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James Brown

Sex Machine

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“Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine” (usually known as just “Sex Machine”) is a funk song recorded by James Brown in 1970 and released as a two-part single on King Records. (Brown’s Sex Machine double album, also released in 1970, contains a different, 11-minute-long performance of the song rather than the version released as a single.) “Sex Machine” was one of the first songs Brown recorded with his new band, The J.B.‘s. In comparison with his 1960s funk hits such as “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” and “Cold Sweat”, it is notable for the de-emphasis of the horn section. Instead, the song centers on the insistent riff played by brothers Bootsy and Catfish Collins on bass and guitar and Jabo Starks on drums, along with the call and response interplay between... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Get up, (get on up ... Shake your money maker ... Stay on the scene, (get on up), like a sex machine, (get on up

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This song is listed #326 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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