Huey’s Re-Mix 1979: Uncle Jam a.k.a. George Clinton

On September 21, 1979 American funk band Funkadelic released ‘Uncle Jam Wants You’. The outer record-sleeve shows a photograph by Dien M. Jones of George Clinton -as his alter-ego Uncle Jam- sitting in a rattan chair, holding a ‘bopgun’ in his left hand and pointing his righthand-index finger up. On his right side an unidentified but spacy tube is dispayed. Behind him one can see the ‘One Nation Under A Groove Flag’.

The inner record-sleeve reveals artwork by Pedro Bell (also credited here is Michael Payne). It depicts George Clinton as his alter-ego Uncle Jam sitting in a Funkadelic-space-skull-chair, holding a ‘bopgun’ in his left hand and pointing his righthand-index-finger up. The finger is inflamed and carries the caption ‘funk’.

“In some ways, Uncle Jam Wants You (a reference to the “Uncle Sam wants you!” US Army recruitment posters) is a more militant sequel to the group’s previous album, One Nation Under a Groove. Whereas that album described an ideal country ruled by Funk, “Uncle Jam” actually attempts to provoke the conversion into Funkadelia. Its purpose is also (as the cover claims) to “rescue dance music from the blahs.”

The cover art depicts George Clinton in a Huey Newton-Black Panthers pose, reflecting the more martial lyrical themes of the album.” (wikipedia)