America Eats Its Young

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America Eats Its Young
Funkadelic - America Eats Its Young.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 22, 1972
GenreFunk, psychedelic soul
ProducerGeorge Clinton
Funkadelic chronology
Maggot Brain
America Eats Its Young
Cosmic Slop
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars [1]
Blender2/5 stars [2]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[3]
Ink Blotfavorable [4]
Mojo4/5 stars [5]
Pitchfork Media(8.1/10) [6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [7]

America Eats Its Young is the fourth album (a double album) by Funkadelic, released in May of 1972. This was the first album to include the whole of the House Guests, including Bootsy Collins, Catfish Collins, Chicken Gunnels, Rob McCollough and Kash Waddy. It also features the Plainfield-based band U.S.(United Soul), which consisted of guitarist Garry Shider and bassist Cordell Mosson, on most of the tracks. Unlike previous Funkadelic albums, America Eats Its Young was recorded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and in the UK. The original vinyl version contained a poster illustrated by Cathy Abel. The bottom of the poster features the first widespread appearance of the Funkadelic logo, which would later appear on the cover of the album Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On.

Track listing[edit]

Side One
1."You Hit the Nail on the Head"George Clinton, Clarence Haskins, Bernie Worrell7:10
2."If You Don't Like the Effects, Don't Produce the Cause"Clinton, Garry Shider3:43
3."Everybody Is Going to Make It This Time"Clinton, Worrell5:50
Side Two
1."A Joyful Process" (released as the B-side to "Loose Booty")Clinton, Worrell6:10
2."We Hurt Too"Clinton3:47
3."Loose Booty" (released as a single-Westbound 205)Clinton, Harold Beane4:45
4."Philmore"Bootsy Collins2:40
Side Three
1."I Call My Baby Pussycat"Clinton, Billy Bass Nelson, Eddie Hazel5:00
2."America Eats Its Young"Beane, Clinton, Worrell5:45
3."Biological Speculation"Clinton, Ernie Harris3:00
4."That Was My Girl"Clinton, Sidney Barnes3:41
Side Four
1."Balance"Clinton, Worrell5:52
2."Miss Lucifer's Love"Clinton, Haskins5:50
3."Wake Up"Clinton, James Wesley Jackson, Worrell6:20


Everybody Is Going to Make It This Time[edit]

The song was recorded in London, with the assistance of English drummer Ginger Baker, who was one of Clinton's favorite drummers.


A Joyful Process[edit]

This song starts off borrowing the music from the children's Christian song, "Jesus Loves Me".

We Hurt Too[edit]

Loose Booty[edit]


This song represents the first major songwriting effort of Bootsy Collins as a member of Parliament-Funkadelic, and is widely considered the introduction to his musical persona.

I Call My Baby Pussycat[edit]

George Clinton sang lead vocals, with Frank Waddy on drums.

The song is a remake of a faster version, titled "I Call My Baby Pussycat", recorded by Parliament on their 1970 album Osmium. Two versions of the song (fast and slow), based on the original Parliament version, appear on the 1996 live Funkadelic release Live: Meadowbrook, Rochester, Michigan – 12th September 1971.

This later version of the song was originally retitled "Pussy," and that title appears on the cover of some vinyl versions of the album, and on some modern CD reissues. Under record company pressure, the titled was restored to "I Call My Baby Pussycat," on future Parliament-Funkadelic releases featuring the song, and some future CD pressings of America Eats Its Young. Both titles can be found on modern CD pressings of the album.

America Eats Its Young[edit]

Biological Speculation[edit]

That Was My Girl[edit]

The song is a remake of a 1965 version by The Parliaments.


  • Lead Vocals: Bootsy Collins

Miss Lucifer's Love[edit]

"Miss Lucifer's Love" features vocals by Fuzzy Haskins and string and horn arrangements by Bernie Worrell. Its songwriters are George Clinton and Fuzzy Haskins.

  • Lead vocal: Fuzzy Haskins
  • Lead guitar: Eddie Hazel

Wake Up[edit]




Billboard (North America)[8]

Year Chart Position
1972 Pop Albums 123
1972 R&B Albums 22

Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1972 “A Joyful Process” R&B Singles 38


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. America Eats Its Young at AllMusic
  2. ^ Blender review Archived 2009-08-27 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: F". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via
  4. ^ Ink Blot review
  5. ^ "Mojo review". Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
  6. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review
  8. ^ American Eats Its Young – Awards

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