That one time George Clinton and Bootsy Collins almost got abducted by Aliens

“We weren’t high that particular time!”

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted funk master George Clinton is already a glorious human for his song titles (“The Electric Spanking of War Babies” – it’s a thing), bygone rainbow dreds, and entering the stage through the P-Funk Mothership (above, now residing in the Smithsonian Museum). But did you know that the Mothership almost called him and bass man Bootsy Collins home? Clinton shared the  chemically unaided tale of their alien time-traveler encounter in his recent memoir, Brothers Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You? (But you can probably listen to the story on ’70s on 7 faster than you can read that book title.)

“Bootsy and I both, as high as we stayed…we weren’t high that particular time! We had just went into the border into Canada. And [we saw] a light, straight out of the clouds, straight to the ground. In daylight!” Clinton said. “Three or four minutes later, again right through the trees…[the light] hit one side of the street, the other side of the street, and the third oneit hit the car we were in!…[We] heard somebody talk about time [travel]…I called Bootsy up and made him repeat everything that happened…It spooked both of us.”

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