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The P-Funk Mothership

Dr. Funkenstein (a.k.a. George Clinton) knew he would need a vehicle finely calibrated to deliver purestrain funk if Parliament-Funkadelic was going to be able to output the cosmic levels of Supergroovalisticposifunkstication that the world needed. To that end, he created the P-Funk Mothership, a full-scale model of a funkified UFO that would land onstage at many of the band’s live shows throughout the 1970s. The Mothership was acquired by the Smithsonian Museum in 2011, where it will remain until the world is crying out for a funk injection once more, or it becomes financially unprofitable to maintain, whichever comes first.

Photo: Smithsonian