This went to #1 on the R&B chart, giving Funkadelic their first topper on that tally (they had another with "(Not Just) Knee Deep
"). George Clinton usually released the songs with more hit potential as Parliament tracks, but he felt it was time to get Funkadelic a hit.
"We really wanted it to be a hit so we really made it more commercial and more straightforward than I like to do it," he told Blues & Soul
in 1978. "The band were even singing: 'Corny or not, here we come'! It's corny but it's clever and the time is right for it. It's something we hadn't done since our Motown days. Sure, we could have done it all along but people bag you and you can't get out of the bag then and Funkadelic mustn't be bagged.
At one time, we were gonna do it much harsher but it didn't suit the vibration of the song. We don't want people to think of us as being political – though we are political but from a mental standpoint. Burn down the ghettoes in your head and trespass in your own mind, that's what we are trying to say."