The world is burning, and I can’t stop watching James Brown videos

Maybe it’s some kind of self-preservation thing, but every time I’ve tried to read the news this evening, I’ve found myself magically transported to the world of James Brown. I’m not even sure how it happens. One minute, I’m reading about how the White House is blaming the Obama administration for today’s deadly gas attack in Syria, and the next I’m watching James Brown collapsing in a pool of sweat on Italian television in the late ’60s… For those of you who aren’t familiar with Brown, who billed himself as the Godfather of Soul, he’s kind of like a black Wayne Cochran.

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6 Comments

  1. Rat
    Posted April 4, 2017 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    I believe Wayne Cochran called himself White Knight of Soul, which always sounded kind of KKK like to me

  2. Anonymous
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Wayne Cochran had to have started as an evangelist.

  3. Demetrius
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World

  4. M
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    James Brown was super human.

  5. M
    Posted April 5, 2017 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    If you’d like to learn to dance like him, he made an instructional video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22HNAPQXNdI

    The best part is at 1:17, just after doing the robot, when he mimes the grabbing of an enormous penis.

  6. Dan Richardson
    Posted April 7, 2017 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    This is the second time Wayne Cochran came up today. Weird. Paul Schaffer mentioned him on Maron’s podcast. When Paul interviewed w Letterman for the bandleader job, Shaffer said he wanted to do an R&B band for the show, and Letterman replied, “Good. I’ve always thought of myself as the Wayne Cochran of comedy.”

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