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Pledge "grooveallegiance" to this album!

One Nation Under a Groove is a 1978 album by Funkadelic, the tenth in their catalogue. It was also their most commercially and critically succesful album. Time Magazine included it in their 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums. and Rolling Stone put it at #177 in their list of Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


Side One

  1. "One Nation Under a Groove" (7:29)
  2. "Groovallegiance" (7:00)
  3. "Who Says A Funk Band Can't Play Rock?!" (6:18)

Side Two

  1. "Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo Doo Chasers)" (10:45)
  2. "Into You" (5:41)
  3. "Cholly (Funk Getting Ready To Roll!)" (4:27)


  • George Clinton: vocals, band leader
  • Mike Hampton: guitar and ARP guitar synthesizer
  • Gary Shider: guitar
  • Bobby Lewis: banjo
  • Bernie Worrell and Walter Morrison: keyboards, synthesizer and vocals
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  • Jerome Brailey, Bootsy Collins, Larry Fratangelo and Tyrone Lampkin: drums and percussion
  • Bootsy Collins, Rodney Curtis, Cordell Mosson: bass, vocals
  • Raymond Davis, Ron Ford, Mallia Franklin, Lynn Mabry, Dawn Silva, Gary "Dowop" Shider, Greg Thomas, Jeanette Washington and Debbie Wright.

One Nation Under a Trope

  • Call-and-Response Song: "Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo Doo Chasers)" features a singer singing a line and a vocal choir repeating his line in unison afterwards.
  • Crunch Tastic: "Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop", "Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo Doo Chasers)".
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: "One Nation Under A Groove" has the entire nation grooving along to a song in brother- and sisterhood.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: The comic strip drawing on the album cover and inside the album is done by Pedro Bell.
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  • Epic Rocking: The 7:29 "One Nation Under A Groove", the 7:00 "Groovallegiance", the 6:18 "Who Says A Funk Band Can't Play Rock?!" and the 10:45 "Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo Doo Chasers)".
  • Funk: In "Groovallegiance" the "United Funk of Funkadelica" is praised, having everybody pledge groovallegiance to the funk.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: During "Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo Doo Chasers)" a supposed line of Confucius is uttered.
    Count the calories of your thoughts. Funk, Confucius say. Like Chinese laxatives
  • Iwo Jima Pose: Spoofed on the album cover.
  • One-Word Title: "Grooveallegiance".
  • Overly Long Title: "Who Says a Funk Band Can't Play Rock?!" , "Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo Doo Chasers)" and "Cholly (Funk Getting Ready To Roll!)" .
  • The Power Of Funk:
    • "Who Says A Funk Band Can't Play Rock?" demonstrates that a funk band indeed can play rock and the other way around too.
    • "Cholly (Funk Getting Ready To Roll!)" features a man once interested in Classical Music and sceptical of Funk eventually converted to loving funk.
  • Pun-Based Title: The album title is a pun on the slogan "one nation under God".
  • Questioning Title?: "Who Says A Funk Band Can't Play Rock?"
  • Shout-Out: On the back cover Rasputin the Mad Monk appears, with the caption "Rasputin Raps" and a Speech Balloon having him say: "Ahhh - dese Funkadelic ist very good for America!"
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo Doo Chasers)" is easily spelt wrong when transcribing it.
  • Title Track: "One Nation Under A groove".
  • Toilet Humour: "Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis Enema Squad (The Doo Doo Chasers)" references to the world as a toll-free toilet. The entire song is nothing but toilet comedy jokes, sang by a choir who describe they live in a world where people literally "talk shit".


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