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"Bring Back Tha Funk: Parliament/Funkadelic Lives On Through DRUGS and 420 Funk Mob"

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"The Reviews from Europe"

"Drugs: the Trap"
Woodstock is over. But Drugs was born there nevertheless. From the meeting of two musicians, Robert "Chicken" Burke and Michael "Clip" Payne, came the clear-cut ideas for their debut album. The first is a drummer for spot gigs (Dave Mathews) the second a freelance vocal arranger (from Jordy to Alex Gopher). This album ends their search for full-time jobs. Joined by four independent musicians, including legend Gary "Doo-Wop" Shider, interpreter of the big hits of Parliament/Funkedelic (such as "Mothership Connection"), they follow a subversive policy: edgy topics ("Everything others want to sweep under the carpet, we sing about," laughs Clip, also a former member of the P. Funk crew) and extended unexpected jams ("We do our songs from A-Z but if we decide that M should last twenty minutes, we go there," crows Chicken). True instigators, they preferred to leave the U.S. and sign with Loik Dury's young French label Kraked. Their first album resurrects the sound and the spirit of the Clinton period bands of the early 1970s, which were defined by a mixture of soul and rock. With frenzied guitars, explicit lyrics, and layered vocals, everything is arranged so that we quickly become addicted.
DRUGS: A Prescription for Mis-America
The meeting of a combative funk and a laid-back psychedelicism. A Prescription for Mis-America lives up to its title. You know some of the doctors in this excellent cross-generational group: three of them held long-time positions at the private psychiatric clinic of P. Funk, from Funkedelic to Parliament. It's the most experienced that produce the best soul. Moreover, they obviously took the medicine chest when they left. Thus, we have Drugs. Rooted in Woodstock: this sound is not new. Sobered up and mellowed out by the haze and the homeboys, their P-Funk has decided to make love here, not war. Drugs, as their name indicates, distorts perceptions and scrambles reality. We are at a Grateful Dead concert. No, a rave by Tranquility Bass. Or a show organized by N.E.R.D. It's a party in any case, where sounds and eras mix willy-nilly with the gleeful yet grave indecency, which will forever be the hallmark of soul-music -- whether produced manually or by machine. This soul is too slick and embellished to belong to the age of Sly Stone and Alex Gopher, and much too supple and loose to be stuck in the retro rut of Prince. Under the influence of Drugs, we continues to dream: we believe that an album so exceptionally smooth and cool comes from the Neptunes. Or is sung by Beck. Or rapped by Mos Def. Who is the idiot who sings Drugs Don't Work?
(Benjamin Montour)
Le Monde
The Prescription for Mis-America
Dedicated to the resurrection of the psychedelic soul sound from the end of
the1960s, this American group has assembled a collection of distortion pedals, analogue keyboards, spangled costumes, and falsetto vocals. It's hard to know how to take pieces which straddle the line between homage and parody. Certain titles fall flat but others ("Mis-America," "I Wonder If," "Cold Hearted World"), reinvest the throbbing sounds inspired by Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, and Isaac Hayes with class and humor, managing to recall their style without plagiarizing it. Not surprising when it is known that behind Drugs hide Clip Payne (vocals) Gary "Starchild" Shider (guitar), and Lige Curry (bass), all former members of the Funkadelic, Parliament, and P Funk All Stars galaxy.
CD Kraked, Distributed by Discograph
Open Mag
Drugs: Good for You
Pillars of the historic monument P-Funk, (a contraction of Parliament and Funkadelic), Americans Gary "Starchild" Shider (vocals/guitar),Lige Curry (bass) and Clip Payne (vocals/keyboard), are back in action and coming to us direct from Woodstock. Collaborating with these veterans are Robert "Chicken" Burke (drums, vocals), Joey Eppard (guitar/vocals), who have played on the albums of Alex Gopher and Cosmo Vitelli, and Adam Widoff (guitar) part of Lenny Kravitz's first group.
These living legends are still provocative enough to give the finger to American puritanical attitudes; the name of their group couldn't be more explicit. They made their first French appearance at Transmusicales 2001. A mesmerizing performance was made even more tantalizing in retrospect by repeated delays in the release of their first album, which finally ended up on Kraked, a new French label, created by Loic Dury, the producer of Nova and figure of the 90s hip hop scene. Here's the general information!
For the uninitiated, Drugs will quickly make you a surfer of the vintage wave. We will allow them their opportunism, so well do they get into that authentic groove which belongs only to the Blacks, that psychedelic old skool soul of which they are the legitimate trustees. A special word to all addicts of scorching instrumentals, chrome guitars, and oscillating basses, and a notification - Various Magazines


Drugs: "The Prescription for Mis-America" 2001
420FM Live on the Off Days (Compilation) 2001
Brain on Drugs Remix (KRAKED/Discograph) Vinyl 2002
Strangest Life Remix (KRAKED/Discograph) Vinyl 2002
Mis-America Remix (KRAKED/Discograph) Vinyl 2003
420FM Alive in Spain (Compilation) 2005
"Strung Out" Single/Banneroo Sampler (Promotional) 2003



What do you get when the worlds greatest funk band collides head on with the Woodstock Nation?

Drugs: The Mis-Americans,(Rx) a band with a critically acclaimed debut album and an underground reputation for a live show that rivals the best on the jam band circuit.
Rx sprung from P Funk's frontman Mike Clip Paynes collaboration with Woodstocks Robert Chicken Burke and Adam Widoff (Toshi Reagon's Big Lovely) that grew to include an all-star cast of musicians. Joe Eppard of 3, Jeremy Bernstein of Stoney Clove Lane, Universal Recording artist Stephanie McKay ( Mos Def,) and Parliament Funkadelic's Lige Curry and Garry "Starchild" Shider (R n R Hall of Fame 97)

Their debut album, The Prescription for Mis-America was praised for
"reviving the psychedelic sound of the 60's but mixing it with a touch of Sly Stone and Curtis Mayfield to create their own sound, not a parody of those who came before." ushering in the Psychedelic Soul Revolution. P funk fan mags have described it as "take[ing] up where the 1972 Funkadelic classic America Eats Its Young leaves off."

The bands live performances are legendary. The debuted in Europe at the worlds largest new music festival, the Transmusicales and were the first band in the festival 23 year history to be asked to play past their 45 minute time slot. Closing the first night of the festival with an 1 hour and 23 minute long set that the international journal Le Monde called "the festivals highlight!" Wetlands, 9:30 Club, BB Kings, and Knitting Factory appearances gave way to festival and sold out college gigs across the country and in Europe..

2005 started out with a bang for Rx, with an appearance at Super Bowl 39 in Jacksonville Florida on Super Sunday as the ESPN/NFL Tailgate Party Band. They joined up with the
420 Funk Mob and performed under the politically correct banner WEFUNK FM, on a stage set up in the stadiums parking lot. In July they co headlined the Freedom Festival in Acme Pennsylvania with Victor Wootens Band.

In August the band traveled to Heidelberg Germany as part of the WEFUNK Entertainment showcase event the 420FM Super Meltdown Tripfest for the Audiosoul Festival. The band joined the 420 Funk Mob with special guests George Clinton and Fred Wesley, along with 4000 fan for a very special show set in the courtyard of the 1200 year old ruins of the famed Heidelberg Castle

The new DRUGS craze sweeping across Europe and the United States is heading for your neighborhood!