Yes, that's right, chess boxing. It may be stupid, but it really does exist. Doubt it? Well, they even have their own website.
My favorite books growing up were Genesis and Revelations, which somehow inspired me to become obsessed with science fiction. This led me to become fascinated with machinery, and subsequently, automotive technology. Though my teenage interest in sports cars may have been typical, my rabid studies of the infamous car customizer Ed “Big Daddy” Roth (who combined cartoon and horror imagery with automotive design) profoundly affected my outlook on life. When my high school art teacher told me that my painting projects followed a surrealistic theme I looked up Salvador Dali, and went on to study other artists and movements (especially Dada).For this issue of Indiana Review, Bell contributes, Motherhood in Red, Black, and Green, that he did in his pre-P-Funk period. If you look real close, Bell uses this really cool pointillist technique in this painting that uses all kinds of little dots and circles. Now, I may be tripping, but I wonder if the Afroed woman in this picture is at all related to the ones that keeps popping up in all these covers.
The character on our cover, Sir Noze, actually was produced as a collaboration between Loyd, George Clinton, and other members of the band. Story goes, one day everyone was hanging out in a hotel room on the road and someone brought in some clown noses and started passing them out. After that, as you can imagine, people started clowning. Loyd was drawing Clinton with one of these noses on and Clinton liked it. He asked him to throw a pimp hat and a cape on, someone else named the character (think Cyrano de Bergerac), and Sir Noze D'Voidafunk was born.
According to P-Funkmology, Sir Noze places himself in opposition to the forces funk, personified by Dr. Funkenstein and Starchild. Sir Noze is unable to walk under water wihout getting wet and it leaves him a frustrated and bitter man. He doesn't want to be moved by the power of The One, so he does all he can to destroy Starchild. Loyd said Sir Noze is kind of like Darth Vader, Dr. Funkenstein is Yoda, and Starchild is, of course, Luke.
This story is relevant to our Funk feature because it describes the degree to which Funkmology is the product of a unique collaboration between lyricists and visual artists. In the issue, we're hoping for a similar interaction between the visual and the written. I think the artists pull this off brilliantly (in my unbiased opinion, of course). But you don't have to take my word for it.
*Cue Reading Rainbow music*
This cartoon, from The Motorbooty Affair (1978) album, gives you a flavor of what they were up to. If you can't funk with this, than I don't know what to tell you.