Monday, December 25, 2006
Not the news I wanted to wake up to on Christmas morning...JAMES BROWN has died.
Let's face it, the man had some personal issues...but the music he made in the 60s and 70s...oh man. "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag". "Get Up (I Feel Like Being Like A) Sex Machine". "The Payback". "Make it Funky". "Get Up Offa That Thing"...and that's just scratching the surface. He was such an innovator and influence: without Brown- no Parliament/Funkadelic/Bootsy's Rubber Band. No Sly. No Prince. Hundreds of thousands of rappers would have had to sample God knows what. Not to mention the sociological import of what he meant to African Americans in the 60's and beyond.
Brown's mojo was so strong that he could get an uptight white boy from Horse Cave, Kentucky to dance around like a fool.
RIP, JB...hope you've found peace. Dead on the Heavy Funk, indeed.