(Not Just) Knee Deep

Composed by George Clinton / Michael Hampton / Philippe Wynne / Walter "Junie" Morrison

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George Clinton and his musical cohorts of Parliament-Funkadelic wouldn't just indulge in fanciful, funk-drenched "spacy talk" in the recording studio or while in concert. They'd routinely converse in it wherever they'd be gathered. Some of Clinton's imaginative creations would gallivant around the ocean bottom (The Motor Booty Affair), so the word "deep" figured prominently in their vocabulary. It also was a valuable term in the case of their hits. Written and produced by George Clinton, "(Not Just) Knee Deep" dug into the number one R&B spot for three weeks and went to number 77 pop in the fall of 1979. The Uncle Jam Wants You LP went gold, holding at number two R&B for three weeks, peaking at number 18 pop, and yielding the title track single.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Uncle Jam Wants You 1979 Charly
Phat Trax: The Best of Old School, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 5:29
Ultimate 1997 Music Club Records 15:21
Funk Classics: The 70's, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 15:08
The Very Best of Funkadelic 1998 Charly Records 15:22
The Original Cosmic Funk Crew 2000 Metro 15:21
The Funkadelic Collection, Vol. 2 2000 Dressed To Kill 15:22
The Legends Collection 2001 Dressed To Kill 15:22
Mega Soul 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 2:48
Spirit of Funk 2001
Various Artists
Spirit Of (UK) / Wagram Records 15:17
Funk Sessions 2001
Various Artists
Sessions Records 15:21
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Rebound Records
Funky Breaks & Sampled Soul 2002
Various Artists
Music Club Records 15:21
Mastercuts: Bar Funkin' 2003
Various Artists
Mastercuts 5:26
Black Beat's Break Beats 2003
Various Artists
Smith & Co. Sound & Vision
Under a Groove 2004 Snapper 13:29
Straight Outta Compton [Music from the Motion Picture] 2016
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Universal 4:29
Essential 70's Collection, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:26
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