George Clinton & P-Funk Live on Jools Holland | BBC Two


I don’t know if you managed to catch Jools last night?

In recent years, the show’s become something of a shadow of its former self (in my opinion) – just another stop on the promo circuit. I wonder if it’s something to do with BBC pressure, I get the impression Jools has less of a hand in selecting acts for the show. The result seems to be less eclectic, unknown and international artists, slightly more formulaic; 2 rock/pop acts who 10 years ago would have no place on Jools, one left-of-centre-yet-safeish pick usually hyped by the music press, one acoustic singer/songwriter doing that type of thing, one old ‘legend’, and one ‘world’ act. NB – there is a possibility that it was always like this, and I’m just more cynical now. Just seems like the choices are less inspired these days. A sign ‘o’ the times?

Let’s ignore Mumford’s blatant and uninspired re-brand (from cliché faux-country bumpkins to cliché faux-rockers, exact same songs!) and focus on GC. They sure have a hard time containing themselves into their allocated slot! It’s hard fitting several P-Funk classics into 4 minutes – especially on top of each other, but messy as it is the set was probably the most bombastic thing on the show by far.

As much as I love having (and repeatedly missing!) the opportunity to see P-Funk live in London every year, it is a little sad that (what I interpret as) George’s necessity to tour out of unpaid royalties, and subsequently he’s constantly promoting something. But perhaps he’s just never lost the love for it.