I’ve run across this album what seems like a million times over the last few years of digging, and I decided the time had come to see what it was all about. And, as often happens, I didn’t get what I expected. I thought Maggot Brain would be a lot more funky. After all, the band’s name is Funkadelic – it has “funk” right in the name! Now, don’t get me wrong. This is a weird record, and in that respect it is funk-ay… and there are some funk tracks here like “HIt It and Quit It,” but there’s also some just plain out-there spacey stuff like the ten minute title track “Maggot Brain” and more or less hard rock numbers with burning electric guitars like “Super Stupid.”
I’m not sure what to think about Maggot Brain. I feel like Obi-Wan may have played some kind of a Jedi mind trick on me – “This isn’t the funk you’re looking for…” I’ll have to give this one another try at some point and see if I can figure it out.