Radio Announcers Unclear on Clinton’s Concept

So on the reissue of Funkadelic’s “Free Your Mind… and Your Ass Will Follow” they included a few bonus tracks. One of those bonus tracks was a 60-second radio advertisement for the album which featured only the first independent clause of the album’s title (as did the modest album cover itself, though the inside material made clear that the full name of the album included the shocking word ‘ass’).

The ad was read by an announcer who is funny in many ways, all of them unintentional. From the unironic use of 70s slang now rarely used without irony to the stilted, white-accented approach to lauding an album that is anything but stilted or white, this audio clip fully deserves its place on an album that went platinum…




  1. Johnny Vector says

    What the funk?! It sounds like the producer (of the spot) told the announcer “Uh, just stretch this copy to 60 seconds however you want; we’ll throw some music under it later.”

    Crazy, man!

  2. DonDueed says

    Okay, now I’m laughing at myself. I honestly thought the lyrics were, “Free your mind, and the rest will follow”.

  3. says


    There’s an En Vogue song where they used your lyric, minus the “and” (that’s also the name of the song: Free Your Mind, The Rest Will Follow). You can listen to it here. But they were copying the lyric from Funkadelic & cleaning it up for radio play. The Funkadelic song is from 1970 (and has more differences than just the title, the lyrics and music are very different, despite En Vogue obviously riffing on the original).

    So… maybe you were right because you were never thinking of the Funkadelic song? The En Vogue song is more familiar to most people.

  4. DonDueed says

    CD – Yes, the En Vogue one is the song I remember. I listened to Funkadelic for comparison… and there is none.

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