Mix a second-division doo-wop group with LSD. Shake well.

The Parliaments did some acid; then they did some more. Then they became Funkadelic. The Psychedelic Age went multicultural.

Like Sly and the Family Stone, they threw off the shackles of matching suits, processed hair, and user-friendly rhythm and blues. They added Hendrix guitars, stoner stoopidness, hippie politics, Panther social commentary, and James Brown funk.

And so on.

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