musicology #380


Modernist #8

(James Brown – Shout & Shimmy)

First up I want to thank The Countess, Steve Barrow and Tony Blue for their quality input on this theme so far. One of the most valuable things that has emerged as a result, (and cemented my belief), is the key year which seems for all three of them, (independently), to be 1962?. As a student in the history of music, society and the cultures that emerged on the strength of it the dialogue has gone a long way to nailing what I have thought for a while.

As previously mentioned/discussed here themusicologist ‘files’ music on the year it was released and over the years I have come to a conclusion that 1962 was the pivotal year as far as Mod and Soul were concerned..not Modernist or MODS they came before and after and as a result of this theme I’m sure of that now so next week I’ll be laying down a 1962 Selection to help ground my theory in musical evidence. Not just the music of America by the way as Jamaica’s independence was ‘granted’ in that year too so obviously the winds of change were not a Local phenomenon. I could go on but I’ll save it for next week.

Today’s cut is from another Mod/ernist legend, The hardest working man in Show Business, (but certainly not the Godfather of Soul), none other than James Brown and the foundation stones on which he built his well deserved reputation…the Famous Flames with a piece from, you guessed it 1962. I don’t know for sure because I wasn’t there but I’m assuming this would have been played in and around the Capital during the summer of that year?

A 45 on the King label

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3 thoughts on “musicology #380

  1. always good to hear James Brown, although I dont remember hearing this song in the clubs..as its been over 40 years since the times we have been discussing both the music and the tales of other people who were there have helped to put a shape on my earliest memories..and I agree with you that 1962, at least for me, seems the start of something different..thanks to an interview with Jeff Dexter that I have recently read I can now place my first big night out at Greenwich Town Hall to February 1962 when he opened there as a DJ..fortunately for me that was a 10 min. walk from my house as I was still only 13..I can only imagine I was walking on air at the end of that first night.

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  2. Me tooo countess…. thanks to themusicologist’s musical/literary prompting those crazy, wonderful times are shaping up real good!
    When I close my eyes I can hear them. I can see them. I can almost smell ’em!!

    James Brown’s Night Train was the first one I remember, but Shout Shimmy got an airing, mainly in The 100 club (lunch-time sessions I think. The trouble/problem was…. the two or three breaks in the beat at the beginning… girl-wise, bad for jiving to. Boy-wise tooooo fast!

    How about The Toys… Attack. Was that ’62?

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  3. I’ve bin thinking… Lunch time sessions at the 100 club? Seems odd, incongruous even. Daytime gatherings? And yet, and correct me someone if I’m wrong, it was a quite natural, wide spread, thing. Think Sunday afternoon(?) at the Lyceum – other Mecca “ball-rooms”, other days I believe. Tuesdays/Thursdays at the Scene. Ready Steady Go rehearsals etc….. Strange Days!

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