Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Garry Shider, Funk Pioneer, 1953-2010

Sad day in funk yesterday: Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Garry Shider, a longtime lieutenant in George Clinton's Parliament/Funkadelic empire, died of cancer at the age of 56. Born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, Shider joined Clinton's outfit for 1972's Maggot Brain album, and went on to co-write and perform on classic material like "Can You Get to That?," "One Nation Under a Groove" and "Atomic Dog"-during the recording of which, he held a particularly intoxicated Clinton up in front of the microphone while he sang. Shider was famous for wearing nothing but a diaper on stage. Doesn't get much funkier than that.

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BadUncle (#153)

Very sad. And yet:

With the groove our only guide
We shall all be moved

Cosmic Slop into infinity.

When you base your love on credit
And your loving days are done
Checks you signed with love and kisses later come back
Signed "insufficient funds"

Damn right. RIP, great man.

Please google "Garry Shider medical fund" and help his family out with a paying for the medical expenses he incurred while fighting brain and lung cancer.

Mount_Prion (#290)

I can see the mothership comin'…

I've searched for many years among the knowledge of The West and the Wisdom of the East and have found that it all could be boiled down to "Why must I feel like that/ Why must I chase the cat/ Nothin' but the dog in me."

RIP, Garry Shider.

stannate (#4,898)

If Sleigh Bells had any integrity, they'd stop "playing" their "Ring Ring" (or "Rill Rill") song out of respect.

Pandemic Endemic (#3,825)

Shider's works inspired me to play guitar and get into dancing way back when. I hope there's a special place on the Mothership for him.

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