Last Man Standing: In Praise of…a Hundred Things Represented in This Clip Posted by Mr. Moderator Apr 232020 Let’s list them, Last Man Standing style! But remember, don’t bogart this thread: only one entry per post, please. 27 Responses to “Last Man Standing: In Praise of…a Hundred Things Represented in This Clip” Mr. Moderator says: 04/23/2020 at 10:12 am I’ll kick this off, if you don’t remember how this goes: The mustache looming behind the presenter’s left arm, at the start of this clip. 0 High Five BigSteve says: 04/23/2020 at 10:27 am 19 year old Bootsy Collins. 2 High Five BigSteve says: 04/23/2020 at 10:28 am Having two drummers, and one of them sits there grooving but never playing. 1 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 04/23/2020 at 10:34 am James’ jumpsuit, complete with that ring pull for the zipper. I had a wide-collared hippie shirt as a little kid that had a ring pull for the zipper. 0 High Five andyr says: 04/23/2020 at 10:42 am James’ mad keyboard skills 1 High Five cherguevarra says: 04/23/2020 at 11:21 am The guys get shirts! (Or belted tunics.) 1 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 04/23/2020 at 11:51 am I love the way all the guitarists play with their necks pointed high. That’s a lost art, probably opening up added space for choreographed dance steps. I may try to learn that – the high-angled neck style, not the dance steps. 1 High Five geo says: 04/23/2020 at 3:05 pm The continuous slide up the keyboard over to the mic to end the piano solo. 0 High Five geo says: 04/23/2020 at 3:38 pm I saw JB twice in the early-90’s at the Valley Forge Music Hall on the revolving stage. The first time, the show was incredible, tight, funky, grinding out hit after hit. The second time, about a year later, the show was incredible for entirely different reasons. The band still sounded great but James was wickedly perverse. He did a 25 minute, I shit you not, organ solo introduction to “It’s a Man’s World,” with his female backup singer doing interpretive hand movements for the duration. She was a large woman and she might’ve lost 20 pounds as this went on for far longer that anybody but James anticipated. The show ran overtime and the last number, some stomping groover like “Cold Sweat” had multiple false stops with long interspersed monologues about visiting the troops in Viet Nam, over endless vamps. He’d yell out the names of various VN cities, “Saigon, DaNang, Hue,” as he yelled American cities on his records. Meanwhile, a stage manager from the venue, clearly very pissed off, stood right in James’ line of vision, glaring. James would bring the tune to a halt, look right at the guy…and 1, 2, 3, launch back into it. Over and over. 1 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 04/23/2020 at 3:48 pm The little dance interlude beginning around the 2:00 mark. 0 High Five al says: 04/23/2020 at 3:55 pm The dangling tongue of James’s belt. I saw James once, in 1985, a concert that ranks up there with one of the best I’ve ever attended. More like Geo’s first. Started off with Maceo walking around the venue (a 2000 seat theater) for the instrumental bits before James came out. I had an aisle seat and he stopped next to me for a few bars. No particular reason that should have been so thrilling – but it was 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 04/23/2020 at 4:32 pm I saw him in a fairly small club (maybe 400 people) in Chicago, in 1982, right before he had his “Living in America” hit. He was excellent. We were all packed in and dancing. 0 High Five Happiness Stan says: 04/23/2020 at 5:25 pm I didn’t bother to go and see him when he played at Glastonbury, it was hot and I was tired. I know you can’t do everything, but that was a bit feeble, really. 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 04/23/2020 at 6:04 pm The tall trumpet player facing us, on the right, does wonderful trumpet spins and hips shakes. 0 High Five al says: 04/23/2020 at 9:34 pm It’s 1971, it’s Italy, and the place is packed with white people in suits to see James Brown! You use to hear that James Brown was one of the most popular people in the world. That seemed hard to believe – until you see something like this. 1 High Five Telegasm says: 04/23/2020 at 10:16 pm yeah the crowd struck me too – like a flashback to one of those pre-Kennedy basball games with the cigar smoking fans all wearing suits and fedoras and 40 year old players in wool uniforms. Them Italians came around and done right by the end tho… 1 High Five BigSteve says: 04/23/2020 at 11:26 pm The standing ovation at the end is really great. 0 High Five BigSteve says: 04/23/2020 at 11:27 pm I like the victory lap James takes before he walks off with his jacket over his shoulder. 0 High Five BigSteve says: 04/23/2020 at 11:28 pm The great Bobby Byrd. 0 High Five BigSteve says: 04/23/2020 at 11:29 pm I can’t believe no one has mentioned the tireless gogo dancer. 0 High Five ladymisskirroyale says: 04/23/2020 at 11:31 pm There is literally something amazing to see at all times in that clip. And that when James walks off, he has a jacket, not a cape, over his shoulder. 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 04/24/2020 at 9:09 am BigSteve, the only reason I didn’t mention the tireless dancer is so that I could quote some high-and-mighty viewer on YouTube who had to sniff and tell some other people commenting there, “That woman ‘back there’ has a name,,,Miss Ann Norman……” She is awesome! 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 04/24/2020 at 9:10 am When he begins to walk over to the piano around 3:30, is he actually calling for himself, “James, piano!”? 1 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 04/24/2020 at 9:15 am How about that shrapnel guitar break about 7:50 in? 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 04/24/2020 at 9:47 am If you can’t get enough, there’s more… https://youtu.be/HIvrfWGGSwU 0 High Five Telegasm says: 04/25/2020 at 1:15 am I’ma have to do some research – I know that Fela met James Brown when he was in the states to do what is now known as the ’69 sessions, but this show is straight outta Kalakuta. From the instrumentation – double guitar, double drummers (give the drummer some), the massive horn section, right down to the funky keyboard break… Only thing missing was about 30 wives… 0 High Five diskojoe says: 04/25/2020 at 8:45 am A bit late to this, but I have to say that James has to be one of the best squealers that I’ve ever heard. His squeal in “Cold Sweat” still gives me the chills. Also, one of the joys of listening to old American Top 40 shows from 1970-74 is hearing a James Brown song, although I got a just a great thrill of hearing Bobby Womack’s “Looking for a Love” in the 4/22/1974 show this AM (the JB song that week was “The Payback”) 0 High Five Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.