A chance click-by through Funky 16 Corners just ate about an hour, obsessing over a single song. Larry, the guy over there, posted a version of "Give It Up or Turnit A Loose" by Wilbert Longmire. I know, who? That's what Funky 16 Corners is good at, digging up this stuff by people you've never heard of. It just made me want to hear James Brown's original version, recorded in 1969. And, what the hell, his extended version from 1970. And it made me want to hear Lyn Collins's version, produced by the GFOS in 1974, capped off by Black Randy and the Metro Squad's 1979 version. The latter floors me, as do JB's versions. The (technically Black Randy-less) Metro Squad tearS it a new one. It's pretty crazy in context, because Black Randy and the Metro Squad consisted of members of the L.A. punk scene, with a rotating roster that included, at one time or another, members of the Bags, X, Go-Gos, the Germs, the Eyes, and an early member of the Screamers. You might have had to be there, but I still find it more than nuts.
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Wilbert Longmire - Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose mp3 at Funky 16 Corners Go there to get it.
James Brown - Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (single version) mp3 at ATumbler(?)
James Brown - Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (LP Version) mp3 at ATumbler(?)
Lyn Collins - Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose mp3 at Groove Nut Records
Black Randy and the Metro Squad - Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose mp3 at 7 Inch Punk