James Brown

Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine

Composed by Bobby Byrd / James Brown / Ron Lenhoff

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"Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine" is not only one of James Brown's best cuts, it also served as the recording debut as members of his band of the brother duo of bassist William "Bootsy" Collins and rhythm guitarist Phelps "Catfish" Collins. The story is almost legendary of how Brown's previous band had quit just before the singer was to perform on-stage. With no rehearsals at all, the Collins brothers were hastily offered a 250-dollar-a-week salary as the audience grew increasingly restless. Brown took the teenagers into Nashville's Starday/King Studios during April 1970. The result was "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine" sitting at number two R&B for three weeks and going to number 15 pop in summer 1970. Brown, the Collins brothers, and the rest of the band would return to Nashville to record "Super Bad," a number one R&B/number 13 pop smash in late 1970. The Top Four R&B/Top 29 pop LP Sex Machine also included the number two R&B/Top 32 pop hit "Brother Rapp."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
It's a Man's Man's Man's World 1966 Universe / Universe 4:19
Sex Machine 1970 Polydor 10:48
Revolution of the Mind 1971 Polydor 5:05
No Image 1977 Polydor
Hot on the One 1980 Spectrum Music 10:18
No Image 1981 Audio Fidelity
No Image 1986 Sony Music Distribution
Soul Jubilee 1990 Magnum (UK) / MagMid
Star Time 1991 Polydor 5:15
20 All-Time Greatest Hits! 1991 Polydor 5:13
No Image 1991 Polygram
Love Power Peace 1992 Polydor 8:45
Rhythm & Blues: 1970 1992
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
At Studio 54 1994 Charly Records 6:37
Sex in the Seventies 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 5:16
Funk Classics: The 70's 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 2:52
The Best of Charly Groove [2 CD] 1995
Various Artists
Charly Records 6:35
Old School Friday [Original Soundtrack] 1995
Original Soundtrack
Priority Records / Priority 5:15
Live at the Apollo 1995 1995 Sbme Special Mkts. 5:15
Friday [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1995
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Priority 5:17
Funk Power 1970: A Brand New Thang 1996 Polydor 5:16
40th Anniversary Collection 1996 Polydor 5:16
James Brown's Golden Classics 1997 Intercontinental Records 4:17
Greatest Hits from the 70's 1997
Various Artists
Prime Cuts 4:20
Hit Songs from the 70's [Deuce] 1997
Various Artists
Deuce 4:20
Golden Soul Hits 1997
Various Artists
Galaxy Music 4:12
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Get Dancin' 1998
Various Artists
Double Play Records 4:18
Great Voice of Soul [Rivie're Int'l] 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records
The Great Voice of Soul [Cleopatra] 1998
Various Artists
Cleopatra 5:57
Disco Nights, Vol. 11: Leading Men 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 5:15
Gold Collection [Fine Tune] 1998 Retro Music 6:40
Hot on the Highway 1998
Various Artists
4:18
Blues & Soul Bible 1998
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill
Soul Decade of the 70's 1998
Various Artists
Soul Disciples 4:18
Sex Machine [Masters] 1998 Intercontinental Records 4:12
Masters [Cleopatra] 1999 EDM Entertainment 6:36
Prisoner of Love [Madacy] 1999 Madacy 4:17
The Godfather Live in New York City 1999 Dressed To Kill 6:45
On Stage 1999 Charly Records 6:37
The Great Soul Classics 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 5:57
Monster Funk Party 1999
Various Artists
Relativity 2:49
Live at Studio 54 1999 Pazzazz 6:37
Millennium Dance Party Mix 1999
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 5:15
Best Disco Album in the World...Ever!, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:47
Great James Brown [Platinum Disc] 2000 Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 6:37
Soul Monty 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 5:56
Millennium Dance Party: Chicago-The Beat 103.5 2000
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 5:15
The Essential Cult Movies [9 Disc Box] 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 5:56
JB (Best of the Best) 2000 Pony Canyon Records 3:41
Great Live 2000 Goldies 6:36
Soul Connections [Boxsets] 2000
Various Artists
Boxsets 4:19
Speculum Vitæ: Lieder for Soprano and Organ or Piano 2000
Various Artists
5:18
All Funked up, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 6:38
The Funk Box 2000
Various Artists
Hip-O 5:17
Black Box [BMG International] 2000
Various Artists
BMG International 6:22
Millennium Dance Party: Magic 102 - Dallas 2000
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 5:15
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 2:52
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag [Goldies] 2001 Goldies 6:46
Totally Funk: The Essential Funk Album 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:53
The Legends Collection: The James Brown Collection 2001 Legends Collection 6:40
Funk Soul USA 2001
Various Artists
Goldenlane / Cleopatra 4:15
Soul Love, Vol. 1 [Dressed to Kill] 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 5:57
Funkology 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 5:16
The James Brown Collection, Vol. 2 2001 Dressed To Kill 6:40
Celebrate! 2002
Various Artists
Polygram 2:50
The Blues & Soul, Vol. 2: 1970-1971 2002
Various Artists
Connoisseur 5:04
The Best of Soul [Boxsets 2002] 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:19
Solid Gold Funk 2002
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:17
Out of Sight: Greatest Hits 2002 Universal International 5:17
The Godfather: The Very Best Of... 2002 Universal Distribution / Universal (Pty) Ltd. / Universal Music TV / Universal TV Campaign Division 5:18
Super Bad: Live 2002 Orpheus Records 4:18
Twogether Funk 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:25
Original Funk Soul Brother [2002] 2002 Recall (UK) 6:37
James Brown Ultimate Remixes 2002 Universal Distribution 5:30
Gold Funk and Soul 2003
Various Artists
Cleopatra 4:15
Absolument 70: International 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:50
Friends Reunited: 42 Classroom Classics from the 80's 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 5:16
Ultimate Collection 2003 Universal Distribution 5:17
It's a Man's World 2003 Polydor 5:05
Greatest Soul on Earth 2003 Fuel 2000 6:39
Respect: The Soul Generation Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 5:15
The Soul Man: 16 Kings of Solid Gold Soul 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel 5:54
Gold Collection: Solid Gold Soul 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:13
Funk Explosion 2004
Various Artists
Koch 5:07
Flares: Feel Good Funk 'N' Disco 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 3:22
Give It Up or Turn It Loose 2004 Pazzazz 6:37
Pure Soul [Crimson] 2004
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 5:18
Funk Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 5:19
Best of Soul: Four Tops/Temptations/Smokey Robinson 2005
Various Artists
Prime Cuts 4:21
Funk Hits 2005
Various Artists
Double Play Records 4:22
Sex Machine: The Very Best of James Brown 2006 Polydor
Disky Friends Reunited 1970 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:52
To Go: Stick It in Your Ear 2006 Polydor 2:51
Living in America: The Best of James Brown 2007 Sony BMG / Zomba 5:15
Godfather of Soul [Madacy] 2007 Madacy 4:41
No Image 2007 Polydor / Universal Music
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Brunswick / Universal
Top of the Pops 1970 2007
Various Artists
EMI 5:17
Godfather of Soul, Disc 3 2007 Madacy 4:41
Cold Sweat Live 2008 Goldenlane / Cleopatra 4:13
Top of the Pops Collection [43 CD] 2008
Various Artists
EMI
No Image 2009 Spectrum/Polydor 5:17
The Godfather's Smackdown 2009 Fuel 2000 / Varèse Sarabande 4:51
Disco Fever 2010
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 5:16
Salut Les Copains, Vol. 3: 1969-1976 2010
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music 5:16
Get on Up: The James Brown Story [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2014 Polydor
Lovely Days, Vol. 2
Various Artists
5:18
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