Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine

James Brown

Song Review by Ed Hogan

"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
Star Time 1991 Polydor 5:15
Funk Classics: The 70's 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 2:52
Old School Friday [Original Soundtrack] 1995
Original Soundtrack
Priority Records 5:15
Funk Power 1970: A Brand New Thang 1996 Polydor 10:31
40th Anniversary Collection 1996 Polydor 5:16
Disco's Leading Men: Disco Nights, Vol. 11 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Disco Nights, Vol. 11: Leading Men 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 5:15
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
Soul Connections [Boxsets] 2000
Various Artists
Boxsets 4:19
Speculum Vitæ: Lieder for Soprano and Organ or Piano 2000
Various Artists
Cavalli 5:18
The Funk Box 2000
Various Artists
Hip-O 5:17
Funk Blast! 2000
Various Artists
Experience Music Project
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 2:52
Funkology 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 5:16
Funk Classics 2001
Various Artists
Rebound Records
Celebrate! 2002
Various Artists
Polygram 2:50
Solid Gold Funk 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:17
Respect: The Soul Generation Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 5:15
70's Funk Classics 2004 Universal Special Products / PSM 0:00
Funk Hits 2005
Various Artists
Double Play Records 4:22
Don't Think. Feel!: SHM-CD Compilation Rock/Soul/Blues Edition
Various Artists
Universal Music 5:18
Lovely Days, Vol. 2
Various Artists
5:18