1979 Parlet - Invasion of the booty snatchers
The trio, all P-Funk veterans by 1978 was originally comprised of Debbie Wright, Jeanette Washington and Mallia Franklin. Wright and Washington had been touring with P-Funk since the first large scale tour in 1975, becoming the first official female members of P-Funk. The third member, Mallia Franklin had been an associate and confidant of Clinton's since she was in her early teens. Franklin brought William 'Bootsy' Collins from Toronto to Clinton in 1971.Debbie Wright and Mallia Franklin had been session vocalists for Parliament-Funkadelic since the early seventies. Parlet's debut album 'Pleasure Principle' was released in February 1978. It was the first female satellite from the George Clinton Mothership with the title track being the first release. It reached #66 on the R&B charts. Debbie Wright left Parlet only a month after the albums release. Wright's abrupt departure stunted the promotional growth of the album and it floated without the groups support for months.
With a summer tour looming, the remaining members hired Shirley Hayden to replace Wright and tour in support of the album. After a summer tour with Bootsy's Rubber Band and big funk events like the monumentous Chicago funk fest at Soldier Field, Clinton opted to drop Parlet from the P-Funk Anti-Tour in the fall of 1978 and chose to take the Brides only. Speculation for Clinton's choice swirled from money issues to intimidation of the groups powerful show. Parlet began to perform outside of the Clinton veil opening for groups like WAR. They returned to the Parliament-Funkadelic fold for a European tour in the winter of 1978 with P-Funk and Brides Of Funkenstein. Theirstability would be short lived with Mallia Franklin making a decision to leave Parlet as soon as they returned to American soil. She sighted the treatment of Parlet, as well as an opportunity to lead a band with bassist, Donnie Sterling as her motives. The proposed Sterling Silver Starship with Franklin and Sterling began recording in early 1979. At that same time, Parlet was regrouping with a new member, Janice Evans.
After the arrival of Janice Evans, the second Parlet album for Casablanca "Invasion Of The Booty Snatchers" was released in April of 1979. The album was comprised of songs already recorded with Franklin (Ridin' High, No Rump To Bump and Huff-N-Puff), a song with road manager, Cheryl James as the third lead singer (Booty Snatchers) and new songs recorded with Evans (You're Leaving and Don't Ever Stop (Lovin' Me, Needin' Me). Casablanca attempted to save their investment with a promotional blitz for the album, but Clinton's fervor for the group had diminished with the exits of Wright and then Franklin. Shirley Hayden and Jeanette Washington continued on with Janice Evans for the minimal promotion and touring that the P-Funk organization was allowing for the group. The trio did perform on all of the legendary "World's Greatest Funk Festivals" around the country in the summer of 1979, featuring Bootsy's Rubber Band, Rick James, P-Funk, The Brides and others. Despite the inconsistency of the group, the first single "Ridin' High" turned out to be Parlet's highest charting single at #49 on the R&B charts.