James Brown Is Dead

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"James Brown Is Dead"
Single by L.A. Style
from the album L.A. Style
Released 19 August 1991
Format CD single, 12" single, 12" maxi, 7" single
Recorded 1991
Genre Techno
Length 5:38
Label ZYX Records
Decadance Records
Arista Records
Watts Music
Writer(s) Denzil Slemming
Producer(s) Denzil Slemming
L.A. Style singles chronology
"James Brown Is Dead"
(1991)
"I'm Raving"
(1992)

"James Brown Is Dead" is a song by Dutch electronic dance music duo L.A. Style. It was released in August 1991 as the lead single from their debut album, L.A. Style. The song was a major hit across Europe, reaching number-one in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Spain. The song also reached the top 10 in Australia, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Switzerland. It also peaked at number 59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song inspired multiple answer songs. The song is considered a "rave classic" with artists like DJ Irene mixing it into their sets.[1] In 2001, Wessel van Diepen and Arista Records released "James Brown Is Dead 2001", a new version of the L.A. Style original.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Europe; CD single - 1991

  1. "James Brown Is Dead" (Radio Edit) - 3:32
  2. "James Brown Is Dead" - 5:38
  3. "James Brown Is Dead" - 5:09

US; CD single - 1992

  1. "James Brown Is Dead (7" Version Of Original Mix (Without Rap))" 3:06
  2. "James Brown Is Dead (7" Version Of Original Mix (With Rap))" - 3:30
  3. "James Brown Is Dead (Rock Radio Mix)(Vocals – Chris Randall of Sister Machine Gun)" - 3:20
  4. "James Brown Is Dead (Crossover Radio Mix)" - 3:57
  5. "James Brown Is Dead (Original Mix (Without Rap))" - 5:38
  6. "James Brown Is Dead (Original Mix (With Rap))" - 6:04
  7. "James Brown Is Dead (Deadly Remix)" - 5:26
  8. "James Brown Is Dead (Wide Awake Remix)" _ 5:21
  9. "James Brown Is Dead (Take Outs)" - 0:55

Answer songs[edit]

In the wake of "James Brown Is Dead" the song "James Brown Is Still Alive" was released that same year by Holy Noise, a techno group also from the Netherlands. Although the first song's lyrics do actually assert that James Brown (1933–2006), "the hardest working man in show biz is alive," the Holy Noise song is regarded as an answer to the L.A. Style song.[3][4]

After Holy Noise many other artists jumped on the bandwagon with songs in which James Brown got often replaced with the name of other celebrities: DJ K - "James Brown Est ..." (1991); Phenomania - "Who is Elvis?" (1991); 7-Sons – "Vater Abraham Ist Tod" (1991); Y-Decibel - "J.B. On Dope" (1991); The Dead Kirks - "Mr. Kirk, Your Son Is Dead" (1991); Raimunda Navarro – "James Brown Has Sex" (1991); X.P.C. – "Laura P Is Dead" (1991); Big Boss - "Who The Hell Is James Brown?!" (1991); J.Y. Factory - "James Brown Is Dead Or Alive!?!?" (1992); Imrichvideozone - "Jimi Hendrix is not dead" and "Who is Mečiar?" (1992); Obscure FM – "Michael Jackson Is In Heaven Now!" (1992); Kranz - "Helmut Kohl Ist Tot" (1992); Memo Ríos - "Pedro Infante Murio" (1992); Mr. Oizo - "Bruce Willis Is Dead" (1998); Organ Donors – "James Brown Is Queer" (2001).[citation needed]

Chart positions[edit]

L.A. Style version[edit]

Charts (1991-1992) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 7
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 24
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8] 6
Italy (FIMI)[9] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[11] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[14] 59
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs 4

Holy Noise version[edit]

Charts (1991-1992) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[15] 7
Germany (Media Control Charts)[16] 29
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[17] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jason Birchmeier, Allmusic
  2. ^ Joe Bermudez Discography
  3. ^ rolldabeats.com RollDaBeats.com, "James Brown is Still Alive"
  4. ^ International Music Database
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – L.A. Style – James Brown Is Dead". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "L.A. Style – James Brown Is Dead – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – L.A. Style – James Brown Is Dead" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: L". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – L.A. Style search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  11. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – L.A. Style – James Brown Is Dead". Singles Top 60.
  13. ^ "L.A. Style – James Brown Is Dead – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  14. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/la-style-p13447/charts-awards/billboard-singles
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Holy Noise feat. Global Insert Project – James Brown Is Still Alive!!" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  16. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Holy Noise feat. Global Insert Project search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.