1/ Get Yo Ass In The Water & Swim Like Me (Clinton,Laswell) 4.25 2/ Iceberg Dead Ahead (Chorus Instrumental) (Clinton,Laswell) 7.25 3/ Get Yo Ass In The Water - Extended Vocal (Clinton,Laswell) 6.00 4/ Get Yo Ass In The Water - Instrumental (Laswell) 5.40 Vocals recorded at Dog In Me, Inc. Music recorded and mixed at Orange Sound Studios, Orange, New Jersey Constructed by Bill Laswell Produced by Alan Douglas, George Clinton & Bill LaswellGeorge Clinton: vocals; Bill Laswell: music.
1997 - Douglas Music (USA), ADC16 (CD Single)
The Titanic toast was written shortly after the ship went down, and has been passed on through the generations, It tells the story of Shine, a coal-shoveling boiler room worker who had the sense to jump ship despite the orders of the captain and the offers of money and sex from rich, white passengers. He tells them to "get yo ass in the water and swim like me", useful advice, but they die waiting in the shadows of technological hype.
This isn't your typical P-Funk outing and, despite 4 remixes, it is hard to imagine this being a dancefloor hit. Still, Clinton and Laswell (working from a traditional arrangement by Robert Gardiner) preserve a bit of history by retelling the story of the mythical Shine and, in the process, reminding us to think for ourselves. As Shine says to the captain after being "reassurred" that there are 48 pumps on board to handle the water coming in: "Your bullshit is good, your bullshit is fine, but this one time, you ain't bullshittn' Shine."
2 1/2 out of 5
grotski (courtesy of the Indiedisco website)