Not to be confused with the classic Funkadelic album of the same name from 1976, Hardcore Jollies compiles the best of George Clinton's Capitol recordings from the '80s. Clinton only recorded four albums for Capitol -- Computer Games (1982), You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish (1983), Some of My Best Jokes Are Friends (1985), and R&B Skeletons in the Closet (1986) -- none of them on a par with his Parliament/Funkadelic work and none particularly successful commercially. However, though Clinton struggled to make great albums as a solo artist, he still had quite a few great songs, the most well-known, of course, being "Atomic Dog." In addition, this best-of compiles many of his other noteworthy songs from the '80s, including "Hey Good Lookin'," "Do Fries Go With That Shake," and "Man's Best Friend." Unfortunately, three songs in particular are unexplainably missing here that were substantial hits: "Nubian Nut," "Last Dance," and "Double Oh-Oh." Had these three songs been here, Hardcore Jollies would be a definitive showcase of Clinton's work for Capitol. As it stands, however, this best-of perhaps places too much emphasis on Computer Games, compiling six of that album's seven songs. And it's also questionable whether or not you need the extended versions of "Hey Good Lookin'" (seven minutes and 52 seconds) and "Do Fries Go With That Shake" (ten minutes and 15 seconds). Nonetheless, despite being a bit unbalanced, Hardcore Jollies provides an excellent showcase of Clinton's work in the '80s.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier