James Brown

Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine

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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
40th Anniversary Collection 1996 Polydor 5:16