Mother Popcorn

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"Mother Popcorn"
Single by James Brown
from the album It's a Mother
A-side"Mother Popcorn - Pt. 1"
B-side"Mother Popcorn - Pt. 2"
ReleasedJune 1969
Format7"
RecordedMay 13, 1969 at King Studios, Cincinnati, OH
GenreFunk
Length6:13
LabelKing
6245
Writer(s)James Brown
Alfred Ellis
ProducerJames Brown
 
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"Mother Popcorn"
Single by James Brown
from the album It's a Mother
A-side"Mother Popcorn - Pt. 1"
B-side"Mother Popcorn - Pt. 2"
ReleasedJune 1969
Format7"
RecordedMay 13, 1969 at King Studios, Cincinnati, OH
GenreFunk
Length6:13
LabelKing
6245
Writer(s)James Brown
Alfred Ellis
ProducerJames Brown

"Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother for Me)", is a song recorded by James Brown and released as a two-part single in 1969. A #1 R&B and #11 Pop hit,[1]. It was the highest-charting of a series of recordings inspired by the popular dance The Popcorn which Brown made that year. Other entries included "Let a Man Come In and Do the Popcorn" and an album of instrumentals, The Popcorn.

"Mother Popcorn" has a beat and structure similar to Brown's 1967 hit "Cold Sweat", but a faster tempo and a greater amount of rhythmic activity (including a lot of agitated 16th note movement from the horn section and the three guitars) give it a more frenetic quality than the earlier song. Critic Robert Christgau identifies "Mother Popcorn" as the turning point in Brown's funk music in which he "began to concern himself more and more exclusively with rhythmic distinctions."[2] The song features a saxophone solo by Maceo Parker, which starts at the end of Part 1 in the single version of the song.

Vicki Anderson recorded the answer song "Answer to Mother Popcorn (I Got a Mother for You)", also in 1969.

Contents

Personnel

with the James Brown Orchestra:

A James Brown Production

Live version

Brown performs a live version of "Mother Popcorn" on his album Sex Machine.

"You Got to Have a Mother for Me"

On January 13, 1969 Brown recorded a song at the RCA Studios in Los Angeles, California under the title "You Got to Have a Mother for Me". It had most of the same lyrics as "Mother Popcorn" but a completely different instrumental component, and was rejected for release as a single in favor of the later recording, which retained the earlier song title as a subtitle. The original "You Got to Have a Mother for Me" was first issued on the 1988 James Brown compilation album Motherlode.

Cover versions

Aerosmith covered "Mother Popcorn" on their album Live! Bootleg. It was also covered by Frank Black on the 1998 tribute album James Brown Super Bad @ 65, and by The Blues Brothers in a medley with "Do You Love Me" on Made in America.

Trivia

Notes

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 84. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "A Consumer Guide to James Brown". Retrieved on March 7, 2008.

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Preceded by
"What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" by Jr. Walker & The All Stars
Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles number-one single
July 19–26, 1969
Succeeded by
"Choice of Colors" by The Impressions