Album covers analysed: Fred Wesley and The Horny Horns

Crazy cartoon funk!

Fred Wesley

Funk went forking off in numerous directions during the 1970s. Excellent bands like Kool and The Gang put down their handfuls of grit, and picked up bottles of baby oil. James Brown went even harder and funkier, whilst a few of his old band members seemingly wolfed down giant clusters of zany psychedelic drugs, and began acting weird. Mostly under the tutorage of arch weirdo George Clinton. This record was released in 1977, bang in the middle of the hazy Clinton days, and features ex-JB’s superstars Fred Wesley, Bootsy Collins and Maceo Parker. The cover reflected this freaky new direction, with some kind of gargantuan cartoon woman holding a trumpeter in her hand, whilst a massive Fred Wesley smiles like a maniac with a trippy lady perched atop his wizard-like hat. Also featured are a tiny little frightened looking Maceo, and a white dude in what looks like a purple Nazi helmet. What the cover is saying is this… erm, okay, we’re not sure what it’s saying. We have no idea. That Funk bands like drugs too? Yeah, probably that. Great album though. Here’s a cut from it…

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