James Brown's "Super Bad" was only the second recording of a local teenaged band called the Pacesetters, some of whose members would go on to become funk/pop stars in their own right. They'd back Cincinnati-based singers like Hank Ballard. The band included two brothers: bassist William "Bootsy" Collins and rhythm guitarist Phelps "Catfish" Collins. The duo became a part of the New Breed, who later became the JBs. They were joined by Brown regulars organist/vocalist Bobby Byrd and drummer Jabo Starks in Nashville's Starday/King Studios (where the Collins brothers had recorded another Brown hit, "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine") on June 30, 1970. Other musicians on the sessions were conga player Johnny Griggs and the horn section of tenor saxist Robert McCollough and trumpeters Clayton Gunnells and Darryl Jamison. The track's squealing sax solo has been akin to the frantic scrambling of a mound full of ants. Written and produced by James Brown, "Super Bad" held the R&B top spot for two weeks while going to number 13 pop in late 1970. It was the sole charting single from the Top Four R&B/Top 61 pop LP Super Bad.