[Trombipulation] -- Trombipulation arrived on the scene in December of 1980, forty years ago this very week -- according to Wikipedia, so I might be a little off on the release date. Trombipulation was Parliament's ninth studio release, and their last to include all original material (until Medicaid Fraud Dogg in 2018, 38 years later). AllMusic says there's not much of interest on this record. Just last year, however, uDiscoverMusic's Rashad Grove offered the contrarian view that this Parliament effort actually re-imagined funk for the 80s, and that Trombipulation stands as the template for 80s electro-funk. Either way, George Clinton dissolved the band shortly after this release. Before dipping into the album itself, you should prepare and view these 1980 promo clips and (sort of) interview celebrating December 1980 as "funk month" and "the season to be funky" (though, to be clear, there are no holiday tracks on Trombipulation). I didn't find any music videos or performances for tracks on Trombipulation, so here's the full playlist courtesy of YouTube:
That's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the Prophet or Madman archives or via Bookended's 80s Flashback tag. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.
I'll see you in seven!