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The Cinderella Theory is the fifth studio album by American funk musician George Clinton, released August 2, 1989 on Paisley Park Records. It was released three years after his previous studio effort, R&B Skeletons in the Closet, which was his last album for Capitol Records. The Cinderella Theory represented a comeback of sorts for Clinton, who had been largely absent from the pop music scene since his last album for Capitol. The album was produced by Clinton for Baby Clinton Inc.

The Cinderella Theory
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 2, 1989
GenreFunk, dance, R&B
LabelPaisley Park/Warner Bros.
ProducerGeorge Clinton
George Clinton chronology
R&B Skeletons in the Closet
The Cinderella Theory
Hey Man, Smell My Finger
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Orlando Sentinel3/4 stars[4]
Philadelphia Inquirer(favorable)[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide(8/10)[7]
Virgin Encyclopedia3/5 stars[8]
Yahoo! Music(unfavorable)[9]
The Village VoiceA-[3]


Track listingEdit

  1. "Airbound" (Tracey Lewis)
  2. "Tweakin'" (Bob Bishop, Chuck D, David Spradley, Flavor Flav) (Featuring Public Enemy) (released as a single-Paisley Park 7-22790 and as a 12" single-Paisley Park 0-21337)
  3. "Cinderella Theory" (Amp Fiddler, George Clinton)
  4. "Why Should I Dog U Out?" (Amp Fiddler, DeWayne McKnight, George Clinton) (released as a single-Paisley Park 7-27557 and as a 12" single-Paisley Park 021157)
  5. "Serious Slammin'" (Greg Crockett)
  6. "There I Go Again" (Amp Fiddler, George Clinton, Joe Harris)
  7. "(She Got It) Goin' On" (Amp Fiddler, Shawn Clinton)
  8. "Banana Boat Song" (I. Burgess, W. Attaway)
  9. "French Kiss" (Andre Foxxe, DeWayne McKnight, George Clinton, Steve Washington)
  10. "Rita Bewitched" (George Clinton, Tracey Lewis) (not available on the vinyl pressing)
  11. "Kredit Kard" (Clip Payne, George Clinton) (not available on the vinyl pressing)
  12. "Airbound (Reprise)" (Tracey Lewis)


  • Keyboards: Joseph Fiddler, David Spradley, Bill Brown, Greg Crockett
  • Bass: Bootsy Collins, DeWayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight, Andre Foxxe, Steve Washington
  • Guitars: DeWayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight, Bootsy Collins, Tracey Lewis, Andre Foxxe
  • Drums and drum programming: William Payne, Dean Ragland, Lelan Zales, Richie Stevens
  • Scratchin': Anthony Jones and Darrin
  • Tenor sax: Eric Leeds
  • Trumpet: Atlanta Bliss
  • Flute: Mike Fleming
  • Percussion: Larry Fratangelo
  • Spoons: AJ
  • Vocals: Pat Lewis, Sheila Washington, Jimmy Giles, Sandra Feva Dance, Lige Curry, Belita Woods, Tambra Makowsky, Navarro Berman, Pennye Ford, Patty Curry, Jennie Peters, Dean Ragland, Robert Johnson, Joe Harris, Andre Foxxe Williams, Tracey Lewis, Jessica Cleaves, Karen Foster, Anita Johnson, Louis Kabbabie, Mike Harris, Garry Shider, Daryl Johnson, Daryl Clinton, Shirley Hayden, Steve Boyd, Angela Workman, "Doe" Holiday


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Cinderella Theory - George Clinton". Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-08-05.
  2. ^ Heim, Chris (August 17, 1989). "George Clinton The Cinderella Theory (Paisley Park)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice: October 31, 1989. Retrieved on 2009-08-05.
  4. ^ Fields, Curt. "George Clinton (The Cinderella Theory)". Orlando Sentinel: 6. September 24, 1989.
  5. ^ Columnist. "Forcified Funk George Clinton, a Driving Force, Has Returned to the World of Music, Refreshed and Rededicated to His Concept". The Philadelphia Inquirer: C1. July 15, 1989.
  6. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony. "George Clinton". The Rolling Stone Album Guide: October 27, 1992.
  7. ^ Marks, Craig. "George Clinton". Spin: October 10, 1995.
  8. ^ Larkin, Colin. "George Clinton". Virgin Encyclopedia of R&B and Soul: 70. March 1, 2002.
  9. ^ Meyer, Frank (August 1989). "George Clinton: The Cinderella Theory". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved on 2009-08-05.


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