YMMV: James Brown

  • Archive Panic: His discography is rather extensive; many of his earliest albums featured endless instrumental versions and re-recordings of his hits (as was the industry practice at the time). Record Label Hip-O Select even spent a few years re-issuing every single one of his singles from 1956 to 1979, culminating in an 11 volume set. Star Time is by far the best buy to start off with, featuring four discs full of Brown's greatest and essentials hits.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: His electrifying performance at The T.A.M.I. Show in 1964, which includes a prime example of his Not Quite Dead cape routine.
    • When Brown found out The Rolling Stones were due to perform after his set, Brown objected, telling the show's producers, "Nobody follows James Brown!" Keith Richards would later say one of the biggest mistakes the Stones ever made was following him.
  • Ear Worm: Every single track.
  • Epic Riff: "The Payback", "Doing It To Death", "Superbad", "Blues and Pants"... due to their repetition and being extensively sample over the years, James Brown riffs tend to be instantly recognizable upon hearing them.
  • Memetic Sex God
  • Sampled Up: Brown is believed to be the most sampled artist of all time.