Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: James Brown – Get Up Offa That Thing

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155 – James Brown – Get Up Off That Thing (1976)
Written by Deanna Brown, Diedra Brown and Yamma Brown
Produced by James Brown
Label – Polydor

Recorded in two takes, the Godfather Of Soul describes the inspiration for the song better than any critic…”The audience was sitting down, trying to do a sophisticated thing, listening to funk. One of the tightest bands they’d ever heard in their lives, and they were sitting. I had worked hard and dehydrated myself and was feeling depressed. I looked out at all those people sitting there, and because I was depressed they looked depressed. I yelled, “Get up offa that thing and dance til you feel better!” I probably meant until I felt better.”

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