George Clinton

Atomic Dog

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Parliament-Funkadelic leader George Clinton found himself alone after the band broke up amid a flurry of lawsuits and personal problems that plagued some of the bandmembers. Still, when Clinton decided to become a solo artist, signing a deal with Capitol Records, he used some of his former bandmembers, including Bernie Worrell, one-time Ohio Players member Junie Morrison, Richard Griffith, Eddie Hazel, Gary Shider, and frequent James Brown collaborator Fred Wesley during sessions at United Sound Studios and The Disc in Detroit, MI. During one session, Clinton improvised lyrics about an unusual dog against a track that was going in reverse. Becoming "Atomic Dog," Shider and David Lee Chong added arrangements. With the word "atomic" in the title, it's possible Clinton may have been vibing off of the nuclear war scare that permeated the times. Co-produced by Clinton and Ted Currier, "Atomic Dog" dug into the number one R&B spot for four weeks, peaking at number 101 pop in the spring of 1983. The song's music video was a cartoon creation that echoed the '40s/'50s movie cartoons of Tex Avery. His Computer Games album also included the Top 20 R&B single "Loopzilla."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Computer Games 1982 Capitol 4:44
No Image 1986 Capitol
No Image 1988 EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Atomic Dog [EP] 1990 Capitol 4:42
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Priority Records
Art Laboe's Dedicated to You, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 4:46
Old School Jams, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
SPG 4:45
Old School, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Thump Records 5:24
The Best Funk Album in the World..Ever 1995
Various Artists
Virgin 3:27
Funk Classics: The 80's 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:44
Art Laboe Killer Oldies 2 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 4:46
Sounds of the Eighties: The Rolling Stone Collection, 1982-1983 1995
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:48
Billboard Hot R&B Hits 1983 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 4:16
MVP Classic Funk, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
MVP Records 4:44
The Greatest Funkin' Hits 1996 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 9:58
Old School, Vols. 1-5 1996
Various Artists
Thump Records 5:24
Hardcore Jollies 1997 Disky 4:42
Booty Jams 1998
Various Artists
Mars 4:45
Millennium Party: Funk 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 4:18
10 Things I Hate About You [Original Soundtrack] 1999
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 4:43
Old School Jams: The History Lesson 1999
Various Artists
SPG 4:45
Funkdamentals 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 4:17
Millennium Party [Rhino Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:18
Ridin' Low: Funk Jams 2000
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 4:46
Back to Back Hits 2000 EMI-Capitol Special Markets 4:44
Greatest Hits [Capitol] 2000 Capitol 4:46
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:18
The Best of George Clinton [EMI-Capitol Special Markets] 2000 EMI-Capitol Special Markets 4:20
The Funk Box 2000
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:45
Lowrider 25th Anniversary Tour 2001
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:38
Solid Gold Soul: 80's Rhythm & Grooves 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:47
Funkology 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 4:46
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Rebound Records
Capitol Records 1942-2002 [Deluxe Box Set] 2002
Various Artists
Capitol 4:45
Atomic Funk 2003
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:43
500,000 Kilowatts of P-Funk Power 2004 Fruit Tree 8:29
Throwback Funk 2004
Various Artists
Intersound 5:01
Garfield: The Movie 2004
Original Soundtrack
Bulletproof / Fontana North 4:46
Funk Comes A-Live 2005
Various Artists
Intersound 8:29
Complete Urban 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:45
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Disky
The Best of George Clinton Live 2005 Compendia Music Group 5:01
Disco [2006 #2] 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
No Image 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:26
The Best Of Disco...Ever! 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:26
Original Hits: Rap & Soul 2010
Various Artists
EMI 4:45
Greatest Ever: 80s Groove 2014
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square
80s Groove & Soul
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:47
Bluesfest 2015
Various Artists
Universal 4:45
Greatest Hits [EMI] EMI Digital 4:45
Old School Gold Box Set
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:45
Original Hits: All American
Various Artists
EMI Gold 4:44
Samples Outta L.A.: Funk
Various Artists
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