mash: James Brown / Michael Jackson / Prince
This is one of the best music mash-ups that I’ve ever found. Imagine if you were going to James Brown concert. The King of Soul, the original Soul Man, is up there doing his thing, when all of a sudden he looks out into the crowd, and who does he see?
Why, it’s the King of Pop. And will Michael Jackson take the stage? Of course he will! All of a sudden the concert goes get to see two legends on the stage.
And as if this isn’t enough for these lucky son-of-a-guns, James Brown looks out into the crowd and says he sees another legend, who he invites to come up to the stage.
Riding on the shoulders of either a bodyguard, an entourage member, or the luckiest random concert goer, Prince is carried to the stage where he picks up a guitar.
None of it was planned. It is a completely impromptu merging of three master artist. And it’s a performance that can never, ever, be repeated.
One of my favorite James Brown quotes says “When I’m on stage, I’m trying to do one thing: bring people joy. Just like church does. People don’t go to church to find trouble, they go there to lose it.”
And when you watch this month’s mash-up you’ll do just that–lose all your trouble. You can’t help but forget yourself for a few minutes as you watch James Brown strutting around like a proud mentor, watching Michael Jackson and Prince show just why they were amazing.
These three are often imitated, but never duplicated.
If you liked this, be sure to check out the recent mash-up of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Roots.