THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
88-James Brown-Get Up(I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine.
1970-Number 32 single.
Best Bit-At 2.12.If you Google sex machine it brings up some very weird results,so my advice is to add the words James Brown,because this is a family friendly music countdown.
In March 1970 most of James Brown’s(see also best songs 880-349 and 270) mid to late 1960’s band walked out on him due to money disputes, although his longtime collaborator Bobby Byrd(see also best songs 561) remained at this time,two notable new recruits included the brothers Bootsy Collins and Phelps ‘Catfish’ Collins(see also best songs(850-612-340 and 143.)
‘Sex Machine’ was one of the first songs Brown recorded with his new band that were now known as the ‘J.B’s.’The song was another important step in the developing sound of ‘Funk’ music that James Brown and Bobby Bryd were helping to create.Sex Machine is a call and response song,Brown would sing his line and Byrd would respond.Towards the end of the song Brown sings ‘Shake Your Moneymaker,’this is a tribute to the Elmore James ‘Blues’ song from 1961.
Using the word sex in the song title was brave,no track up until then had ever charted on Billboard with the word sex in the title.The song is probably not about sex,but more to do with motivation and channelling all your energy into being the best at what you do.
‘Fellas,I’m ready to get up and do my thing.I wanna get into it man,you know like a,like a sex machine,man.’
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This is the highest placed James Brown song on this countdown.