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
  • 4:05 (Parts 1 & 2)
  • 4:05 (Part 3)
  • 9:03 (complete version)
Label King
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)"
"Super Bad (Part 1 & Part 2)"
"Santa Claus Is Definitely Here to Stay Vocal"

"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!"

A reverbed version with overdubbed audience applause was released on a 1971 album of the same name. He performed the song on Soul Train on February 10, 1973.[3]

The 1987 UK No 1. MARRS song Pump Up the Volume samples the "Watch Me" vocal part of the song.


  • James Brown - lead vocal

with The J.B.'s:

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
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]


  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. ^ The Best of Soul Train Live (booklet). Time Life. 2011. 
  4. ^ 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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