You gotta hit the band … look what turns 45 today!

You gotta hit the band … look what turns 45 today!

Back in the day, The (Say it with me!) Exclusive Company would pump the tunes outside the store to the sidewalk. Back in December ‘75, I was headed to downtown Oshkosh for some Christmas shopping and while most other businesses were playing Christmas music, The Exclusive Company was playing this recently released album. I walked in and yelled to Walter “What … is this,” He yelled right back at me, “P-Funk!” and held up the album.

I purchased one — my Christmas gift to myself.

Parliament ~ Mothership Connection ~ released December 15, 1975

The Library of Congress added the album to the National Recording Registry in 2011.

And, it’s #276 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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