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High Five

George Clinton on P. Funk inspirations

Brian Feulner for the Boston Globe/file 2012

The renowned P. Funk collective, formally known as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, is coming to the House of Blues on Friday night. “Funk is the DNA of hip-hop,” Clinton said, describing the merging elements that make his style funkadelic — where Motown turns the volume up.

It was downtown Boston’s Sugar Shack that first heard this blend in the late ’60s — the same venue that experienced a surge of R&B and funk from other artists of the time like James Brown.

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“We have a whole history there,” said Clinton. “They turned us out.”

Clinton tells us about the five most influential artists who inspired the blend that P. Funk first brought to the Sugar Shack and that continues to grow and evolve today.

1. “Chuck Brown created funky stuff that really lasted over the years. Everything he did was seriously funky with ‘We Need Some Money,’ and ‘There I Go, There I Go.’ Go-go is a whole genre that was under his wings.”

2. “Motown’s Funk Brothers had a really early influence on us, everything they did.”

3. “James Brown. Wow. Just wow, it would be hard to pick a favorite.”

4. “Jimi Hendrix was funk and rock ’n’ roll. All of his second album, ‘Bold as Love’ — it was all bluesy and funky and psychedelic. What we did is mix Motown and Hendrix’s psychedelic together, and now were morphing it into whatever else is happening — our version of whatever is going on.”

5. “Sly Stone. We were around first, but when he came out, he was extremely funky — he came out strong.”

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic play the House of Blues on Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $29-$45. 888-693-2583,

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