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James Brown

Super Bad

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“Super Bad” is a 1970 James Brown song. Originally released as a three-part single, it went to number one on the soul singles chart and number 13 on the Hot 100. . The song’s lyrics include the refrain “I’ve got soul and I’m super bad.“ The positive use of the word “bad” is an example of linguistic reappropriation, which Brown had done before in “Say It Loud - I’m Black and I’m Proud”. The song includes a tenor saxophone solo by Robert McCollough, during which Brown yells “Blow me some Trane, brother!“ Brown re-recorded “Super Bad” for a 1971 album of the same name. Read on...

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Popular in Soul (See Charts): Man In The Mirror, On The Line, Music And Me, Fall Again, I'll Be There, It's A Man's Man's World, Stand By Me, I Got You (I Feel Good), (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay, and Upside Down.

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