Flash Light (song)  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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"Flash Light" is a song by funk band Parliament, released in January of 1978 on the album Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome. It was the first number-one R&B hit by any of the P-Funk groups. The song is frequently played at United States sporting events. The track became Parliament's second certified million selling single, following "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)".

"Flash Light" marked a turning point in popular music, as it introduced the bass synthesizer into the forefront of its rhythm. Originally written for Bootsy Collins, it was re-worked as a Parliament song with Bernie Worrell on keyboards and lead vocals by bandleader George Clinton. Collins, however, contributed to the track by handling drum duties, while his older brother Phelps Collins performs rhythm guitar. "Flash Light" continued the "Fake the Funk/Your nose will grow/Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk" concept that began with Bootsy's Rubber Band's "The Pinocchio Syndrome".

In 2004 Rolling Stone ranked "Flash Light" #199 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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