James Brown / The James Brown Orchestra

I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I'll Get It Myself)

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James Brown recorded many sides that instilled self-pride and motivational concepts in his fans, with the most famous being the number one R&B/Top Ten pop classic "Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud." A perusal of his vast catalog would find another inspiring funk jam in "I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open up the Door, I'll Get It Myself)." Not heard in later years as much as some of the prolific singer/songwriter/producer's other tracks, the cut is definitely one of Brown's best, sporting not only one of his best lyrics but a crucial, dangerous funk groove that will get you up out of your seat if you still have a pulse. Written and produced by James Brown, "I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open up the Door, I'll Get It Myself)" went to number three R&B and number 20 pop in spring 1969. The quicksilver climb of the track pushed another of Brown's King Records singles, "You Got to Have a Mother for Me," back into the vaults. Later the singer re-recorded the song as "Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother for Me)," giving him a number one R&B, number 11 pop chart run in summer 1969.

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Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Star Time 1991 Polydor 5:59