Album: Hey Man... Smell My Finger

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Hey Man... Smell My Finger

Hey Man... Smell My Finger (Front Cover)

Album details

Released: 12 October 1993
Length: 55:27
Label(s): Columbia Records / Paisley Park Records
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards

Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Billboard 200, USA 30 Oct. 1993 145 3
Billboard R&B Chart, USA 30 Oct. 1993 31 11
This album has not received any certifications in the USA
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released

Of the 3 singles released from this album, only the one with a Prince contribution is listed below:

The Big Pump (Germany promo only)
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See also

How Late Do U Have 2BB4UR Absent?
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Alternate Album Configuration

  • 1992 configuration
  1. Let’s Get Satisfied
  2. We Can Funk
  3. This Beat Disrupts
  4. Oilspill
  5. I Need Love
  6. Hi In My Hello
  7. Way Up
  8. Stealin’ The Funk (a.k.a Steal The P)
  9. The Flag (intro)
  10. The Flag Was Still There
  11. Kickback
  12. This Groove (a.k.a Some O’ Disc & Some O’ DAT (KYP)
  13. Rhythm And Rhyme
  14. The Big Pump
  15. If True Love
  16. Booty
Hey Man... Smell My Finger is the second and final Paisley Park Records studio album by George Clinton.

The album contained The Big Pump, co-written and co-produced by Prince and George Clinton. Prince also appears (uncredited) singing background vocals on Get Satisfied. According to Clinton, Prince is also featured on Way Up, but the extent of his contribution on this song is unknown.

The album features several musical guests including Anthony Kiedis and Flea (both from the Red Hot Chili Peppers), Dallas Austin, Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Humpty Hump (from Digital Underground), Ice Cube, N'Dea Davenport, Dr. Dre, Yo-Yo, MC Breed, and Herbie Hancock, as well former P-Funk players Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Maceo Parker, and Fred Wesley, and Prince’s own bandmembers Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss, as well as The Steeles.

Sessions and compiling

The album’s recording sessions ran from 1990-1992. The Big Pump was recorded in early 1990. Recording dates are not known for Get Satisfied, although Prince began including chants from the song into live performances in early 1993, indicating that it may have been recorded late in the sessions.

Prince had also contributed the track My Pony, which was not included on the final album. An earlier configuration of the album also contained a different version of We Can Funk than is featured on Graffiti Bridge.

Dis Beat Disrupts also include repeated samples of Prince’s song Housequake. Prince clearly liked much of the material - a video for Paint The House Black was played prior to shows on The Ultimate Live Experience tour in 1995, and Prince has played Martial Law and Get Satisfied live (most often in 1994-5).

Hollywood was also included on the 1994 NPG Records compilation album 1-800 New Funk, and Get Satisfied was also referred to on The Exodus Has Begun (from the New Power Generation' album Exodus), in the line "like George said, get satisfied (let’s get satisfied, let’s get satisfied)".


The album produced two commercially-released singles, Paint The White House Black and Martial Law, but The Big Pump was available as a promotional release sent to radio in Germany only.

The album reached only number 145 on the US Billboard Pop Chart, and number 31 on the Billboard R&B Chart.

Track listing

Details given for Prince-related tracks only:

  1. Martial Law
  2. Paint The White House Black
  3. Way Up (5:08) 1
  4. Dis Beat Disrupts
  5. Get Satisfied (3:55) 2
  6. Hollywood
  7. Rhythm And Rhyme
  8. The Big Pump (3:33) 3
  9. If True Love
  10. High In My Hello
  11. Maximumisness
  12. Kickback
  13. The Flag Was Still There
  14. Martial Law (Hey Man... Smell My Finger) (Single Version)

Side 1:

  1. Martial Law
  2. Paint The White House Black

Side 2:

  1. Way Up (5:08) 1
  2. Dis Beat Disrupts
  3. Get Satisfied (3:55) 2
  4. Hollywood

Side 3:

  1. Rhythm And Rhyme
  2. The Big Pump (3:33) 3
  3. If True Love
  4. High In My Hello

Side 4:

  1. Maximumisness
  2. Kickback
  3. The Flag Was Still There
  4. Martial Law (Hey Man... Smell My Finger) (Single Version)


Side 1:

  1. Martial Law
  2. Paint The White House Black
  3. Way Up (5:08) 1
  4. Dis Beat Disrupts
  5. Get Satisfied (3:55) 2
  6. Hollywood

Side 2:

  1. Rhythm And Rhyme
  2. The Big Pump (3:33) 3
  3. If True Love
  4. High In My Hello
  5. Maximumisness
  6. Kickback
  7. The Flag Was Still There
  8. Martial Law (Hey Man... Smell My Finger) (Single Version)

1 Written by Foley
2 Written by George Clinton, Clip Payne and Tracey "Treylewd" Lewis
3 Written by Prince and George Clinton


  • album production credits, except where specifically known for The Big Pump and Get Satisfied
  • George Clinton - co-producer
  • Foley - co-producer on Way Up and Get Satisfied
  • Eric Leeds - horn arrangements on Way Up and Get Satisfied
  • Prince - co-producer on The Big Pump
  • Eric Anest - engineer
  • Dallas Austin - engineer
  • Mark Bass - engineer
  • Brad Buxer - engineer
  • Keith Cohen - engineer
  • Steve Curnow - engineer
  • Steve Durkee - engineer
  • Larry Ferguson - engineer
  • David Friedlander - engineer
  • Tom Garneau - engineer
  • Gray Gillian - engineer
  • Ray Hahnfeldt - engineer
  • Bill Laswell - engineer
  • Shane Keller - engineer
  • Dave Kent - engineer
  • Steve King - engineer
  • Michael Koppelmann - engineer
  • Marley Marl - engineer
  • Robert Musso - engineer
  • Steve Noonan - engineer
  • Timothy Penn - engineer
  • Brian Power - engineer
  • Darin Printe - engineer
  • Paul Rankin - engineer
  • Greg Reilly - engineer
  • Jeff Silverman - engineer
  • Blair Sherman - engineer
  • Alvin Speights - engineer
  • Tom Tucker - engineer
  • Jim Vitti - engineer
  • Johnny Lee - art direction
  • Scott Morgan - photography
  • Kerry Gordy - executive producer
  • Alan Leeds - executive producer
  • Benny Medina - executive producer
  • Juli Knapp - project management
  • Laura J. Caron - project coordinator

  • Special Thanks To: Greg Reilly & everyone at the Disc. Ltd., Mark & Jeff Bass, Michael Wilder & everyone at Basement Sounds, Earl & Denise Ciccel & everyone at Ciccel Enterprises, Hupty & Digital Underground, Chuck D. & Flavor Flav, Eric B. & Rakim, Yo-Yo, MC Breed, Cam, Lay Back, Dallas Austin & The Highland Place Mobsters, everyone at D.A.R.P. Studios, Illegal, A.B.C., Chip, everyone at Paisley Park, Prince, The Steele Singers, Darren (for the "Rhythm and Rhyme" loop. To Parliament Funkadelic for 'P'ing always on the ONE, Bootsie, Bernie, Fred, Maceo, Catfish Collins, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric Leeds, J.C.001, Darren Galea, Fiona & Richy, Nicole Tindall, The Ron Ford Family, Overton Lloyd, Loic Gambas Bordas, Pedro Bell, Ronald Edwards, Fred Pattmon Sr. & Jr., Karen Jones, Alan Leeds, Bugs & Everyone at Warner Boros., William Cooper, the babblin’ Kaddabie Family, Eddie Hodge, Barry, Daryl, Serge, Bob, Derrick, Nina, Mercedes, Starr, David & ALL OUR BUS DRIVERS. Carol Agriesti, David Alschul, Roy Ayers, Marylou Badeaux, Joen Beug, Carol Burnham, Steve Butler, Kathy Busby, Jenny Carr, Nancy Chapman, Stu Cohen, Coni Cushman, Gilbert Davison, Francesca Del Regno, Mark Goldstein, Cag Granet, Ray Harris, Chuck Hermes, Craig Costich, Greg Lee, Lisa Longville, Mark Maitland, Benny Medina, Carol Minden, Michael Nance, Steve Nini, Frank Nuti, Mo Ostin, David Ponak, Sue Roberts, Cindy Rose, Susan Rose, Esther Rubin, Tom Ruffino, Hank Spann, Therese Stoulil, Shaye Sullwold, Russ Thyret, Deborah Wang, Lenny Waronker & Jill Willis.
  • Very Special Thanks To: Treylewd (Tracey Lewis), Belita Woods, Gary Shider, "Blackbird" McKnight, Foley, Juli Knapp, Laura Caron, Kerry Gordy & John Dukakis.
  • In addition to those previously mentioned, this work is the end result of the love & support from, and is dedicated to: my Mother, Father, Wife, Children, Grandchildren, Archie Ivy, Marcia, Autumn & Day...
  • Thanks Steph - Love Forever.

LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

USA LP x2 PRO-A-6537 Promo center center center center
USA CD 9 25518-2 center center center center
USA Cassette 9 25518-4 center center center center
GER CD 7599-25518-2 center center center center

Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

GER CD 0060532 NPG 1995 NPG Re-issue center center center center



Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

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