History Music / JamesBrown

25th Oct '17 11:50:43 AM wyattte
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* RagsToRiches: James' life in a nutshell, and his scratching and clawing his way to stardom informed his music ("I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothin'" for example). He made this speech during his famous 1968 concert at the Boston Garden:
-->'''James:''' In Augusta, Georgia, I used to shine shoes on the steps… in front of a radio station called WRDW. I used to shine shoes in front of that station. I think we started off- I used to get three cents, then up to five cents, then finally I got to six cents. But now, I own that station. You know what that is? That’s black power.
18th Oct '17 8:15:40 AM wyattte
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* TheCameo: Made a memorable one in the movie ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' as the Reverend Cleophus James.

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* TheCameo: Made a memorable one in the movie ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' as the Reverend Cleophus James. Made another famous one in ''Film/RockyIV.''



* DrugsAreBad: Touched on sometimes, such as on the somber "King Heroin." Sadly, drugs would wreak havoc on his own life from TheEighties onward.

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* DrugsAreBad: Touched on sometimes, such as on the somber "King Heroin." Sadly, drugs would wreak havoc on his own life (especially angel dust and cocaine) from TheEighties onward.



-->'''Murphy:''' James Brown's been singing 20 years. I don't know ''what'' the fuck James is talking about. I don't understand shit James says. I met him once at ''Series/SaturdayNightLive. I walked up to him, "James, I love your stuff." And he said "SEBABADOODEH!"

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-->'''Murphy:''' James Brown's been singing 20 years. I don't know ''what'' the fuck James is talking about. I don't understand shit James says. I met him once at ''Series/SaturdayNightLive. '' I walked up to him, "James, I love your stuff." And he said "SEBABADOODEH!"
18th Oct '17 8:09:59 AM wyattte
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'''Albums'''

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* DrugsAreBad: Touched on sometimes, such as on the somber "King Heroin." Sadly, drugs would wreak havoc on his own life from TheEighties onward.



** Maybe Creator/EddieMurphy said it best:
-->'''Murphy:''' James Brown's been singing 20 years. I don't know ''what'' the fuck James is talking about. I don't understand shit James says. I met him once at ''Series/SaturdayNightLive. I walked up to him, "James, I love your stuff." And he said "SEBABADOODEH!"



* LargeHam: Brown was definitely alive!



* NoIndoorVoice: "HHHEEEEEEYYYYYYY!!!" James' unrestrained singing style is legendary. By the end of "Cold Sweat" (the full version, mind you), he's letting out screams that would give some HeavyMetal singers a run for their money.



* PureEnergy: Brown was definitely alive!


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* {{Soul}}: The Godfather Of Soul, of course! Not the TropeMaker (that might be Music/RayCharles or Sam Cooke) but his early career embodied the style like few others, and even after he more or less invented {{Funk}}, soul is what informs his entire body of work.
21st Sep '17 2:19:46 PM Geoduck
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* TheCameo: Made a memorable one in the movie ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' as the Reverend Cleophus James.
21st Feb '17 12:23:10 PM bt8257
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Brown's music is also the most sampled music catalogue of all time. The drum break from "[[http://youtu.be/AoQ4AtsFWVM?t=5m18s Funky Drummer]]" is the most sampled song of all time with over 900 tabulated uses of the song on the site [=WhoSampled=]. Several other songs have his, including "Funky President (People It's Bad)", "The Payback", "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved" and "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud" have each been sampled several hundred times.

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Brown's music is also the most sampled music catalogue of all time.ever. The drum break from "[[http://youtu.be/AoQ4AtsFWVM?t=5m18s Funky Drummer]]" is the most sampled song of all time with over 900 tabulated uses of the song on the site [=WhoSampled=]. Several other songs have his, including "Funky President (People It's Bad)", "The Payback", "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved" and "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud" have each been sampled several hundred times.
24th Jan '17 4:30:18 PM AriRockefeller
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* CallAndResponseSong: Spends a good portion of "Sex Machine" doing this worth his own backup band.
28th Aug '16 12:03:50 PM valar55
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* CultOfPersonality: James Brown was enstowed with various honorific titles, many of which he invented himself. In the 1960s he was the most "black" Afro-American singer and dancer you could imagine, making him the black consciousness embodiement in music.
* DanceSensation: In the 1960s and 1970s he was the embodiement of catchy dance music for parties.

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* CultOfPersonality: James Brown was enstowed with various honorific titles, many of which he invented himself. In the 1960s he was the most "black" Afro-American singer and dancer you could imagine, making him the black consciousness embodiement embodiment in music.
* DanceSensation: In the 1960s and 1970s he was the embodiement embodiment of catchy dance music for parties.



* FollowTheLeader: Inspired countless soul, R&B, funk, hiphop and rap acts, but also {{Reggae}}, {{Afrobeat}} and dance music in general. Also a huge influence on live performing. Music/MickJagger and Music/IggyPop are just two artists who borrowed a lot from Brown's stage presence.
6th Jul '16 8:53:45 AM TheBigBopper
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* ButNotTooBlack: Subverted, he is the creator of "Say It Loud: I'm Black And I'm Proud" after all...

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* ButNotTooBlack: Subverted, Defied, he is the creator of "Say It Loud: I'm Black And I'm Proud" after all...
20th Dec '15 2:23:45 PM DavidDelony
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* {{Japandering}}: He made a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PchguzIBRZE commercial for instant miso soup]] in 1992.
14th Oct '15 11:09:46 AM smittykins
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** On the extended version of "Livin' In America ": "Eddie Murphy! Eat yo' heart out!"
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