They were, at first, a political jam band
, a black MC5
, if you will. America Eats Its Young
, and all that. But black rock
bands got as much attention in the 60s
as 3-D smell-o-vision. Remember that the Jimi Hendrix Experience
was a British
(== "cool") band, and they had God playing guitar - Funkadelic weren't so advantaged, though you might describe them as the permanent Band of Gypsys
was never able to muster together. And Sly
came in through the soul
door, belying, in part, his previous work.
Later on, the party became less explicitly political and more of a spectacle - the Mothership, the extensive mythology and plotline, etc. But there was a message in there somewhere, though only George could explain it. Maybe.
See also: Parliament, P-Funk, and Parliafunkadelicment Thang.