side titled "Vital Juices," featuring outstanding guitar work by
Eddie Hazeland Ron Bykowski. That track is found on Westboundcompilation CD "", as well as the recent CD reissue of the original album
Alice in My Fantasies
Birthed during Funkadelic concerts as far back as 1971, this song was originally an instrumental jam that was regularly improvised on stage. An early, much longer, and then-untitled instrumental version can be found on the 1996 live release "". The version on "Standing on the Verge of Getting It On" features the same bassline and guitar riffs from Eddie Hazel (often borrowing from
Jimi Hendrix's "Izabella"), plus new vocals by George Clinton, and minus the psychedelic keyboard section by Bernie Worrell.
A rare outtake version of the song (circulating around the
internetunder the album name "The Ultimate Turd") continues where the glaring fade-out occurs on the album; in the outtake version the band continues to jam for an extra 30 to 40 seconds before suddenly stopping.
Alice is apparently trying to seduce the singer, but he is apparently unwilling to sleep with her. No reason is explicitly given, but it can be inferred that he is unwilling because she will demand a commitment ("The freak said I would even owe her my devotion"). Therefore, the titular "Alice" who exists only "in (the singer's) fantasies" may be an Alice who does not demand the commitment.
*Lead Vocals: George Clinton
Axis of Justice: Vol 1 concert CD the house band which consisted of Serj Tankian, Flea, Brad Wilk, Tom Morello, and Pete Yornplays this song.
A remake of "I'll Wait" by
The singer of this song proclaims that he will wait for his former lover, whose "head went out to play." He will wait for her even though his friends make fun of him.
Like many Funkadelic songs, the singer is here trying to convince a girl to sleep with him.
tanding on the Verge of Getting It On
The singer exhorts the listener to get Funky with it. In contrast to several previous songs with a similar lyrical theme, "Standing on the Verge of Getting It On" shows tremendous growth in songwriting as the suggestion to get Funky also explicitly includes a connection with social change and an awakening of the mind, and not just dancing. The definition of the Funk (as described in
P Funk mythology) could be said to have started with this song.
Eddie Hazel, Ron Bykowski
Jimmy's Got a Little Bit of Bitch in Him
This song pokes fun at a gay friend of the band. However it also includes many jokes and puns about fellatio ("So why frown? Even the sun go down!") and it is not clear whether these are also aimed at Jimmy.
*Lead Vocals: Parliament,
Eddie Hazel, Ron Bykowski
Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts
:"The oak sleeps in the acorn/The giant sequoia tree sleeps in its tiny seed/The bird waits in the egg/God waits for his unfoldment in man"
This is a song of self-empowerment, and of mystical achievement. The quote above is perhaps the best summary of the song as it explains first that the
acorncontains within it an oak(an adult acorn), and so on for Giant Sequoias and birds. This is then juxtaposed by the last line, where it is implied (by extension) that each man has the capability of "unfolding" into God.
*Lead Vocals: George Clinton
"Standing on the Verge is a full-bodied, crazy mess in the best possible way, with heavy funk jams that still smoke today while making a lot of supposedly loud and dangerous rock sound anemic."
** [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=Ar9k9kezt7q79 the All Music Guide]
* [http://www.duke.edu/~tmc/motherpage/albums_funkadelic/alb-standing.html the Motherpage]
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