Maggot Brain (10:19)

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“Maggot Brain” is a song by the band Funkadelic. It appears as the lead track on their 1971 album of the same name.

The original recording of the song, over ten minutes long, features little more than a spoken introduction and a much-praised extended guitar solo by Eddie Hazel. Michael Hampton (Eddie Hazel’s replacement as lead guitarist) recorded his own interpretation of the song in 1978, which was included in a bonus vinyl EP that was distributed with the album One Nation Under a Groove; the cut is also included in most CD editions of that album.

Radio disc jockey Bill “B.L.F. Bash” Freeman played the original full version of “Maggot Brain” on 100.7 WMMS/Cleveland every Sunday morning at 1:30 AM from 1976 through 1994. Meanwhile, the Saturday Night House Party at crosstown rival, 98.5 FM WNCX/Cleveland picked up the tradition in 1988, playing “Maggot Brain” shortly before midnight every Saturday night… a tradition that continues 20 years later. In March 2005, Father Nature Magazine placed Eddie Hazel’s performance on “Maggot Brain” at number 1 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos. Guitar World placed it at number 71 in their list of 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.

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According to legend, George Clinton, under the influence of LSD, told Eddie Hazel to play the first half of the song like his mother had just died and to play the second half as if he had found out she was alive (other variants of the story suggest that he was simply told to play as if he had found his mother dead.) The result was the 10-minute guitar solo for which Hazel is most fondly remembered by many music critics and fans.

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Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time
For y'all have knocked her up
I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe
I was not offended for I knew I had to rise above it all

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  • appidydafoo

    Or drown in my own shit

    13 Jul 3:45pm Reply
  • GhostFame

    I want this song to be playing 24/7 at all times of my life

    6 Jul 10:09pm Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    Led by Funk innovator George Clinton, this band’s P-Funk style was at its best when experienced in concert thanks to their blend of funk, psychedelic rock, R&B, soul and doo-wop. This couldn’t be truer for the title cut to Funkadelic’s third effort: though it has a slow build-up, Eddie Hazel’s emotional guitar solo really grabs you and holds you tight. -- watchmojo

    5 Jul 2:56pm Reply
  • TamaTheOriginal

    Where the fuck have I put my weed ?

    28 Jun 12:27pm Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    >> Vinyl LP Rear Cover

    24 Jun 4:57am Reply
  • ukukino

    Hwew, its my souk, do whateva you want with it

    22 Jun 3:53am Reply
  • Juanka10

    @Woodspirit_ funny how I know that sentence from the YouTube video of Maggot Brain lol

    19 Jun 10:28am Reply
  • Woodspirit_

    That's not wax from your ears, its cum from the eargasm.

    9 Jun 7:13pm Reply
  • Kjrne

    Perfect 10-minute long acid trip

    13 May 7:02am Reply
  • Bongair

    It's amazing how music can make you feel.

    5 May 11:36pm Reply
  • The_Sun_XIX

    Pouca coisa no mundo é melhor que Funkadelic!! [2]

    30 Apr 3:58pm Reply
  • digitajligga

    absolutely chilling!!!

    23 Apr 8:59pm Reply
  • GhostFame

    Gets me every time

    22 Apr 7:03pm Reply
  • thailon_5

    The chills

    4 Apr 2:56am Reply
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  • caiocapela

    Frusciante brought me here.

    19 Feb 8:45pm Reply
  • notwhatseem

    Pouca coisa no mundo é melhor que Funkadelic!!!!

    31 Jan 3:39am Reply
  • KConn3711

    this song is a trippy spacey ear candy mofo ... groovy like pork chops and apple sauce.

    18 Jan 2:22am Reply
  • QuiveringGroove

    Simply Beautiful. Eddie was marvelous.

    16 Jan 5:27am Reply
  • hucketbed

    I love the eclecticness of this group, and this song especially. The R&B and funk groves, combined with the psychedelic feel, and some very rock and roll guitar work...just amazing!

    13 Jan 6:38am Reply
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