TIR 52: Living Lige; 4 Decades as Guardian of P-Funk’s Bottom


Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in TIR Episode 52 (three segments): Longtime Parliament-Funkadelic, P-Funk All-Stars and George Clinton bassist Lige Curry. Born in Flint, Mich., and raised in Cleveland, he got deep into music as a teenager inspired by his cousin Michael Hampton, a wicked guitarist who soon joined the Funk Mob and was dubbed Kidd Funkadelic.

Lige began hanging around that camp and before he knew it he was lending background vocals to Funkadelic’s 1979 smash album Uncle Jam Wants You and playing bass on Parliament’s 1980 Trombipulation album and Funkadelic’s final Warner Brothers record in 1981, The Electric Spanking of War Babies.

He went on to become a permanent fixture in studio and on stage for pretty much every Clinton-related show and project through the 1980s, 1990s and right up to present day. That includes all of Clinton’s solo albums as well as the P-Funk All-Stars records. Along the way, in addition to his cousin Hampton, he has worked with all the P-Funk luminaries like Bernie Worrell, Eddie Hazel, Boogie Mosson, Garry Shider, Bootsy Collins, Rodney Skeet Curtis, Blackbyrd McKnight, and so many others — many of which are sadly no longer funking in this frequency. Lige has also recorded and released many of his own projects as well as those with others from the P-Funk camp, including current band members Danny Bedrosian and Garrett Shider.

Here, in this sprawling three-part interview, he dives into every conceivable aspect of his 40-year stint with the good Dr. Funkenstein.

Recorded April 2018