Excellent James Brown comment where? April 4, 2008 7:45 AM   Subscribe

Where is the excellent comment about James Brown being constantly in the process of re-inventing James Brown?

I have looked, and haven't found, and it has been nagging me ever since I saw it and lost it, like there is something missing from my brain that needs to be there... It must have been in one of the "James Brown is dead" threads.

Please find it for me? I'll break a little piece off for the finder and the original author.
posted by Meatbomb to MetaFilter-Related at 7:45 AM (37 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Well, there's this, apparently from Rolling Stone originally.

And then there's this similar request from...oh. Hi again.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:50 AM on April 4, 2008


See how this has been eating me up cortex? It's all I ever think about.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:57 AM on April 4, 2008


Yes, that is it cortex. You are my hero.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:58 AM on April 4, 2008




Also, Brown was merely a conduit for The Funk. The Funk was reinventing Itself as It always has.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:01 AM on April 4, 2008 [4 favorites]


I'M OLD GREGG
posted by ludwig_van at 8:07 AM on April 4, 2008 [8 favorites]


As a sort of "hey, the internal search is awesome" PSA, I'll point out that I just did a search on james brown reinventing.

The Search: She Is Nice, Yes?
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:08 AM on April 4, 2008


Which now turns up that comment as well. Heh.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:08 AM on April 4, 2008


Next April 1st I'm going to post here asking if anyone remembers that excellent question that Meatbomb constantly asked about James Brown reinventing himself. Wait for it.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:23 AM on April 4, 2008


I'm looking forwarding to asking if anyone remembers who was planning to makethe April Fool's post about Meatbomb's James Brown obsession.
posted by dersins at 8:26 AM on April 4, 2008


By the time you ask I will have forgotten all about this, and your post will remind me "Hey, yeah, that's something I have been wanting to know since forever."
posted by Meatbomb at 8:29 AM on April 4, 2008


Wait, James Brown is dead?
posted by Diskeater at 8:33 AM on April 4, 2008


Clearly, cortex is the hardest working man on MetaFilter. I assume he will eventually collapse from exhaustion, and jessamyn will cover him with a cape.
posted by burnmp3s at 8:39 AM on April 4, 2008 [3 favorites]


Diskeater: James Brown is a platonic ideal - he can be no more dead than love, or hope, or time.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:42 AM on April 4, 2008 [6 favorites]


I cannot recommend enough: People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul (Remix) off the Motherload reissue album, you can get just that song from itunes and you've just spent 99 cents to supply yourself with 9 minutes and 5 seconds of the good good shit right there. It will make you dance.
posted by Divine_Wino at 8:55 AM on April 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


Seeing as how James Brown is continuously changing, even as a dead guy, would that not make this question infinitely relevant?
posted by pwally at 9:03 AM on April 4, 2008


James Brown is changing into a skeleton. Actually, he's always been a skeleton, he's just shedding the part of himself that kept us from realizing it.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:16 AM on April 4, 2008 [7 favorites]


cortex is the hardest working man on MetaFilter

Mr. Dymanic Webpage!
SQL-brother Number 1!
The Godfather of HTML!
posted by TedW at 10:17 AM on April 4, 2008 [5 favorites]


When Beethoven passed away, he was buried in a churchyard. A couple days later, the town drunk was walking through the cemetery and heard some strange noise coming from the area where Beethoven was buried. Terrified, the drunk ran and got the priest to come and listen to it. The priest bent close to the grave and heard some faint, unrecognizable music coming from the grave. Frightened, the priest ran and got the town magistrate.

When the magistrate arrived, he bent his ear to the grave, listened for a moment, and said, "Ah, yes, that's Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, being played backwards."

He listened a while longer, and said, "There's the Eighth Symphony, and it's backwards, too. Most puzzling." So the magistrate kept listening; "There's the Seventh... the Sixth... the Fifth..."

Suddenly the realization of what was happening dawned on the magistrate; he stood up and announced to the crowd that had gathered in the cemetery, "My fellow citizens, there's nothing to worry about. It's just Beethoven decomposing."

posted by Artw at 10:27 AM on April 4, 2008 [6 favorites]


FREE JAMES BROWN!
posted by elvissinatra at 10:27 AM on April 4, 2008


The birth of a Metafilter injoke. Mark this time and place, ladies and gentlemen. As many people will claim have been here as upposedly witnessed The Shot Heard Round the World, and yet, like the Polo Grounds, this thread could not have possibly accommodated their number.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 10:39 AM on April 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


Upposedly I know how to spell.

Also, can someone point point me to the thread about Bobby Thompson reinventing himself.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 10:41 AM on April 4, 2008


James Brown = Craig Hollis.
posted by Eideteker at 10:54 AM on April 4, 2008


I assume he will eventually collapse from exhaustion, and jessamyn will cover him with a cape.

Please, please, PLEASE, somebody animate this.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:58 AM on April 4, 2008


Wait, James Brown is dead?
Robert Anton Wilson and Anna Nicole Smith killed him.

The birth of a Metafilter injoke.
I'll get my knife, you bring a shovel.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:20 AM on April 4, 2008


These files, will they execute?
posted by Artw at 11:36 AM on April 4, 2008


AWWWWWW HIT ME

Ah ha ha!

Get on up... yeah!

GET DOWN

No, no, get on up. Not back to bed. Aaaaahhh!

MAKIN COFFEE GET ON UP OH no just want to sleep NO SERIOUSLY HIT ME GOTTA WAKE UP a sleep machine wooooah-oh
posted by loquacious at 11:58 AM on April 4, 2008 [1 favorite]


AWRIGHT HIT THAT SNOOZE BUTTON ONE MORE TIME NOW UH HUH
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:09 PM on April 4, 2008


I came across that Lethem piece in the Christgau-edited De Capo Best Music Writing, 2007 Anthology (which has a few fantastic pieces on-par w/ Lethem's). Didn't realize that it came from RS.
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches at 12:39 PM on April 4, 2008


Wait... I thought Meatbomb was James Brown.
posted by not_on_display at 3:08 PM on April 4, 2008


No, not_on_display, just an incredibly lifelike simulation.
posted by Meatbomb at 4:16 PM on April 4, 2008


So, how many times did James Brown die? I know there were at least four deleted posts, perhaps five. Unfortunately, the wiki says nothing about this important part of metafilter history.
posted by flatluigi at 6:45 PM on April 4, 2008


James Brown can die every fucking day from now till the Sun swallows the Earth if the Youtube posts keep coming.

WTF do people have against SLYT?
posted by dirigibleman at 10:48 PM on April 4, 2008


Five times on the nose, flatluigi.
posted by cortex (staff) at 12:52 AM on April 5, 2008


Haven't we all killed James Brown, just a little, in our hearts?
posted by blue_beetle at 6:48 AM on April 5, 2008


Can anyone point me to my clever witticism in the triple post about James Brown's death? Oh wait, never mind. Here it is!
posted by jonson at 8:40 AM on April 5, 2008


Allow me to beat a dead James-Brown Horse
Now take it to the bridge!
posted by isopraxis at 11:28 AM on April 5, 2008


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