Super Bad (song)

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"Super Bad (Part 1 & Part 2)"
Single by James Brown
B-side "Super Bad (Part 3)"
Released October 1970 (1970-10)
Format 7" (mono)
Recorded June 30, 1970, Starday-King Studios, Nashville, TN
Genre Funk
Length
  • 4:05 (Parts 1 & 2)
  • 4:05 (Part 3)
  • 9:03 (complete version)
Label King
6329
Writer(s) James Brown
Producer(s) James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"Get Up I Feel Like Being Like a Sex Machine (Part 1)"
(1970)
"Super Bad (Part 1 & Part 2)"
(1970)
"Santa Claus Is Definitely Here to Stay Vocal"
(1970)

"Super Bad" is a 1970 James Brown song. Originally released as a three-part single, it went to #1 on the R&B chart and number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1][2] The song's lyrics include the refrain "I've got soul and I'm super bad." The positive use of the word "bad" is an example of linguistic reappropriation, which Brown had done before in "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud".

The song includes a tenor saxophone solo by Robert McCollough, during which Brown yells "Blow me some Trane, brother!"

Brown re-recorded "Super Bad" for a 1971 album of the same name.

Personnel[edit]

  • James Brown - lead vocal

with The J.B.'s:

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 13
U.S. Billboard R&B 1
Preceded by
"I'll Be There" by The Jackson 5
Billboard's Best Selling Soul number one single
November 21, 1970 - November 28, 1970
Succeeded by
"The Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

Appearances and references in media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 84. 
  3. ^ Leeds, Alan, and Harry Weinger (1991). "Star Time: Song by Song". In Star Time (pp. 46–53) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.

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