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November 16, 2006

He Felt Good

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Remember how impressed everyone was when Michael Jackson moonwalked? Well, children, here's a little history lesson. Slick and most-excellent though MJ's move was, back in the 1960s Mr. James Brown could moonwalk in four different dimensions, and at warp speed.




posted by Michael at November 16, 2006


Also be sure to check out this blazin' show too, with a bit of social chaos thrown in.

At the whole other end of the seriousness spectrum, here's a Charles Bronson commercial I just can't stop watching. And the comment thread may even be funnier than the vid!

While we're at it, here's pizza-making with Scorsese's mother, a compilation of Hitchcock's cameos, a visit from the Nairobi Trio, Buster Keaton being directed by Samuel Beckett of all people, Thelonious Monk playing Ellington, and the greatest Beethoven concert of all time. (Really.)

Ah, Youtube! Is there nothing you can't do?

Posted by: Brian on November 17, 2006 6:25 AM

About 1995 I saw the "Godfather of Soul" walking down a concourse at LAX. But walking isn't really what he was doing - it was about half dance. He is a very small man, but with that snappy dance-walk and his giant grin he lit the place up. People just stopped and smiled and it cheered you up just to see him boogie by.

I think that was just before he went to prison.

I have a "Best of J.B." CD I keep in the car. Anytime I need to get perked up I play "Get on the Good Foot" and when I need to get to R&B roots I play "In a Cold Sweat."

Posted by: Reid Farmer on November 17, 2006 11:30 AM

Cover that man with a cloak!

Posted by: ricpic on November 17, 2006 7:39 PM

The James Brown stuff is truly great. Of course, a more direct and acknowledged Michael Jackon influence was the magnificent Jackie Wilson, whose performances can be sampled here and here

Brian – thanks for the Nairobi Trio clip. Ernie Kovacs was one of the most inventive and subversive comedians who ever lived.

Posted by: Alec on November 17, 2006 10:41 PM

Lot of white folk in the crowd. I don't think you see so many white peeps at a DMX concert or whatever the pop equivalent (not necesarily talent equivalent) of James Brown is nowadays.

Posted by: phil on November 18, 2006 9:44 AM

Lot of white folk in the crowd. I don't think you see so many white peeps at a DMX concert or whatever the pop equivalent (not necesarily talent equivalent) of James Brown is nowadays.

Posted by phil at November 18, 2006
A good observation though a depressing one. I remember growing up in Memphis in the 60s where you would go to R&B shows and the crowd would be about 60/40 black to white, and pretty much 50/50 for mixed race bands like Booker T and the MGs. And it was inside-out for hard-core old Blues artists like Furry Lewis, Bukka White, or Sleepy John Estes - white people were about the only ones who would go to see them play.

The self-segregation of rock and R&B over the last 30 years is a sad story

Posted by: Reid Farmer on November 19, 2006 11:20 AM

You couldn't be more wrong. Rap shows are almost half white.

Posted by: non on November 28, 2006 11:47 PM

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