First post on this board, I was glad to discover that there existed such a board, I remember looking for one years ago and being frustrated not to find any.
The reason I created my account here is the very question I wish to ask here, hoping someone has a clue.
On George Clinton’s official website, there is a discography section. It contains the core P-Funk canon (GC, Parliament and Funkadelic) as well as numerous side-projects from the 1970’s to the 2000’s. I assume that this list isn’t a random list made by some intern, and that it’ the result of what George Clinton considers the official P-Funk canon, though I cannot be entirely sure.
What puzzles me is what made some albums make the cut and some others not.
For example, the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Freaky Styley is there, as well as Drugs’ The Prescription For Mis-America. Other records that are not there are many P-funk members’ solo projects and, even more puzzling, the 2015 live GC/Parliament/Funkadelic album Chocolate City, London, P-Funk Live At Metropolis, or George Clinton’s 2011 collaboration with Aeon Craft, Mothership (The Decatur Connection).
My first thought was “if George was heavily involved, he’ll put it there”, and maybe the latter 2 records I mentioned were accidental omissions. But some albums are there that George personally had relatively little to do with creatively speaking, such as Zapp’s eponymous album, Bootsy’s The One Giveth, The Count Taketh Away or Drugs’ The Prescription For Mis-Amercia. On the other hand, George seems to have been more involved artistically in, say, Andre Foxxe’s 1994 I’m Funk And I’m Proud than in any of the three aforementioned records, but Foxxe’s album isn’t there at all.
I also thought maybe a record is there if its author was a member of the collective at the time, but Foxxe was a bandmember in 1994, and many other projects by people who were bandmembers at the time aren’t on the list either.
Then, I thought maybe it has to do with albums that were paid for by Clinton’s production company, so he considers them “his”, but for example, he only produced Freaky Styley and I would assume it was all paid for by EMI, given that Red Hot Chili Peppers was a signed band whose record deal predated their collab with George (who didn’t co-write any of the material, on top of it).
Thus, I simply do not understand what is the criteria for a record being on that list and for another not being there. It doesn’t appear to be George Clinton’s personal involvement, it doesn’t seem to be who paid for the record, and it doesn’t seem to be the lead artist being a P-Funk member at the time of release.
Since this discography seemingly represents the definitive, official P-Funk discography, the one thing that allows one to distinguish proper P-Funk projects from other P-Funk alumni/collaborators’ works, I consider it a very important document in terms of the P-Funk Allstars’ legacy, hence my desire for clarification.
I would be very grateful for any information anyone could hopefully provide, or your best guesses at least. Many thanks