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* AchievementsInIgnorance: As told by George Clinton himself, "Atomic Dog", one of the if not the biggest hits he ever came out with, came about when a high on crack George heard the sound engineer rewinding the track and mistakenly began singing to it.

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* AchievementsInIgnorance: As told by George Clinton himself, "Atomic Dog", one of the if not the biggest hits he ever came out with, came about when a George, high on crack George crack, heard the sound engineer rewinding the track and mistakenly began singing to it.



** Miles Davis divorced Betty and moved on after only a single tumultuous year of marriage[[note]]The reason why isn't discussed in the episode, but Miles's autobiography states that he all but knew Betty was cheating on him with Jimi Hendrix, confronted her, and ordered her to sign the papers.[[/note]]; still, he believed strongly in her talent and encouraged her solo career, even consulting with the band a few times over the phone about which chord progressions they could use on the debut album. This connection, along with Betty keeping her married name, would soon cause her a lot of grief from those dismissing her as [[{{Nepotism}} riding Miles's coattails]].

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** Miles Davis divorced Betty and moved on after only a single tumultuous year of marriage[[note]]The reason why isn't discussed in the episode, but Miles's autobiography states that he all but knew Betty was cheating on him with Jimi Hendrix, Music/JimiHendrix, confronted her, and ordered her to sign the papers.[[/note]]; still, he believed strongly in her talent and encouraged her solo career, even consulting with the band a few times over the phone about which chord progressions they could use on the debut album. This connection, along with Betty keeping her married name, would soon cause her a lot of grief from those dismissing her as [[{{Nepotism}} riding Miles's coattails]].



-->'''Billy Joe Shaver:''' ...I hit him right between a mother and a fucker.

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-->'''Billy Joe Shaver:''' ...-->...I hit him right between a mother and a fucker.



-->"Ben Greenman is a former New York Times reporter, who helped George write the book... ''[Said as haltingly as possible]'' 'Brothas Be, Yo, Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard On You?'."

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-->"Ben -->Ben Greenman is a former New ''New York Times Times'' reporter, who helped George write the book... ''[Said [''said as haltingly as possible]'' possible''] 'Brothas Be, Yo, Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard On You?'."You?



* {{Determinator}}: Nothing will stop Jerry Lee Lewis from getting to a gig, even if it means driving ''90 miles on a flat tire at top speed''.

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Nothing will stop Jerry Lee Lewis from getting to a gig, even if it means driving ''90 miles on a flat tire at top speed''.



-->'''Mike Judge:''' ''[On Billy Joe Shaver]'' ...And, like almost everyone else in this series so far, he shot a guy.

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-->'''Mike Judge:''' ''[On [''on Billy Joe Shaver]'' ...Shaver''] ...And, like almost everyone else in this series so far, he shot a guy.



-->'''Tony Cook:''' He said, ''[Imitating Brown]'' "Tony and Melvin [Parker], I want you to play that disco beat -- play it on ''everything!'' Play it here, this -- ''[Mimes disco drum pattern]'' -- play it on EVERYTHING!" So, that's what we tried to do. Of course, that didn't work out so well, you know.

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-->'''Tony --->'''Tony Cook:''' He said, ''[Imitating Brown]'' [''imitating Brown''] "Tony and Melvin [Parker], I want you to play that disco beat -- play it on ''everything!'' Play it here, this -- ''[Mimes [''mimes disco drum pattern]'' pattern''] -- play it on EVERYTHING!" So, that's what we tried to do. Of course, that didn't work out so well, you know.



* InsufferableGenius: Does it even need to be said that Prince was shining example of this?

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* %%* InsufferableGenius: Does it even need to be said that Prince was shining example of this?



* MushroomSamba: Quite often. Aside from the aforementioned incident with James Brown, there's also Bootsy Collins taking so much acid that he thought his bass neck was a snake (which is what led to Brown firing him), George Clinton accidentally driving through the set of Film/NightOfTheLivingDead while tripping, which caused him to [[BringMeMyBrownPants piss himself]] and Billy Joe Shaver [[ItMakesSenseInContext ingesting a large quantity of acid-laced toilet paper]] given to him by Music/TheGratefulDead, which led to him lying motionless in a parking lot for a full day, not noticing that he was being repeatedly ''bitten by a brown recluse spider''.

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* MushroomSamba: Quite often. Aside from the aforementioned incident with James Brown, there's also Bootsy Collins taking so much acid that he thought his bass neck was a snake (which is what led to Brown firing him), him); George Clinton accidentally driving through the set of Film/NightOfTheLivingDead ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' while tripping, which caused him to [[BringMeMyBrownPants piss himself]] himself]]; and Billy Joe Shaver [[ItMakesSenseInContext ingesting a large quantity of acid-laced toilet paper]] given to him by Music/TheGratefulDead, which led to him lying motionless in a parking lot for a full day, not noticing that he was being repeatedly ''bitten by a brown recluse spider''.



-->"Dick [=DeGuerin=] also represented Bobby Durst, who, uh, [[Film/TheJinx cut the guy's head off in Waco]]. Bobby Durst and I were co-best men at Chinga Chavin's wedding in Las Vegas -- Chinga Chavin, the guy who wrote 'Proud to Be an Asshole from El Paso', and also, 'Cum Stains on the Pillow (Where Your Sweet Head Used to Be)'. Um, at any rate, Dick [=DeGuerin=], he says, 'never put a woman on a jury whose lips resemble a chicken's asshole'."

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-->"Dick -->Dick [=DeGuerin=] also represented Bobby Durst, who, uh, [[Film/TheJinx cut the guy's head off in Waco]]. Bobby Durst and I were co-best men at Chinga Chavin's wedding in Las Vegas -- Chinga Chavin, the guy who wrote 'Proud to Be an Asshole from El Paso', and also, 'Cum Stains on the Pillow (Where Your Sweet Head Used to Be)'. Um, at any rate, Dick [=DeGuerin=], he says, 'never put a woman on a jury whose lips resemble a chicken's asshole'."



-->'''Troupe:''' I hate to say this, but Miles loved the word "bitch". ''(Laughs)'' And whether that's good or not, you know, Miles -- LOVED -- the word -- "bitch". I heard him say it so many time -- to women, to all kind of people. ''(Imitating Davis)'' "Bitch, bring your ass over here." I said, "Miles, you can't say that!" "Fuck you. Shit, I can say what I want." ''(Beat)'' "Bitch!"

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-->'''Troupe:''' I hate to say this, but Miles loved the word "bitch". ''(Laughs)'' *''laughs''* And whether that's good or not, you know, Miles -- LOVED -- the word -- "bitch". I heard him say it so many time -- to women, to all kind of people. ''(Imitating Davis)'' [''imitating Davis''] "Bitch, bring your ass over here." I said, "Miles, you can't say that!" "Fuck you. Shit, I can say what I want." ''(Beat)'' *''beat''* "Bitch!"



** Of course, even relatively recent events are subject to this. Such as Billy Joe Shaver's 2007 shooting incident, which was only a decade or so old at the time of his episode. When recalling the story, Shaver claims the man he popped had a gun and shot at him 3 times. Judge quickly cuts in to state the police report, several eyewitnesses and the legal arguments later all showed he only had a knife.

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** Of course, even relatively recent events are subject to this. Such this, such as Billy Joe Shaver's 2007 shooting incident, which was only a decade or so old at the time of his episode. When recalling the story, Shaver claims the man he popped had a gun and shot at him 3 times. Judge quickly cuts in to state the police report, several eyewitnesses and the legal arguments later all showed he only had a knife.



** Christian [=McBride=] recounts how he, a young James Brown superfan, would go to his concerts whenever he got a chance and wrote fan letters to Brown in prison; while establishing his music career, he cultivated a friendship with Martha High -- who was sort of the den mother of the organization -- over a few years, and eventually got invited up to James' house for his 1996 Christmas party. At dinner, James let Christian pitch his idea for a jazz-funk collaboration album, praised him for knowing his stuff, said he loved his work, and told everybody that he'd been bragging about being friends with "the great Christian [=McBride=]". Three hours later, right before taking Christmas pictures, Brown took [=McBride=] aside for a devastating private conversation -- he "knew" Christian was trying to take Martha High away from him (in what may have been PCP-induced paranoia), he didn't "collaborate" with ''anybody'' and any album they made together would be headlined by him, and he'd listened to Christian's albums, but thought they were shit.

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** Christian [=McBride=] recounts how he, a young James Brown superfan, would go to his concerts whenever he got a chance and wrote fan letters to Brown in prison; while establishing his music career, he cultivated a friendship with Martha High -- who was sort of the den mother of the organization -- over a few years, and eventually got invited up to James' house for his 1996 Christmas party. At dinner, James let Christian pitch his idea for a jazz-funk collaboration album, praised him for knowing his stuff, said he loved his work, and told everybody that he'd been bragging about being friends with "the great Christian [=McBride=]". Three hours later, right before taking Christmas pictures, Brown took [=McBride=] aside for a devastating private conversation -- he "knew" Christian was trying to take Martha High away from him (in what may have been PCP-induced paranoia), he didn't "collaborate" with ''anybody'' and any album they made together would be headlined by him, and he'd listened to Christian's albums, but thought they were shit.shit.

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** Miles Davis divorced Betty and moved on after only a single tumultuous year of marriage[[note]]The reason why isn't discussed in the episode, but Miles's autobiography states that he all but knew Betty was cheating on him with Jimi Hendrix, confronted her, and ordered her to sign the papers.[[/note]]; still, he believed strongly in her talent and encouraged her solo career, even consulting with the band a few times over the phone about which chord progressions they could use on the debut album. This connection, along with Betty keeping her married name, would soon cause her a lot of grief from those dismissing her as [[{{Nepotism}] riding Miles's coattails]].

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** Miles Davis divorced Betty and moved on after only a single tumultuous year of marriage[[note]]The reason why isn't discussed in the episode, but Miles's autobiography states that he all but knew Betty was cheating on him with Jimi Hendrix, confronted her, and ordered her to sign the papers.[[/note]]; still, he believed strongly in her talent and encouraged her solo career, even consulting with the band a few times over the phone about which chord progressions they could use on the debut album. This connection, along with Betty keeping her married name, would soon cause her a lot of grief from those dismissing her as [[{{Nepotism}] [[{{Nepotism}} riding Miles's coattails]].


** Miles Davis divorced Betty and moved on after only a single tumultuous year of marriage[[note]]The reason why isn't discussed in the episode, but Miles's autobiography states that he all but knew Betty was cheating on him with Jimi Hendrix, confronted her, and ordered her to sign the papers.[[note]]; still, he believed strongly in her talent and encouraged her solo career, even consulting with the band a few times over the phone about which chord progressions they could use on the debut album. This connection, along with Betty keeping her married name, would soon cause her a lot of grief from those dismissing her as [[{{Nepotism}] riding Miles's coattails]].

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** Miles Davis divorced Betty and moved on after only a single tumultuous year of marriage[[note]]The reason why isn't discussed in the episode, but Miles's autobiography states that he all but knew Betty was cheating on him with Jimi Hendrix, confronted her, and ordered her to sign the papers.[[note]]; [[/note]]; still, he believed strongly in her talent and encouraged her solo career, even consulting with the band a few times over the phone about which chord progressions they could use on the debut album. This connection, along with Betty keeping her married name, would soon cause her a lot of grief from those dismissing her as [[{{Nepotism}] riding Miles's coattails]].


* AmicableExes: George Jones and Tammy Wynette, which is surprising considering [[DomesticAbuse what he put her through]].

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* AmicableExes: AmicableExes:
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George Jones and Tammy Wynette, which is was surprising considering [[DomesticAbuse what he put her through]].through]].
** Miles Davis divorced Betty and moved on after only a single tumultuous year of marriage[[note]]The reason why isn't discussed in the episode, but Miles's autobiography states that he all but knew Betty was cheating on him with Jimi Hendrix, confronted her, and ordered her to sign the papers.[[note]]; still, he believed strongly in her talent and encouraged her solo career, even consulting with the band a few times over the phone about which chord progressions they could use on the debut album. This connection, along with Betty keeping her married name, would soon cause her a lot of grief from those dismissing her as [[{{Nepotism}] riding Miles's coattails]].


* YankTheDogsChain: Christian [=McBride=] recounts how he, a young James Brown superfan, would go to his concerts whenever he got a chance and wrote fan letters to Brown in prison; while establishing his music career, he cultivated a friendship with Martha High -- who was sort of the den mother of the organization -- over a few years, and eventually got invited up to James' house for his 1996 Christmas party. At dinner, James let Christian pitch his idea for a jazz-funk collaboration album, praised him for knowing his stuff, said he loved his work, and told everybody that he'd been bragging about being friends with "the great Christian [=McBride=]". Three hours later, right before taking Christmas pictures, Brown took [=McBride=] aside for a devastating private conversation -- he "knew" Christian was trying to take Martha High away from him (in what may have been PCP-induced paranoia), he didn't "collaborate" with ''anybody'' and any album they made together would be headlined by him, and he'd listened to Christian's albums, but thought they were shit.

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* YankTheDogsChain: YankTheDogsChain:
** After a nearly lethal overdose that left him in the hospital, Rick James really did agree to seek professional help and get clean before his addiction overtook him. What his band didn't know is that his bungalow at the rehab center was next to Steven Tyler's, and the two were eventually caught with a smuggled stash of cocaine.[[note]]Rick would go through ''several'' rehabilitation periods together with Steven, whom he considered a friend; even when they weren't secretly using, both wound up undermining each other's treatment by not taking the process seriously.[[/note]]
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Christian [=McBride=] recounts how he, a young James Brown superfan, would go to his concerts whenever he got a chance and wrote fan letters to Brown in prison; while establishing his music career, he cultivated a friendship with Martha High -- who was sort of the den mother of the organization -- over a few years, and eventually got invited up to James' house for his 1996 Christmas party. At dinner, James let Christian pitch his idea for a jazz-funk collaboration album, praised him for knowing his stuff, said he loved his work, and told everybody that he'd been bragging about being friends with "the great Christian [=McBride=]". Three hours later, right before taking Christmas pictures, Brown took [=McBride=] aside for a devastating private conversation -- he "knew" Christian was trying to take Martha High away from him (in what may have been PCP-induced paranoia), he didn't "collaborate" with ''anybody'' and any album they made together would be headlined by him, and he'd listened to Christian's albums, but thought they were shit.


** Billy Joe Shaver's similar aggravated assault trial hit a snag because Billy Joe had given his friend Dale Weston permission to write a ballad about it, and the song had been receiving local airplay, making it harder for the defense to challenge the evidence against him.[[note]]Multiple witnesses also all claimed Shaver told the man "where do you want it" before firing, despite Billy Joe's own shocked denial -- so Weston either picked it up while researching the case, or Billy Joe told Dale himself, then ''forgot'' he said it, which wasn't out of the question.[[/note]] At another point, when asked by the prosecutor if he could've just walked away from the fight and not taken the man's bait, he replied, "[[EverythingIsBigInTexas Ma'am, I'm from Texas]] -- [[HonorBeforeReason I ain't no chickenshit]]." Amazingly, unlike Paycheck, Shaver got off not guilty.

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** Billy Joe Shaver's similar aggravated assault trial hit a snag because Billy Joe had given his friend Dale Weston permission to write a ballad about it, and the song had been receiving local airplay, making it harder for the defense to challenge the evidence against him.[[note]]Multiple witnesses also all [[note]]The song claimed that Shaver told the man "where do you want it" before firing, despite Billy Joe's own shocked denial denial, but multiple witnesses also all claimed the same thing -- so meaning Weston either picked it up while researching the case, or Billy Joe told Dale himself, himself that he said it, then ''forgot'' he said it, what really happened, which wasn't out of the question.[[/note]] At another point, when asked by the prosecutor if he could've just walked away from the fight and not taken the man's bait, he replied, "[[EverythingIsBigInTexas Ma'am, I'm from Texas]] -- [[HonorBeforeReason I ain't no chickenshit]]." Amazingly, unlike Paycheck, Shaver got off not guilty.


* DoNotCallMePaul: As soon as Donnie Lytle took on his stage name, he would refuse to answer to Donnie or Donald or Don -- it was always "Johnny Paycheck", and he'd lose his temper at anyone who did otherwise. He even legally changed his name shortly after adopting the title.



** Joanne [=McDuffie=] claims this wasn't the idea behind Rick James spinning off his backup singers, the Mary Jane Girls, into an all-girl act to compete with Prince, as both he and his nemesis had intended to create their own female groups for a while and actually might've inspired Prince to beat him to the punch with Vanity / Apollonia 6. It was, however, ''very'' much the case with Process and the Doo Rags, Rick's answer to The Time.[[note]]Ironically, what doesn't get mentioned in the show is that after leaving The Time behind, a newly independent Morris Day signed Cheri Wells, formerly of the MJG, to sing lead vocals in The Day Z's, the short-lived girl group ''he'' was producing, bringing it full-circle.[[/note]]

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** Donnie Lytle's second stage name, after Donny Young, was a deliberate attempt to compete with the many successful "Johnnies" currently singing in Nashville, most notably Johnny Cash and then-rising rockabilly artist Johnny Dollar.[[note]]Dollar himself sometimes traded off the success of the radio show ''Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar'', billing himself as "Mr. Action-Packed" after the program's tagline.[[/note]] Remembering a obscure journeyman boxer named Johnny Paychek who'd once fought Joe Louis, Donnie's manager anglicized the surname to "Paycheck", fitting in with the money theme.
** Joanne [=McDuffie=] claims this wasn't the idea behind Rick James spinning off his backup singers, the Mary Jane Girls, into an all-girl act to compete with Prince, as both he and his nemesis had intended to create their own female groups for a while (Prince being inspired by ''Film/AStarIsBorn1976''), and Rick actually might've inspired provoked Prince to beat him to the punch with Vanity / Apollonia 6. It was, however, ''very'' much the case with Process and the Doo Rags, Rick's answer to The Time.[[note]]Ironically, what doesn't get mentioned in the show is that after leaving The Time behind, a newly independent Morris Day signed Cheri Wells, formerly of the MJG, to sing lead vocals in The Day Z's, the short-lived girl group ''he'' was producing, bringing it full-circle.[[/note]]


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* StickyFingers: Johnny Paycheck / Donnie Lytle was a notorious car thief and hubcap stripper in his youth, enough to earn him the nickname "Hubcap Donnie"; he once stole a sedan off of a used car lot, drove it around, decided he didn't like it, went back and stole ''another'' car off the lot along with the dealer's keyboard, which he then threw in a creek.[[note]]Though Gary and Arnie go on to briefly mention him doing prison time as a young man, it was actually for assaulting a superior officer while Donnie was serving in the Navy.[[/note]] Even a coveted job playing backup for Patsy Cline was ruined when he got drunk, noticed Patsy's keys were unattended, and took her car for a joyride -- except event security shut the gate, so Johnny just kept driving in a circle around the fairgrounds until the car ran out of gas.


* TheDissTrack: At the height of James Brown and rival soul singer Joe Tex's public feud, Brown charmed Tex's backup singer and ex-wife Bea Ford to join his band and become ''his'' girlfriend solely as a power move, later sending a letter to Joe explaining that he could have Ford back and that he was done with her. Tex, in response, recorded the scathing "You Keep Her" -- calling out James and his letter by name in the very first verse, claiming that he'd made Bea the woman she was, and that "man, she belongs to you" now (essentially, saying 'you deserve each other'). Brown, now absolutely furious, armed himself with twin shotguns, burst into a gig Tex was opening for Otis Redding, and began blasting into the walls and ceiling, terrifying everyone... except Joe Tex, who had already finished his set and left by then.[[note]]Rather than a straight A-to-B path like the recreation indicates, Joe Tex had also parodied Brown's "Please, Please, Please" cape routine that night, getting tangled up in a moth-eaten blanket and yelling "Please, please get me out of this thing!". Accounts vary as to whether Brown heard about it from someone at the club and drove over, or was ''in the audience'' at the time and left to go get his guns -- but either way, [[ItsPersonal Joe making fun of Brown as a performer and showman, hitting him in his ego, was a bridge too far]].[[/note]]

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** Townes Van Zandt somehow wrangled a spot for Blaze Foley at the Kerrville Folk Festival, run by the notoriously grouchy and traditional Rod Kennedy, who always demanded artists be on their best behavior (an act could get banned for a couple of years just for swearing on stage, for example). Blaze decided this was a good venue for [[TheVillainSucksSong "Springtime in Uganda"]], a protest song about how Idi Amin eats people, has syphilis, and is "an awful shithead" who needs to die. It was not, and Blaze was banned ''for life''.
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At the height of James Brown and rival soul singer Joe Tex's public feud, Brown charmed Tex's backup singer and ex-wife Bea Ford to join his band and become ''his'' girlfriend solely as a power move, later sending a letter to Joe explaining that he could have Ford back and that he was done with her. Tex, in response, recorded the scathing "You Keep Her" -- calling out James and his letter by name in the very first verse, claiming that he'd made Bea the woman she was, and that "man, she belongs to you" now (essentially, saying 'you deserve each other'). Brown, now absolutely furious, armed himself with twin shotguns, burst into a gig Tex was opening for Otis Redding, and began blasting into the walls and ceiling, terrifying everyone... except Joe Tex, who had already finished his set and left by then.[[note]]Rather than a straight A-to-B path like the recreation indicates, Joe Tex had also parodied Brown's "Please, Please, Please" cape routine that night, getting tangled up in a moth-eaten blanket and yelling "Please, please get me out of this thing!". Accounts vary as to whether Brown heard about it from someone at the club and drove over, or was ''in the audience'' at the time and left to go get his guns -- but either way, [[ItsPersonal Joe making fun of Brown as a performer and showman, hitting him in his ego, was a bridge too far]].[[/note]]


* DuctTapeForEverything: Blaze Foley apparently believed in this and then some.

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* DuctTapeForEverything: Blaze Foley apparently believed in this and then some.some; it started out as him making fun of the urban cowboy trend by using duct tape to imitate city slickers' expensive silver boot-tips, but soon he had a new hobby making anything and everything with the stuff, sticking it all over his guitar and making an entire suit out of it. At his funeral, his friends covered his casket in duct tape to give him a proper sendoff.



** A rare double-subversion in Waylon Jennings. One night before a gig in Fresno, Hoss handed his drummer Richie Albright two separate, nearly identical packets, one with white powder and one with grayish powder, and told him to keep them safe; unable to see much distinction and thinking it was unnecessary to use two baggies, Richie put them together, not knowing he'd just mixed "Atlanta Dog" (PCP and heroin) with Peruvian cocaine. After they both took a few bumps in Fresno and hit the stage, Albright was soon all over the place, hallucinating his drumsticks were "Z"-shaped, and Jennings was lying down on a table in his dressing room, not knowing what he was reacting to and scared he was having a heart attack. As soon as his son told him ''what'' he'd taken, however, he quickly regained his composure, stood up, staggered out on stage again... [[RealityEnsues and proceeded to play one of the worse shows of his career, because he was still incredibly high on three different, conflicting drugs]].

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** A rare double-subversion in Waylon Jennings. One night before a gig in Fresno, Hoss handed his drummer Richie Albright two separate, nearly identical packets, one with white powder and one with grayish powder, and told him to keep them safe; unable to see much distinction and thinking it was unnecessary to use two baggies, Richie put them together, not knowing he'd just mixed "Atlanta Dog" (PCP and heroin) with Peruvian cocaine. After they both took a few bumps in Fresno and hit the stage, Albright was soon all over the place, hallucinating his drumsticks were "Z"-shaped, and Jennings was lying down on a table in his dressing room, not knowing what he was reacting to and scared he was having a heart attack. As soon as his son told him ''what'' he'd taken, however, he quickly regained his composure, stood up, staggered out on stage again... [[RealityEnsues and proceeded to play one of the worse worst shows of his career, because he was still incredibly high on three different, conflicting drugs]].


** A rare double-subversion in Waylon Jennings. One night before a gig in Fresno, Hoss handed his drummer Richie Albright two separate, nearly identical packets, one with white powder and one with grayish powder, and told them to keep safe; unable to see much distinction and thinking it was unnecessary to use two baggies, Richie put them together, not knowing he'd just mixed "Atlanta Dog" (PCP and heroin) with Peruvian cocaine. After they both took a few bumps in Fresno and hit the stage, Albright was soon all over the place, hallucinating his drumsticks were "Z"-shaped, and Jennings was lying down on a table in his dressing room, not knowing what he was reacting to and scared he was having a heart attack. As soon as his son told him ''what'' he'd taken, however, he quickly regained his composure, stood up, staggered out on stage again... [[RealityEnsues and proceeded to play one of the worse shows of his career, because he was still incredibly high on three different, conflicting drugs]].

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** A rare double-subversion in Waylon Jennings. One night before a gig in Fresno, Hoss handed his drummer Richie Albright two separate, nearly identical packets, one with white powder and one with grayish powder, and told them him to keep them safe; unable to see much distinction and thinking it was unnecessary to use two baggies, Richie put them together, not knowing he'd just mixed "Atlanta Dog" (PCP and heroin) with Peruvian cocaine. After they both took a few bumps in Fresno and hit the stage, Albright was soon all over the place, hallucinating his drumsticks were "Z"-shaped, and Jennings was lying down on a table in his dressing room, not knowing what he was reacting to and scared he was having a heart attack. As soon as his son told him ''what'' he'd taken, however, he quickly regained his composure, stood up, staggered out on stage again... [[RealityEnsues and proceeded to play one of the worse shows of his career, because he was still incredibly high on three different, conflicting drugs]].


* IntoxicationEnsues: As James Brown was a strict disciplinarian and didn't allow his band to get high before shows, Bootsy and the guys would crush up two or three tablets of Orange Sunshine (which was pretty potent as far as LSD went) and dissolve them in a smoothie, then pass it around taking a sip each to hide the fact that they were using; one night, James suddenly came in, innocently asked Bootsie to give him the cup, and ''drank the whole thing'' before going on stage. Brown spent the entire set [[MushroomSamba high as a kite]], including inventing a new "dance" called "The Moon" (putting your arms up over your head in a circle, then slowly and deliberately turning your head from side to side).

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** A rare double-subversion in Waylon Jennings. One night before a gig in Fresno, Hoss handed his drummer Richie Albright two separate, nearly identical packets, one with white powder and one with grayish powder, and told them to keep safe; unable to see much distinction and thinking it was unnecessary to use two baggies, Richie put them together, not knowing he'd just mixed "Atlanta Dog" (PCP and heroin) with Peruvian cocaine. After they both took a few bumps in Fresno and hit the stage, Albright was soon all over the place, hallucinating his drumsticks were "Z"-shaped, and Jennings was lying down on a table in his dressing room, not knowing what he was reacting to and scared he was having a heart attack. As soon as his son told him ''what'' he'd taken, however, he quickly regained his composure, stood up, staggered out on stage again... [[RealityEnsues and proceeded to play one of the worse shows of his career, because he was still incredibly high on three different, conflicting drugs]].
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As James Brown was a strict disciplinarian and didn't allow his band to get high before shows, Bootsy and the guys would crush up two or three tablets of Orange Sunshine (which was pretty potent as far as LSD went) and dissolve them in a smoothie, then pass it around taking a sip each to hide the fact that they were using; one using. One night, James suddenly came in, innocently asked Bootsie to give him the cup, and ''drank the whole thing'' before going on stage. stage; Brown spent the entire set [[MushroomSamba high as a kite]], including inventing a new "dance" called "The Moon" (putting your arms up over your head in a circle, then slowly and deliberately turning your head from side to side).side to mimic the moon's phases).


* BadassMoustache: Blaze Foley. James Brown's moustache was also quite nice, but marked the beginning of a DorkAge for his music (specifically, dabbling in disco).

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* FollowTheLeader[[invoked]]:
** Joanne [=McDuffie=] claims this wasn't the idea behind Rick James spinning off his backup singers, the Mary Jane Girls, into an all-girl act to compete with Prince, as both he and his nemesis had intended to create their own female groups for a while and actually might've inspired Prince to beat him to the punch with Vanity / Apollonia 6. It was, however, ''very'' much the case with Process and the Doo Rags, Rick's answer to The Time.[[note]]Ironically, what doesn't get mentioned in the show is that after leaving The Time behind, a newly independent Morris Day signed Cheri Wells, formerly of the MJG, to sing lead vocals in The Day Z's, the short-lived girl group ''he'' was producing, bringing it full-circle.[[/note]]
** As James Brown's career began to lose momentum and his dominance of the charts gave way to new, younger artists, he began to consciously chase the disco trend, starting in the mid-'70s with ''Sex Machine Today'' (featuring an updated version of a song which by then wasn't even five years old). It arguably reached its nadir with "The Original Disco Man", a song alleging that since the new genre came out of R&B and funk, and Brown was the original pioneering King of both, [[WereStillRelevantDammit he was in fact MORE hip and with-it than anybody else when it came to disco]][[invoked]]... in other words, the original disco man.
-->'''Tony Cook:''' He said, ''[Imitating Brown]'' "Tony and Melvin [Parker], I want you to play that disco beat -- play it on ''everything!'' Play it here, this -- ''[Mimes disco drum pattern]'' -- play it on EVERYTHING!" So, that's what we tried to do. Of course, that didn't work out so well, you know.


* UnreliableNarrator: Every episode opens with a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer that the stories being told happened decades ago, and that most of the people recounting them were at the time partaking in "illicit and controlled substances" that have since made the memories "hazy".

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Every episode opens with a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer that the stories being told happened decades ago, and that most of the people recounting them were at the time partaking in "illicit and controlled substances" that have since made the memories "hazy"."hazy".
** Of course, even relatively recent events are subject to this. Such as Billy Joe Shaver's 2007 shooting incident, which was only a decade or so old at the time of his episode. When recalling the story, Shaver claims the man he popped had a gun and shot at him 3 times. Judge quickly cuts in to state the police report, several eyewitnesses and the legal arguments later all showed he only had a knife.


* GrievousBottleyHarm: While he and his crew were partying in a hotel bar down South, one of the locals "let off the N-word" while looking at Rick James, if not addressing him; tempers flared, words were had, and suddenly Rick grabs a bottle and tries to break it off into a stabbing weapon. Because beer bottles are a lot more solid in real life than the movies, it stays completely intact.

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* GrievousBottleyHarm: While he and his crew were partying in a hotel bar down South, one of the locals "let off the N-word" while looking at Rick James, if not addressing him; tempers flared, words were had, both parties started yelling at each other, and suddenly Rick grabs grabbed a bottle and tries tried to break it off into a stabbing weapon. weapon, either for intimidation purposes or to actually hurt someone. Because beer bottles are a lot more solid in real life than the movies, it stays stayed completely intact.



* TheNapoleon: Prince. Since most of the anecdotes featuring him at parties or social events occur before 1986, he's [[FunnyBackgroundEvent always shown being flanked by his bodyguard at the time]] -- "Big Chick", a 6-foot-6 (1.6m) goliath with long, permed platinum-blonde hair and beard.

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Prince. Since most of the anecdotes featuring him at parties or social events occur before 1986, he's [[FunnyBackgroundEvent always shown being flanked by his bodyguard at the time]] -- "Big Chick", a 6-foot-6 (1.6m) goliath with long, permed platinum-blonde hair and beard.


* ControlFreak: '''James. Brown.''' Prince was no slouch in this regard either, though he's OutOfFocus for the episodes that feature him.

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'''James. Brown.''' If you so much as flubbed a note, he'd fine you out of your pay, and if he smelled anything even a little recreational on you, you'd instantly be out of the band. Despite all of his rules, Brown didn't spend that much time being present to micromanage his band -- in part because he flew in luxury while his backing musicians (except sometimes the drummers, which he needed "fresh") took the tour bus, and in part because nobody in the band liked making small talk with him and would duck him any chance they could.
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Prince was no slouch in this regard either, regard, either; though he's the rest of his music empire is OutOfFocus for the and mentioned only sparingly in any episodes that feature him.him, half of the Morris Day episode is about Prince and Morris clashing because of his complete and absolute control over everything The Time did.



** Billy Joe Shaver's similar aggravated assault trial hit a snag because Billy Joe had given his friend Dale Weston permission to write a ballad about it, and the song had been receiving local airplay, making it harder for the defense to challenge the evidence against him.[[note]]Multiple witnesses also all claimed Shaver told the man "where do you want it" before firing, despite Billy Joe's own shocked denial -- so Weston either picked it up while researching the case, or Billy Joe told Dale himself, then ''forgot'' he said it, which wasn't out of the question.[[/note]] At another point, when asked by the prosecutor if he could've just walked away from the fight and not taken the man's bait, he replied, "[[EverythingIsBigInTexas Ma'am, I'm from Texas]] -- [[HonorBeforeReason I ain't no chickenshit."]] Amazingly, unlike Paycheck, Shaver got off not guilty.

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** Billy Joe Shaver's similar aggravated assault trial hit a snag because Billy Joe had given his friend Dale Weston permission to write a ballad about it, and the song had been receiving local airplay, making it harder for the defense to challenge the evidence against him.[[note]]Multiple witnesses also all claimed Shaver told the man "where do you want it" before firing, despite Billy Joe's own shocked denial -- so Weston either picked it up while researching the case, or Billy Joe told Dale himself, then ''forgot'' he said it, which wasn't out of the question.[[/note]] At another point, when asked by the prosecutor if he could've just walked away from the fight and not taken the man's bait, he replied, "[[EverythingIsBigInTexas Ma'am, I'm from Texas]] -- [[HonorBeforeReason I ain't no chickenshit."]] chickenshit]]." Amazingly, unlike Paycheck, Shaver got off not guilty.

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