Flash Light


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"Flash Light" is a song by funk band Parliament, written by George Clinton, Bernie Worrell, and Bootsy Collins and released in January 1978 on the album Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome. It was the first #1 R&B hit by any of the P-Funk groups and spent four months on the U. S. pop chart, peaking at #16. The track became Parliament's second certified million-selling single, following "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)". "Flash Light" also gave Casablanca Records its first #1 R&B hit. In New Zealand, the song reached #3 and is ranked as the #8 hit of 1978. 

Now, I lay me down to sleep
Ooh, I just can't find a beat
Flash light (ohh, I will never dance!)
Flash light


A parliament is a legislature whose power and function are similar to those dictated by the Westminster system of the United Kingdom. More generally, "parliament" may simply refer to a democratic government's legislature. The term is derived from the French parlement, the action of parler (to speak): a parlement is a discussion. The term came to mean a meeting at which such a discussion took place.[when?] It acquired its modern meaning as it came to be used for the body of people (in an institutional sense) who would meet to discuss matters of state. more »

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Music Genre
"Flash Light" by George Clinton and Parliament is a funk song which is a music genre that originated in African-American communities, combining elements of soul, jazz, and R&B.
Chart Success
Upon its release in 1978, "Flash Light" climbed to the number one spot on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart. It also holds the position of 26 on the dance charts.
Popular Sample
The song has been used or sampled in numerous other works, notably by rap artists such as Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, demonstrating its long-lasting cultural impact.
Production Technique
Interestingly, the song’s prominent bass line is not played by a bass guitar but a Minimoog synthesizer.
Song Review
Rolling Stone magazine lists "Flash Light" as one of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
Musical Influence
The song played a significant role in defining the funk genre and has influenced countless other artists.
Album Success
"Flash Light" is a single from Parliament's album "Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome" which also reached the number one spot on the Billboard R&B Albums chart.
Writing Credits
The song was written by George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and Bernie Worrell. All three of these musicians are influential figures in funk music.
Unique Instrumental Composition
The song is noted for its innovative use of multiple layered tracks of the Minimoog performing the bass line and other parts of the song.
In 2019, "Flash Light" was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

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