I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)

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"I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)"
Single by James Brown
from the album I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me
B-side "There Was a Time"
Released December 1967 (1967-12)
Format 7"
Recorded October 30, 1967 (1967-10-30), King Studios, Cincinnati, OH
Genre Soul, funk
Length 3:25
Label King
6144
Writer(s) James Brown
Producer(s) James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"Get It Together (Part 1)"
(1967)
"I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)"
(1967)
"There Was a Time" (B-side of "I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)")
(1967)

"I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)", also known as "I Can't Stand It", is a song written and recorded by James Brown in 1967. It is the most successful of the handful of recordings he made with The Dapps, a band of white musicians led by Beau Dollar. The single release of the song, on which its tempo was mechanically sped up,[1] rose to #4 on the Billboard R&B chart and #28 on the Pop chart.[2] The single's B-side, "There Was a Time", also charted.

"I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)" was included on the 1968 album I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me, where it was labeled "Pt. 1". A "Pt. 2", which appeared later in the album, never received a single release.

Musicians[edit]

  • James Brown - lead vocal

and the Dapps:

Other versions[edit]

Brown re-recorded "I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)" in 1974 for album Hell under the title "I Can't Stand It '76'",[3] and with synthesizers in 1998 for the album I'm Back.[4] A live version of the song is included on the 1998 album Say It Live and Loud: Live in Dallas 08.26.68.[5]

James Chance and the Contortions covered the song on the 1978 No Wave compilation album No New York.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leeds, Alan, and Harry Weinger (1991). "Star Time: Song by Song". In Star Time (pp. 46–53) [CD booklet]. London: Polydor Records.
  2. ^ White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. London: Polydor Records.
  3. ^ http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=James+Brown
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/im-back-mw0000044958
  5. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/say-it-live-and-loud-live-in-dallas-082668-mw0000041262
  6. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/no-new-york-mw0000260455