James Brown - Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine

First performance: 30/04/1994


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song 2 times and 1 time as a snippet:
 
1994-04-30 - HOUSE OF BLUES, WEST HOLLYWOOD
With James Brown (and a backing vocal group consisting of Dan Aykroyd, Magic Johnson, Wesley Snipes, and Woody Harrelson). Danny Federici was in the house band on keyboards. This was a private party to launch the new club, which opened for business to the general public the following night
 
  
 
2001-05-27 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
Bruce joins Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes onstage for an hour. Graham Parker also takes part in this show. The event is to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Southside's legendary radio broadcast from the Stone Pony. The song is sang togther with Graham Parker. Graham Parker (born November 15, 1950, London, England) is a British rock singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead singer of the popular British band Graham Parker & The Rumour.
 
  • Snippet
during MARY'S PLACE
 
2003-03-10 Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, RI

 

Songinfo

"Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" is a song recorded by James Brown with Bobby Byrd on backing vocals. Released as a single in 1970. "Sex Machine" was one of the first songs Brown recorded with his new band, The J.B.'s. In comparison with Brown's 1960s solo funk hits such as "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" , the band's inexperienced horn section plays a relatively minor part. Instead, the song centers on the insistent riff played by brothers Bootsy and Catfish Collins on bass and guitar and Jabo Starks on drums, along with the call and response interplay between Brown and Byrd's vocals, which consist mostly of exhortations to "get up / stay on the scene / like a sex machine". During the song's final vocal passages Brown and Byrd started to sing the main hook of Elmore James' blues classic "Shake Your Moneymaker."
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Bruce on James Brown in 2012 SXSW Keynote Address

"Young musicians, learn how to bring it live, and then bring it night, after night, after night, after night. Your audience will remember you.Your ticket is your handshake. These skills gave me a huge ace up my sleeve. And when we finally went on the road, and we played that ace, we scorched the Earth, because that's what I was taught to do by Sam Moore, and by James Brown. There's no greater performance than James Brown burning ass on the Rolling Stones at The T.A.M.I. show. Sorry, sorry, my friends. I fucking loved the Stones. But James Brown – boys and men, you were screwed. Yeah, I think I'll go on after James Brown. Oh, yeah, can you put me in the schedule somewhere after James Brown? Fuck, no. Get out. Go home. Save it. Don't waste it, man. I had a great thing with James Brown. I went to see James Brown one night, and he kind of knew me. I was sitting in the audience, and, suddenly I heard: Ladies and gentlemen, Magic Johnson, and Magic Johnson was onstage. And: Ladies and gentlemen, Woody Harrelson, and he was on stage. And then I'm sitting in my seat, watching, I hear: Ladies and gentleman, Mr. Mr., Mr. "Born in the USA." And I realized he didn't know my name, so I ran my ass up there as fast as I could. I can't tell you, man, standing on stage alongside of James Brown…it was like, "Fuck, what am I doing here? He's such a, his influence. James Brown, underrated, still, today, underrated. He's, He's Elvis. He's Dylan. Dylan from whom I first heard a version of the place that I lived that felt unvarnished and real to me……"
 

Lyrics

One, two, three, four!

Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)
Stay on the scene, (get on up), like a sex machine, (get on up)

Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)
Stay on the scene, (get on up), like a sex machine, (get on up)

Get up, (get on up)
Stay on the scene, (get on up), like a sex machine, (get on up)

Wait a minute, shake your arm, then use your form
Stay on the scene like a sex machine
You gotta have the feeling sure as you're born
Get it together, right on, right on

Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)

Huh!

Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)

You said, you said you got, you said the feeling, you got to get
You give me fever in a cold sweat
The way I like it is the way it is
I got mine, don't worry about his

Get up, (get on up)
Stay on the scene, (get on up), like a sex machine, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)

[Spoken:] Bobby, Should I take 'em to the bridge? (Go ahead). Take 'em on to the bridge, (take 'em to the bridge). Should I take 'em to the bridge? (Yeah, go ahead). Take 'em to the bridge? (Go ahead). Hit me now!

Come on, stay on the scene, like a sex machine
The way I like it is the way it is
I got mine, (dig it), he's got his

Stay on the scene, like a loving machine
Stay on the scene, like a loving machine
Stay on the scene

[Spoken:] I wanna count it off one more time now, (go ahead). You wanna hear it like it did on the top, fellas? (Yeah!) Hear it like it did on the top? (Yeah). Hit it now!

Get on up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)
Get on up, (get on up)

Stay on the scene, (get on up), like a loving machine, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)
Taste, (get on up)
Being, (get on up)
Taste, (get on up)
Being, (get on up)

Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)
Stay on the scene, (get on up), like a sex machine, (get on up)

You gotta have the feeling, (get on up)
Sure as you're born, (get on up)

Get it together, right on, right on
Right on, right on, (right on, right on)
Right on, right on, (right on, right on)
Right on, right on, (right on, right on)

Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)

And then, shake your money maker
Shake your money maker
Shake your money maker
Shake your money maker
Shake your money maker
Shake your money maker
Shake your money maker

Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)

Huh!
Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)
Get up, (get on up)