22 Aug Fuzzy Haskins ‎- 1976 – A Whole Nother Thang

Fuzzy Haskins ‎- 1976 – A Whole Nother Thang

A Whole Nother Thang is the 1976 debut album by Parliament-Funkadelic vocalist Fuzzy Haskins ‎. The album was released by Westbound Records and features heavy participation from various P-Funk musicians. The album features the track “Cookie Jar“, which was later recorded by the P-Funk spin off act Parlet as well as Prince. It is the first P-Funk spin off album not to be produced by George Clinton.

His voice is as distinctive in its own way as Clinton’s odd tones, with sort of a huskiness to it. It almost sounds like he was half-singing, and half growling. While this worked well in a five- man vocal group, the limitations of his voice become apparent after listening to several of his songs. On this album, he was rather experimental, mixing in pure rock, an instrumental, some mild psychedelia, dance songs, and straightforward funk. The presence of Cordell ‘Boogie’ Mosson adds a lot to the proceedings, as does Bootsy Collins. Bernie Worrell also anchors all of the songs the way he did with Parliament. So the end result is a group of songs that aren’t as commercial (in their own way) as Parliament’s, and not as experimental and wild as Funkadelic’s.

The album is a must-have for any serious P.Funk fan. 

Tracks
A1 Tangerine Green 4:17
A2 Cookie Jar 4:44
A3 Mr. Junk Man 3:48
A4 I Can See Myself In You 3:32
A5 The Fuz & Da Boog 3:27
B1 Which Way Do I Disco 4:09
B2 Love’s Now Is Forever 4:17
B3 Sometimes I Rock & Roll 4:14
B4 I’ll Be Loving You 5:45

By Derek Anderson

Despite the success of Mothership Connection, Fuzzy Haskins was growing frustrated that his songs were no longer featuring on albums by Funkadelic and Parliament. He also watched as Bootsy Collins, a relative newcomer to the Funkadelic and Parliament family,  embarked upon a solo career. This added to Fuzzy Haskins’ frustration. 

Fuzzy Haskins and George Clinton went back a long way together. He had joined George Clinton in The Parliaments in 1960, fifteen years ago. Since then, Calvin Simon, Grady Thomas and Fuzzy Haskins had shared good times and had bad with George Clinton. Maybe though, Fuzzy Haskins had to think about the future. So he decided to record a solo album during the time Funkadelic and Parliament weren’t recording or touring.

For his debut solo album A Whole Nother Thang, Fuzzy Haskins wrote eight of the nine songs. He also wrote Fuz and da Boog with Funkadelic and Parliament bassist Cordell Mosson. He was one of the members of the Funkadelic and Parliament family who joined Fuzzy Haskins when he recorded A Whole Nother Thang.

Recording took place at three studios in Detroit, Artie Fields Studios, Pac Three Studios and United Sound Studios. Joining Fuzzy Haskins was rhythm section that featured drummers Tiki Fulwood; bassist Bootsy Collins and Cordell Mosson who also played drums; and guitarists Donald Austin and Ron Bykowski. Keyboardist Bernie Worrell also arranged strings and horns. Fuzzy Haskins played drums, added the lead vocals and produced A Whole Nother Thang. It was released in the first half of 1976.

When A Whole Nother Thang was released in 1976, it was released to critical acclaim. That was no surprise, as it featured some of the backlog of songs that had built up over the last few years. At last, Fuzzy Haskins got the opportunity to showcase these songs when he entered the studio with creme de la creme of P-Funk. The result was album that oozed quality. Despite the quality of music on A Whole Nother Thang, the album didn’t sell in vast quantities, and didn’t find the audience it deserved.

Forty-one years later, and seven of the nine tracks feature on Got My Thang Together: The Westbound Years. This includes Mr Junk Man, Which Way Do I Disco, Sometimes I Rock And Roll, I Can See Myself In You, the much-sampled instrumental The Fuz And Da Boog. However, the standout track on A Whole Nother Thang was I’ll Be Loving You, a beautiful soul-rock ballad. It showcases another side of Fuzzy Haskins, who was a versatile and talented singer and songwriter.

After the release of A Whole Nother Thang, Fuzzy Haskins returned to the Parliament and Funkadelic family. He had to rejoin the P-Funk Live Earth Tour in late 1976. By then, Parliament and Funkadelic had both been busy. 

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20 Comments
  • Gamer
    Posted at 18:13h, 22 August 2018 Reply

    “Next to Nothing” by Fatboy Slim sampled Fuzzy Haskins’s “The Fuz and Da Boog”.

  • Darkman
    Posted at 18:14h, 22 August 2018 Reply

    a solid addition to any funk collection

  • Jordan
    Posted at 11:58h, 23 August 2018 Reply

    Nice. Love it.

  • Desmond
    Posted at 19:30h, 24 August 2018 Reply

    What a terrific album. A favorite LP of mine.

  • Marua
    Posted at 19:40h, 24 August 2018 Reply

    I forgot this even existed, thank you.

  • Frank
    Posted at 19:37h, 25 August 2018 Reply

    Still strong in summer 2018, one of my favorites!!!!!

  • Idris
    Posted at 12:01h, 26 August 2018 Reply

    Funk baby

  • Joss
    Posted at 12:32h, 26 August 2018 Reply

    Takes me back to my High School years in the 70’s!!! The best era of music.

  • Mark
    Posted at 18:53h, 27 August 2018 Reply

    LOVE IT…..!❤🎵

  • Phillip
    Posted at 11:15h, 28 August 2018 Reply

    One more fantastic issue! Thank you, Nikos!

  • vilatimo
    Posted at 11:49h, 28 August 2018 Reply

    Mmmmmm…..yeap, that good ol’ FUNK!

  • Carlito
    Posted at 12:17h, 28 August 2018 Reply

    Great to see your site & the fantastic choices you have. Thank you very much.

  • Milan
    Posted at 11:16h, 29 August 2018 Reply

    Major props for yet another gem.

  • Dylan
    Posted at 11:21h, 29 August 2018 Reply

    Τruly underrated, I hate that I just discovered it!!

  • maceda
    Posted at 12:10h, 29 August 2018 Reply

    Nice funky. Thanks for posting.

  • RoseLove
    Posted at 19:13h, 30 August 2018 Reply

    endless thanks for this hidden gem!

  • Ozzy
    Posted at 22:42h, 30 August 2018 Reply

    thanks man ive been actively looking for this one for months!!

  • Andrew
    Posted at 14:22h, 31 August 2018 Reply

    Lovely album, funky as hell.

  • Havana
    Posted at 20:06h, 02 September 2018 Reply

    Flawless from start to finish.

  • Spiros
    Posted at 18:57h, 03 September 2018 Reply

    A nice surprise. Never heard of him.

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