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Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove
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Studio album by
Released September 22, 1978
Recorded 1977-1978
United Sound
(Detroit, Michigan)
Monroe Civic Center
(Monroe, Louisiana)
Genre Funk, soul, rock
Length 41:40 (original album)
16:58 (bonus EP)
58:38 (total)
Label Warner Bros.
WB 56-539
Producer George Clinton
Funkadelic chronology
Hardcore Jollies
One Nation Under a Groove
Uncle Jam Wants You
Original LP inner sleeve
Original LP inner sleeve
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars
Billboard (favorable)
Blender 5/5 stars
Robert Christgau (A)
Entertainment Weekly (A) 5/5 stars
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars
Vibe (favorable)


  "One Nation Under a Groove" is the tenth studio album by American funk and rock band Funkadelic, released on September 22, 1978 on Warner Bros. records. Recording sessions took place at United Sound Studio in Detroit, Michigan, with one song recorded live on April 15, 1978 at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana. The album was the first album to include keyboardist and frequent songwriter Walter "Junie" Morrison.

One Nation Under a Groove was Funkadelic's most commercially successful album, and one of its most critically lauded. It is also regarded by many as the greatest funk album of all time and ranks at or near the top of many "best album" lists in disparate genres. The album was later featured on Vibe magazine's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century list. In 2003, the album is ranked number 177 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album is listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.


Songs and music

One Nation Under a Groove is a very loose concept album (as are most of Funkadelic's works), essentially declaring the power of Funk to do two interconnected things: become an open-minded, happy, and goal-oriented person, and dance well.


"One Nation Under a Groove"

This song became Funkadelic's biggest hit and the group's only million selling single, and is today regarded as one of their signature songs, being a part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll and Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". It was also a top 40 hit. The song refers to dancing as a path to freedom: the "dancing" can be seen as metaphoric, though.


A song with a slow funky beat, Groovallegiance continues the album's loose concept about forming "One Nation Under a Groove". It references the "United Funk of Funkadelica", supposedly the one nation referred to in the title and presents the taking of an oath pledging groovallegiance to the funk. Groovallegiance is an excellent example of the vocal finesse of the group and also features a rare bass solo.

"Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?!"

In keeping the album's theme of breaking political, social, and musical barriers, this song is a cross between funk and rock, mixing a funky bassline with heavy, more rock oriented guitar and drums. The lyrics are simple, referring to why a funk band can, contrary to popular belief, play rock: regardless, it is one of their most popular songs.

"P.E. Squad (The Doo-Doo Chasers)"

"Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo-Doo Chasers)" is a long, scatological song with references to the world being, among other things, a toll-free toilet.

"Into You"

A Funk ballad that features bass singer Ray Davis as the primary lead vocalist, a rarity among Funkadelic songs.

"Cholly (Funk Getting Ready To Roll!)"

This song deals with a man once interested in classical music who is introduced to funk and phone cords by some friends of his: at first, he is doubtful of it, but he eventually grows to love it.

Original LP track listing

In the US, the original album came with a bonus 7" EP. In Europe, the Bonus-EP was replaced by a bonus 12" 45rpm mini-album containing the 3 EP tracks on one side and an extended version of "One Nation Under a Groove" on the other.



Side One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "One Nation Under a Groove" George Clinton, Walter Morrison, Gary Shider 7:29
2. "Groovallegiance" Clinton, Morrison, Bernard Worrall 7:00
3. "Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?!" Clinton, Morrison, Michael hampton 6:18
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo Doo Chasers)" Clinton, Shider, Linda Brown 10:45
2. "Into You" Clinton, Morrison, William Collins 5:41
3. "Cholly (Funk Getting Ready To Roll!)" Clinton, Morrison, Collins 4:27
Total length: 41:40
Bonus EP side one (listed as side three on the cover, side four on the label)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Maggot Brain/Chant (Think It Ain't Illegal Yet!)" (Live at Monroe Civic Center, Monroe, Louisiana 15-4-78) Clinton, Edward Hazel 8:28
Bonus EP side two (listed as side four on the cover, side three on the label)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lunchmeataphobia (Think! It Ain't Illegal Yet!)" Clinton, Worrell 4:12
2. "P.E. Squad/Doo Doo Chasers" Clinton, Shider, Brown 4:18
Total length: 16:58



Funkadelic Main Invasion Force (as given in the liner notes):

  • Throbbasonic Funkgeetarists:
    • Mike "Kid Funkadelic" Hampton, Gary Shider
  • Banjo'd Muthaplucker:
    • Bobby Lewis
  • Avatarian
    • Mike Hampton
  • Keybo' Dans & Synthezoidees:
    • Bernie "DaVinci" Worrell, Walter "Junie" Morrison
  • Rotofunkie Drum & Percussionatin' Thumpdans:
    • Jerome Brailey, W. Bootsy Collins, Larry Frantangelo, Tyrone Lampkin
  • Bass Thumpasaurians:
    • William "Bootsy" Collins, Rodney "Skeet" Curtis, Cordell "Boogie" Mosson
  • Funkadelic Blamgusta Vocaloids (Voices For Da Nation!):
    • George Clinton, Raymond "Stingray" Davis, Ron Ford, Mallia Franklin, Lynn Mabry, W. "Junie" Morrison, Cordell Mosson, Dawn Silva, Gary "Dowop" Shider, Greg Thomas, Jeanette Washington, Debbie Wright




Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove

U.S. Warner Bros. BSK 3209 (1978).

Album manufactured in the United States of America.

Album produced by George Clinton.

Both vinyl records have remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

All record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album's original hinged, gatefold cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong, undamaged hinge and spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

The original black and white, printed lyric inner sleeve is excellently presented.

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