He's smart enough to see through the hypocrisy of America's so-called "war on drugs," and is never too shy to loudly address it. A couple of years ago, he wowed a young Def Poetry audience when he read the "poem" "Dope Dog." In actuality, its words are the lyrics to the song "U.S. Custom Coast Guard Dope Dog," from the Parliament-Funkadelic/P-Funk All Stars album Dope Dogs (P-Vine/Hot Hands/Dogone, 1994), which also features songs titled "Help, Scottie, Help (I'm Tweaking and I Can't Beam Up)" and "Pepe (The Pill Popper)." Clinton left the audience at that HBO studio reading with an observant final line about "the deal on dope": "There's more profit in pretending that we're stopping it than selling it."
GEORGE CLINTON AND PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC
Aug. 30, 9 p.m., $38
1300 Van Ness, SF