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RIP: James Brown

James Brown

Rob brought us some sad news today…the Godfather of Soul has passed at the age of 73.

What always impressed me about James Brown is that the man was so cool and funky, he didn’t even have to sing a song if he didn’t feel like it. He and his band (and at the height of his success, Brown had one of the most badass bands in the history of badass bands) could just vamp for eight minutes with Brown egging them on with various “HEY!”s and “Hit me!”s and screams. Anyone else, you’d turn that shit off. With Brown and crew, it’s somehow eminently listenable.

So we say goodbye to Reverend Cleophus James. Thanks for making us all see the light. Rest well.