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L.A. Style - James Brown Is Dead Album

L.A. Style - James Brown Is Dead Album Performer: L.A. Style
Title: James Brown Is Dead
Style: Hardcore, Techno
Label: Decadance Records
# Cat: DEC 9005
Released: 1991
Country: Belgium
FLAC album: 2712 mb
MP3 album: 2647 mb
Rating: 4.6
Genre: Electronic

Tracklist

1James Brown Is Dead (Original Mix)5:38
2James Brown Is Dead (XTC Mix)5:09

Versions

CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
DEC 9005-RL.A. Style James Brown Is Dead (Remixes) ‎(12")Decadance RecordsDEC 9005-RBelgium1991
P-3 CAS 289L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead ‎(Cass, Maxi)Blanco Y Negro P-3 CAS 289Spain1992
CEMI-624L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead ‎(Cass, Maxi)MusartCEMI-624Mexico1992
TDS 663L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead ‎(12", Single)AristaTDS 663Australia1992
ZYX 6586-8L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead ‎(CD, Maxi, Car)ZYX RecordsZYX 6586-8Germany1991

Credits

  • Executive-ProducerRay Decadence
  • Producer, Written-ByDenzil Slemming

Barcodes

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): D 9005-A1   FOON MASTERING
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): D 9005-B1
  • Rights Society: SABAM TM

Companies

  • Lacquer Cut At – Foon

Video

Comments: (8)
santa
I loved this track at the time...very much a product of its era. Personally, I think it's fairly similar to early GTO stuff.The highest accolade I can give this track was from my room-mate at university. He was more into Captain Beefheart, 60s psychedelia...more avant garde music than I was. We had loads of interesting discussions about music as I was more into the emerging rave/techno scenes. We spent quite some time listening to various tracks from each others collections, but it never occured to me to play this. He came back from the student union one night and asked me if I had this record. I asked why, and he said "I've heard this played down there tonight, and I totally get where you're coming from. Can I record some of your records?".I must admit I was surprised. I think it's a solid record and I do like it, but it amazed me this particular record had an impact on someone that much.I thinks its appeal is the orchestral hit. It's not perfect, and pitches down...it's the wonkiness of that sound over the pounding kick, crisp bass and rhythm sounds that make it stand out. From my memory, I heard this before Human Resource - "Dominator" which expanded on the wonky idea...
Braned
Braindead Personally, I think it's fairly similar to early GTO stuff.How dare you compare GTO to LA Style as similar! I believe Michael Wells would see that as an insult. Shame. ;P
Lcena
also of not is that the sound from the tv show Hannibal when will hunts the deer is similar to one of the sounds in human resourse- dominator, and i think there was a song with one more like the Hannibal version, i don't know if it was on that cd, but they both sound like snowmobiles to a degree
Timberahue
there was a cd that had this and human resource dominator in it (unless my dad just mixed them onto a burnt cd) but i'm sure i remember these and a few other good songs a lot of them wonky too i think
Brariel
I remember being on a nearby market place early September 1991, where a drive-in show was hosted. It was a time in which bringing in your own tunes was no problem. A 18-year-old girl came up with this tune, which was already a number one in our dance charts and released on a CD5 a couple of days before. Three weeks later, "James Brown Is Dead" was number one in the Dutch Top 40 and remained in the chart for 14 weeks. The rap version was made, but did not contribute to the chart success here; most radio stations played the original no-rap version, edited down to three minutes. I also remember Derrick May reviewing the track in a popular Dutch dance music magazine: "It's a hypocritic record. It will eventually destroy the techno scene: people will listen to this rave trash rather than techno. What would James Brown think of it himself?" Some of the source recordings are still a mystery. It is clear that Denzil Slemming (who created the recording) was inspired by T.99's "Anastasia" as it contains similar orchestral vocals (they are said to originate from a Gustav Mahler classical piece). However, the synth sound used right before the "announcement" is taken from the outro of "So fine" by Electric Light Orchestra (when you listen very closely to the samples, you will notice that the tone frequency is not constant, which is also the case on the ELO track). The track paved a way for acts like 2 Unlimited and a lot of similar acts who also used rap vocals over rave sounds. Two major "replies" exist: Holy Noise "James Brown is still alive" and Traumatic Stress "Who the f... is James Brown?". These tracks really needed the rap version in order to chart, which shows the strength of the original. Some of the variations include "Who is Elvis?", "Elvis has left the building", "Michael Jackson is in heaven now", "Vater Abraham ist tot" and "Meat Loaf is fat". In some way, the track was also responsible for records as Ottorongo's "Five O'Clock... my ass" (which tangoes even further), RTZ "Dance your ass off" (using the "Espana Cani" bullfighters anthem), rave versions of the Birds dance and the Radetzky march, Booming Support "De rode schoentjes" (as well as all parodies to that one, like "De stukgedanste schoentjes" and "Rubberen kaplaarzen") and finally Apotheosis "O Fortuna" which was banned after the prohibition of the use of a sample from Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana".
Moonshaper
I heard once that the choir is actually from a sampler library for early roland samplers. (the s series). Someone found it there! in whosampled they say it sampled T99 but that's not the case I am pretty sure.
BOND
huge chart success for L.A. Style. this record started (together with "who is elvis") a total explosion of cheap commercial orientated ripoffs like "is et on xtc , james brown is still alive, is james brown really dead..."
Coirad
Not to forget the very nice "Michael Jackson Is In Heaven Now"