Released as a single in 1969, this song was included on the first Funkadelic album in 1970. It marked a new direction for the band, setting them on a course of groundbreaking psychedelic funk. In a Songfacts interview with George Clinton
, he cited it as the most important P-Funk song to him. "That was the beginning of the notion that we were going to do a funky band, as opposed to a doo-wop group/singing group like the Temptations," he said. "'Music For My Mother' was my thought of being able to do blues and R&B and keeping it that way, without it trying to cross over. To just do whatever I felt like. 'Music For My Mother' was the first song that I did that with."