Notoriously reclusive funk pioneer Sly Stone is making his way back into the limelight, one interview at a time. And we really mean “one interview at a time”; Vanity Fair just scored the first Q&A with the Family man in 25 years. But Sly is sober and finally ready for a comeback: armed with a library of 200 tunes, coaxed out of seclusion with the help of his sister, Vet. The Vanity piece is a worthwhile read for its exhaustive narrative arc, but especially for quotes like this:

When I ask him if he was consciously trying to do something different with his December 1969 single “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” which, with its chanted unison vocals and slap bass, effectively invented 1970s funk?without it, no Parliament-Funkadelic, no Ohio Players, no Earth, Wind & Fire?he replies simply, “Well, the title was spelled phonetically. That was one thing different.”

Thank you (fore tha awsum insite Sli).

Comments (8)
  1. I Can Has Slyzburger?

  2. clamps  |   Posted on Jul 3rd, 2007 0


  3. Fun fact: That’s the same invisible keyboard from Journey’s “Separate Ways” video.

  4. Sly’s looking for an assistant and some kung fu chicks:

  5. The Other Matthew  |   Posted on Jul 3rd, 2007 0


    And dude, WTF @ the kung fu chicks? That’s, like, awesome and stuff.

  6. G. Parker  |   Posted on Jul 3rd, 2007 0

    Fuck the Pumpkins, man! I’m totally behind this comeback!

  7. d-wall  |   Posted on Jul 3rd, 2007 0

    If you’d been smoking crack since your last Dick Cavett Show appearance, you’d also believe that yellow ATV was a new type of keyboard.

  8. herrsatan  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2007 0

    “No Man! I want the handle-bars up here!”
    “Then I can smoke my shit AND ride at the same time!”

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