Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth | Chicago Reader

Stranger: Bernie Worrell on Earth

As a member of George Clinton's Parliament and a sideman with everyone from Talking Heads to Mos Def, keyboardist Bernie Worrell has exerted a lot of influence on pop music, particularly hip-hop, and this video documentary by Philip Di Fiore features a bunch of talking heads (Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Prince Paul, Bill Laswell, and, yes, David Byrne and Tina Weymouth) attesting to it. Unfortunately, Stranger fails to let Worrell's work speak for itself—and it doesn't allow the keyboardist to say much either. Aside from a pretty much inaudible 30-second snippet of dialogue, the grainy black-and-white footage of Worrell features him either smoking or sulking. And the bulk of the sound track is a rambling, spacey, masturbatory score Worrell seems to have tossed off in an afternoon. 40 min.


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