Maggot Brain by Funkadelic

Maggot Brain by Funkadelic

“Maggot Brain” is the title track of the 1971 album by the American funk band Funkadelic. The song is a psychedelic tour de force, showcasing the blistering guitar work of band leader George Clinton and the emotional vocals of singer-guitarist Eddie Hazel.

The track features a long, sprawling guitar solo that is often considered one of the greatest in rock history. The solo was recorded in one take, with producer Clinton telling Hazel to imagine that his mother had just died and to play the solo as if he were expressing all of his grief and pain through his guitar.

The lyrics of “Maggot Brain” are poetic and abstract, drawing on imagery of death and rebirth to explore themes of spiritual transcendence and personal transformation. The song’s surreal, otherworldly sound has made it a favorite among fans of psychedelic rock and funk music.

Despite its length and experimental nature, “Maggot Brain” has become one of Funkadelic’s most beloved and iconic songs, and it remains a classic of the psychedelic rock genre.


Funkadelic was an American funk and psychedelic rock band formed in the late 1960s. The band was led by the musician George Clinton, who was also the driving force behind Parliament, another influential funk band.

Funkadelic’s music blended elements of funk, soul, rock, and psychedelic music, and they were known for their experimental sound and socially conscious lyrics. The band’s early albums, including their 1970 self-titled debut and the classic “Maggot Brain” album from 1971, are considered landmarks of the psychedelic funk genre.

Throughout the 1970s, Funkadelic continued to release a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums, including “Cosmic Slop”, “Standing on the Verge of Getting It On”, and “One Nation Under a Groove”. The band’s music was known for its deep grooves, innovative use of synthesizers and other electronic instruments, and political and social commentary.

In the decades since their heyday, Funkadelic’s music has continued to influence and inspire a wide range of musicians across genres. The band’s legacy as pioneers of funk and psychedelic music remains secure, and their music continues to be celebrated and rediscovered by new generations of fans.