Thursday, July 2, 2009

ROCK Sex: James Brown> David Bowie> James Brown

ROCK Sex meets you again on the flipside.

Here's another example of one artist who inspires another artist who re-inspires the first artist, using the classic song "Fame".


James Brown upended the pop melody formula by perfecting purely rhythmic vamps into a new dance music called Funk. He emphasized driving beat, hypnotic length, and scratchy rhythm guitar:

JAMES -"THE PAYBACK (Part 1)" (1974)



DAVID BOWIE and John Lennon sparked the song "Fame" during an impromptu studio jam, built on a riff by guitarist Carlos Alomar. Carlos had toured with James Brown in '69 and the song is a sonic love letter, or payback, to James' style:

DAVID -"FAME" (1975)



James must've felt turnabout was fair play because he used that arrangement the following year:

JAMES -"HOT (I NEED TO BE LOVED, LOVED, LOVED)" (1976)

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