Japanese JB Juxtaposition Jamboree
July 28, 2007 8:08 PM   Subscribe

(First link really kicks in at 2:24)
posted by Burhanistan at 8:08 PM on July 28, 2007

A whole less than the two parts for me. James Brown without his soul? That's just some guy shouting about looking at cakes.

I think I'll stick with Señor Coconut for my Kraftwerk soul in not a Kraftwerk form.
posted by False Jesii Inc. at 8:27 PM on July 28, 2007 [1 favorite]

The James link (Give It Up or Turn It Loose): not bad for the first 45 seconds or so, it has a likeable minimalness, the singer does a reasonably good soul shout, sort of, and that little index-finger-plays-morse-code bit a nice touch. But boredom creeps in. Then when they take it to the bridge... well, they don't, that's the problem. They stumble and lurch into the bridge. The drummer rushes his fill, they muck up the groove, and they lose whatever pocket they had. And in that telling moment they lose credibility. If you can't nail that kind of shit, don't mess with it.

Shoulda turned it loose before they even started.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:46 PM on July 28, 2007 [1 favorite]

last video = one youtube star
posted by clyde at 9:41 PM on July 28, 2007

I think I'll stick with Señor Coconut for my Kraftwerk soul in not a Kraftwerk form.

Or alternatively, Lassigue Bendthaus/LB (another Uwe Schmidt pseudonym) did the whole digital-James Brown thing a while ago, and did it much, much better. The main problem with these guys is that they're boring as all hell... the kiss of death for anyone attempting to fool around with either James Brown or Kraftwerk.
posted by 40 Watt at 9:46 PM on July 28, 2007

Don't forget Bill Bailey
posted by quarsan at 10:38 PM on July 28, 2007 [1 favorite]

posted by vronsky at 1:06 AM on July 29, 2007

That the lamest JB cover ever. Not just that; it's bad all over. It's unmusical and poorly executed. The worst sin is that the drummer sucks, utterly. At least if there's a solid groove, folks can have something to shake their asses to. Usually, the saving grace of the worst shit punk band is that at least the drummer rocks. This is not the case here.
posted by wsg at 2:36 AM on July 29, 2007

posted by BrotherCaine at 3:44 AM on July 29, 2007

posted by vronsky at 4:30 AM on July 29, 2007

Extra marks to Bill Bailey for having the actor Kevin Eldon with him!

Eddie Murphy on James Brown.
posted by asok at 4:58 AM on July 29, 2007

Too stiff for my taste.
posted by homodigitalis at 5:14 AM on July 29, 2007

George Clinton and Kraftwerk in an elevator
posted by mkb at 8:43 AM on July 29, 2007

The Flying Lizards' version of "Sex Machine" is done waaaay better. An amusing idea, though, but, yeah. (AWESOME! Found a link to the mp3. I've got this on CD, but, yes. That doesn't help you so much. But THIS does!)
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 10:44 AM on July 29, 2007

This is pretty terrible, not only does it do JB no justice, it doesn't do Kraftwerk any justice either - the bit of Trans-Europ Express played at the start of the "Sex Machine" clip is way funkier than anything else here.
posted by pascal at 2:02 PM on July 29, 2007

If they would put the same amount of effort in to practicing with a metronome as they did for their suits this might be worthwhile. As it is - shitty, shitty band.
posted by mexican at 11:27 PM on July 29, 2007

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