When I mention the 366TAS project to people for the first time, one of the first reactions is often to question what happens with these longer times. They’ll say things like, “It must be hard to find songs that are pretty long” or “There aren’t many good songs once you get past [some longer-than-average time]”. But clearly there’s plenty of great material even once you get past radio-friendly times. A handful of bands have even had several good choices beyond the six and seven minute mark.
One prolific long-song making band is Parliament (and its sister band, Funkadelic). George Clinton and company made a pretty substantial share of P-Funk hits and 12″ versions that ran long; “Mothership Connection (Star Child)”, “Flash Light”, “Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)”, “Bop Gun (Endangered Species)”, “P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)”, “Funkentelechy”, “Maggot Brain”, “Agony of DeFeet” and “Oh I” are just a handful of their hits that all tick past the seven minute mark. And why not? I mean, if you have a good funky groove going, as P-Funk so often did, why would you want to stop it? Keep it rolling for as long as the band wants to go! With “Oh I”, that’s seven minutes, 15 seconds.
Oh I – Parliament