Friday, March 14, 2014

The James Brown Bioptic: Get On Up

Posted by on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 5:12 PM

The true life story of the hardest working man in show business Mr. James Brown, AKA the Godfather of Soul, is getting the Hollywood treatment this year as film called Get On Up. Have a gander at the newly released trailer...

Hmmm, well, the trailer looks alright. I bet the movie won't go THAT deep, but it'll prolly be square with the facts, and filled with all the well known incidents of Brown's life: hella splits, The Apollo, some mashed potatoes, the Flames, angel dust, rhythm and/or blues, wigs, and a LOT of sweat. Also, in the flim's favor, during the trailer's quick cuts, @2:34, I recognize a nod to Brown's little known acting debut, in the 1965 teen film Ski Party, where he has a few lines and lip synced "I Feel Good!" That is cool.

Film due out August 1st, 2014


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Fred Casely 1
Bioptics are okay, but I hear monocled are all the rage these days.
Posted by Fred Casely on March 14, 2014 at 5:41 PM · Report this
Fred Casely 2
How embarradding for me.
Posted by Fred Casely on March 14, 2014 at 5:56 PM · Report this
sirkowski 3
Are we gonna see him beating his wife?
Posted by sirkowski on March 14, 2014 at 6:47 PM · Report this
Are we going to also see him act verbally abusive toward his musicians and use PCP?
Posted by neo-realist on March 14, 2014 at 6:53 PM · Report this
Hard to believe it today, but no one had heard heard anything like Brown's revolutionary 1965 breakout hit, "Papa's Got A Brand new Bag" - especially white kids who took it to the top of the pop charts. The short, two minute 45rpm single introduced a brand new bag indeed. But the groove was only getting started when it ends with a faded outro at barely 2 minutes.
What most still haven't heard is the FULL studio take also called "Parts 1, 2, & 3" - at least 10 years ahead of its time and arguably considered one of the first true recordings of what later would be called funk.…
Posted by Jim Detwiler on March 14, 2014 at 7:20 PM · Report this
@5, apparently you aren't old enough to have listened to what they then called "race records" in the 50s.
Posted by sarah70 on March 14, 2014 at 7:43 PM · Report this
"Are we gonna see him beating his wife?"

Which one? He beat all three.
Posted by I feel good on March 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM · Report this
@6 I'm not only old enough, I've got quite a collection.
But it wasn't a singular form - black artists didn't all do the same thing - and race records represented a wide variety of styles from Little Richard to Big Mama Thornton… and many, many others.
Brown distinguished himself by creating a truly original and unique sound built around a relentless emphases on the downbeat - on "one" - that became the mold for the 70's funk craze that followed.

Posted by Jim Detwiler on March 14, 2014 at 9:48 PM · Report this
"Stay on the scene
Get on up
Like a sex machine"

Great song.
Posted by westello on March 14, 2014 at 9:52 PM · Report this

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