Thursday, September 07, 2006

Talkin' loud (and sayin' nothin')

Let me state for the record that I am, like countless others, a long time fan of James Brown. His genre-defining, stripped down, minimalist funk always brings a smile to my face. The only reasons I've never gone to see the man perform are

1) The rarity that he tours the area
2) The prohibitive cost of the show when he does ($120 a ticket is simply ludicrous)

All this being said, he's also long provided me with entertainment (and indeed, some cause for concern), outside of his musical endeavors. Who can forget the shots of The Godfather Of Soul in prison attire, weeding outside the warden's office? Then again, I believe it was "weeding" or some such that got him there in the first place...

My point, however, is this: James is amazing; an accomplished, well-rounded musician. Remember, before the Funk, there was the Soul. Tracks like "Please, Please, Please", "Try Me", and "It's A Man's World" show that The Hardest Working Man In Show Business isn't just about shrieks and simple call-and-response.

(But he can still funk you up)

I've gone and said all this as a disclaimer, because I'm going to turn around and do this:

I came across yet another interview featuring James out of his mind on something (on "love", apparently). Not sure when this was shot, but it's pretty out there. I've also linked it to this great (and quite celebrated) mug shot for your additional amusement. So click the pic below for the funny.

(I'm a mean person)

"Will tour for drugs."

Stoned to the bone:

Final - Final 3
(hey, it's two discs, so it takes awhile)

Black Sabbath - Vol. 4
(or 1000 Homo DJs; you make the call)

Black Sun Empire - Cruel & Unusual
(because one day of BSE is not enough)

Nasum - Grind Finale
(maximum grind per square inch)

Louis Armstrong - Hot Fives And Sevens
(because Satchmo is the man)


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