The Absorption Of Difference.

March 9, 2008 at 8:20 am | Posted in music, writing | 11 Comments
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(you might want to turn the video on now and read the following while listening, if you want)

Discipline: (See how someone flipped that ‘b’ to make it ‘p’. I often wonder about these things. Are they perfect accidents or is it because the language is created by the evolution of common consent despite the fact that the pedants would have us believe that is handed down from above in a set of rules. My favourite is this one…

now here


James Brown was a bastard to work for. Not his fault, he had to exercise enormous control in order to be such a successful businessman, given the social conditions. He was an absolute pedant about the music too, fining the musicians if they missed a note, everybody had to Be On The One, and the One was of course James Brooowwwn!

Bootsy Collins and George Clinton were always broke, what with the happy gas and the resultant fines, they tired quickly of James’ discipline and left to form their own outfit.

Now you might think Dr Funkenstein is a bit of a mad befrocked idiot. But consider that everything is a wave oscillating between opposites emanating from the one and that after leaving the suited discipline of James Broooown!, George called his mad loose funk band, “Parliament”;)



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  1. Nowhere/ now here and “everything is a wave oscillating between opposites emanating from the one”, are registered trademarks of gingaTao Pty. Ltd. and will soon appearing on Tshirts everywhere. Then I am going to set up a website where people can submit photos of themselves wearing a gingaTao tshirt (preferably wet) and then vote for which photo best expresses the idea on the tshirt and the winner gets a lifettime supply of freeee ((((((((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))),yayayayayayaya (oh I might just throw, ‘language is created by the evolution of common consent” in there too, just in case, hahahahahahahahahahahah, now I am going to watch that clip ten times before opening a beer… oh and what about,

    the whole being,
    more than the sum of its parts,
    of course,

    for instance, centred with those commas trademark hahahahah haikuschmaiku, i say,

  2. Ginga, I,m waiting for the definetive book of Ginga wisdom to come out…and I,ll wear a (wet) T-shirt, and if your reeaallyy good, I,ll also organise the gingatao dancers, lunch boxes and drink coasters.

    My favourite expression is “whats that ahead on the road”?
    “whats that, a head? on the road”?

    I had a t-shirt made up one day, it said”The terrible things you make me, make you, make me, do to you”

  3. Woohoo, rollin’ down the road, let’s do that then, the gingaTao dancers, what a wild dance that would be, samba maybe? Oh and thanks Scot for the tshirt prompt,

  4. i wanna shirt!!!
    James wasn’t that bad, at least not in his later years. Was pretty mellow fellow actually. Okay, when he wasn’t being arrested for spousal abuse or police chases down the highway. ~sigh~

  5. P-Funk outdid himself. The Funkadelics were hilarious, actually. But, it was his only way to cash… there but for the Grace of He Who Shall Remain Nameless, go I, so nary a singleton granitic object shall be case in his direction.

  6. got to hand it to you……..

  7. that you are brilliant, of course.

  8. I remember the good dr. I believe I did disco to this–but before that I did the popcorn to James Brown–OWW! Hit me!

  9. my inspiration–I get to be the judge!

  10. Love it…a friend of mine smoked with George in the Mother Ship…I was envious.

  11. in a wet tshirt

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