Bernie Worrell (1944-2016)

As a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic, Bernie Worrell helped create the sound (and Afrofuturist mythos) of funk as we came to know it and, in turn, shaped popular music overall. On Parliament’s massively influential “Flash Light,” Worrell played the bassline on his synthesizer, predicting and providing the foundation for techno and other forms of electronic dance music:

Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House” was inspired by P-Funk, its title coming from the “Burn Down the House!” chant drummer Chris Frantz learned at one of their concerts. So it was only appropriate when Worrell joined Talking Heads for their Remain in Light tour:

I was lucky enough to see Worrell with both of these bands, as well as with his own Woo Warriors.

Worrell has been called back to the Mothership.

 

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