L.A. Style ‎– James Brown Is Dead

Genre:
Style:
Year:
Notes:
Contains a sample of "So Fine" by Electric Light Orchestra (taken at the end of the song).
There are at least 21 versions of the track (which was not a very common thing back in 1991), and 3 versions of "James Dad Is Brown" (released in Japan).
James Brown Is Dead (Original Mix)
James Brown Is Dead (XTC Mix)
James Brown Is Dead (Re-Remix Version)
James Brown Is Dead (Second Version)
James Brown Is Dead (7" Version Without Rap)
James Brown Is Dead (7" Version With Rap)
James Brown Is Dead (Remix Rap 12")
James Brown Is Dead (Take Outs)
James Brown Is Dead (Deadly Remix)
James Brown Is Dead (160 BPM Vanity Mix)
James Brown Is Dead (Oz Massiv Mix)
James Brown Is Dead (Dream On Mix)
James Brown Is Dead (Wide Awake Mix)
James Brown Is Dead (Rock Radio Mix)
James Brown Is Dead (Long Rock Radio Mix)
James Brown Is Dead (Crossover Radio Mix)
James Brown Is Dead (Emilio's Reprise)
James Brown Is Dead (Essential Sound Remix)
James Brown Is Dead (Hard Remix)
James Brown Is Dead (Acid Remix)
James Brown Is Dead (Train Remix)
James Dad Is Brown (Original Mix)
James Dad Is Brown (T.Y.M. Mix)
James Dad Is Brown (T.Y.M. Mix II)

Versions (55)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DEC 9005 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12") Decadance Records DEC 9005 Belgium 1991 Sell This Version
ZYX 6718-12 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead (Re-Remix)(12") ZYX Records ZYX 6718-12 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
ZYX 6718-12 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead (Re-Remix)(12", TP) ZYX Records ZYX 6718-12 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
ZYX 6718-8 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead (Re-Remix)(CD, Maxi) ZYX Records ZYX 6718-8 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
ZYX 6586R-12 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead (Remix)(12") ZYX Records ZYX 6586R-12 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
AVJS-1075 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead (Remix)(12", Promo) Avex Trax AVJS-1075 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
ZYX 6586R-8 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead (Remix)(CD, Maxi) ZYX Records ZYX 6586R-8 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
DEC 9005-R L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead (Remixes)(12") Decadance Records DEC 9005-R Belgium 1991 Sell This Version
IND 618.8 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead (Remixes)(12") Bounce Records IND 618.8 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
IND 618-8 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead (Remixes)(12") Indisc IND 618-8 France 1991 Sell This Version
IND 618.9 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead (Remixes)(CD, Maxi) Bounce Records, Indisc Benelux, Indisc France, Sony Music France IND 618.9 France & Benelux 1991 Sell This Version
615 220 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead (The Italian Remixes)(12") Arista 615 220 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
615 057 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12") Arista 615 057 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
ZYX 6586-12 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12") ZYX Records ZYX 6586-12 UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
MX-289 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12") Blanco Y Negro (2) MX-289 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
WR714 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12") Watts Music WR714 US 1991 Sell This Version
IND 616.6 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12") Bounce Records IND 616.6 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
615 057 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12") Arista, Bounce Records 615 057 US 1991 Sell This Version
IND 618.6 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12") Bounce Records IND 618.6 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
AVJD-1010 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12") Avex Trax AVJD-1010 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
WR714 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12") Watts Music WR714 US 1991 Sell This Version
ZYX 6586-12 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12") ZYX Records ZYX 6586-12 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
ZYX 6586-12, 6586/12 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12", Promo) ZYX Records, ZYX Records ZYX 6586-12, 6586/12 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
WR714 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12", Promo) Watts Music WR714 US 1991 Sell This Version
WR714 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12", Promo) Watts Music WR714 US 1991 Sell This Version
115 057 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(7") Arista 115 057 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
IND 618.7 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(7") Bounce Records IND 618.7 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
IND 618.7 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(7") Bounce Records IND 618.7 1991 Sell This Version
ZYX 6586-7 L.A.Style* James Brown Is Dead(7", Single) ZYX Records ZYX 6586-7 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
DEC 9005-7 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(7", Single) Decadance Records DEC 9005-7 Belgium 1991 Sell This Version
IND 616.7 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(7", Single) Bounce Records IND 616.7 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
188.007-7 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(7", Single) CNR Records 188.007-7 Scandinavia 1991 Sell This Version
IND 618.2 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(CD, Maxi) Bounce Records, Indisc Benelux, Indisc France, Sony Music France IND 618.2 France & Benelux 1991 Sell This Version
IND 616.2 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(CD, Maxi) Bounce Records IND 616.2 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
ZYX 6586-8 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(CD, Maxi, Car) ZYX Records ZYX 6586-8 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
ZYX 6586-8 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(CD, Maxi, Car) ZYX Records ZYX 6586-8 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
07822-12387-4 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(Cass, Maxi, Dol) Arista 07822-12387-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
300143-4 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(Cass, Single) Bounce Records 300143-4 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
ZYX 6650-12 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead (Re-Remix & Original Version) (12") ZYX Records ZYX 6650-12 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
ZYX 6650-8 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead (Re-Remix & Original Version)(CD, Maxi) ZYX Records ZYX 6650-8 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
EMI-624, EMI-6EMI-62424 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12") Musart, Musart Especial EMI-624, EMI-6EMI-62424 Mexico 1992 Sell This Version
TDS 663 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12", Single) Arista TDS 663 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
07822-12387-2 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(CD, Maxi) Arista 07822-12387-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
CCD 092 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(CD, Maxi) Arista CCD 092 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
ASCD-2387 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(CD, Maxi, Promo) Arista ASCD-2387 US 1992 Sell This Version
AVDD-20018 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(CD, Mini, Single) Avex Trax AVDD-20018 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
AVDD-20018 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(CD, Mini, Single, Promo) Avex Trax AVDD-20018 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
CMU-624 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(CD, Single) Discos Musart, S.A. De C.V. CMU-624 Mexico 1992 Sell This Version
07822-12387-2 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(CD, Single) Arista 07822-12387-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
ASCD-2453 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(CD, Single, Promo) Arista ASCD-2453 US 1992 Sell This Version
P-3 CAS 289 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(Cass, Maxi) Blanco Y Negro (2) P-3 CAS 289 Spain 1992 Sell This Version
CEMI-624 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(Cass, Maxi) Musart CEMI-624 Mexico 1992 Sell This Version
AVDD-20028 L.A. Style James Dad Is Brown(CD, Mini, Single) Avex Trax AVDD-20028 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
SCHRANZ053 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead(12", S/Sided, Unofficial, W/Lbl, Sti) Schranz SCHRANZ053 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
CNR 018 L.A. Style James Brown Is Dead (12", Maxi) CNR Records CNR 018 Greece Unknown Sell This Version

Recommendations

Reviews Show All 33 Reviews

Add Review

gwynni-2008

gwynni-2008

January 25, 2018
referencing James Brown Is Dead, CD, Single, 07822-12387-2
I *think* there might be an error with the tracklist - track 6 sounds like a rap version of track 7. The backing track is different to the track 5 "Original" and the track 1 and 2 "Original" edits. Maybe track 6 is actually the "Rap Remix Version", not the "Original (With Rap)".

But this is the only edition/version I have, so I cannot test my theory.
djsid86

djsid86

May 16, 2017
referencing James Brown Is Dead, 12", IND 616.6

A classic for its era. I think this was also around the time Dominator, etc. were really popular too. Very raw techno beats with a pretty good rap version too.

I'm still amazed the guy responsible for this track also was the main guy from Laserdance which is a totally different type of electronic music. So Michiel Van Der Kuy went from Euro-disco to Italo-Disco to Techno -- pretty amazing. He must be just really good at creating original art.
aidiothir

aidiothir

January 24, 2017
edited over 2 years ago
referencing James Brown Is Dead, 12", ZYX 6586-12

Techno music was firstly made in Detroit??? NO WAY. The first ''recorded'' use of the word ''techno'' in reference to a specific genre of music was in 1988 with the album : ''Techno! The New Dance Sound Of Detroit''. But those tracks had NOTHING to do with Techno music.
There was just only early USA house music during late 80's, very amateur, unmastered, boring, crap, Acid House, Chicago House, Detroit House etc.
The REAL first Techno music as a style (and the ONLY original one) was made in Belgium in 1991 (between 1990-1992) after the ashes of New Beat, and it was the FIRST Techno wave to get known to the people as a new style of music, with Netherlands, Germany and other central European countries alongside with Belgium altoghether, discovered Techno music for the first time.
It was a shock to everyone, as nobody had heard sounds like these before. Sounds like hoovers, orchestral stabs, rave synths, NASA samples, and bells, were what we called Techno music for the first time. Some of those initial European techno tracks like ''L.A Style - James Brown is Dead'', ''DJPC - Insomniac'', ''Human Resource - Dominator'', ''T99 - Anasthasia'', '' Quadrophonia - Quadrophonia'', ''2 Unlimited - Get ready for this'', ''2 Unlimited - Twilight Zone'', not only established a new era of music, but also refined Techno music as a genre for the first time, and begun a whole generation of RAVE music.
And i bet that many people globally (including me) heard ''James Brown is Dead'' as their first Techno song, to introduced them to the world of electronic music, as ''James Brown is Dead'' was THE anthem of Techno, even if i don't like it so much now after all these years.
dad1975

dad1975

November 8, 2016
referencing James Brown Is Dead, CD, Maxi, Car, ZYX 6586-8
All tracks of this version release are without Raps. sad
libogodoi

libogodoi

August 15, 2016
referencing James Brown Is Dead (Remixes), CD, Maxi, IND 618.9
Rare maxi cd with 3 remixes the best is wide awake Remix and we have original mix,from 1991
transition-metal

transition-metal

March 21, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
referencing James Brown Is Dead, 12", ZYX 6586-12
As early techno goes I got right into this back in 91 however the best remix of this is the instrumental "wide awake remix", the aggressive orchestral sounds are still there as are the thundering kicks, the overall arrangement of this remix differ greatly from the rap vocal mixes.
Braindead

Braindead

May 26, 2014
edited over 5 years ago
referencing James Brown Is Dead, 12", DEC 9005
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...
GoodNF

GoodNF

January 22, 2011
referencing James Brown Is Dead, 12", DEC 9005
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".
hyperreal

hyperreal

December 10, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
referencing James Brown Is Dead, 12", ZYX 6586-12

Quite simply the best early techno track. I didn't know it was so mainstream until reading the comments, but that doesn't change a thing. Inspiring for many DJs and artists alike. Without this track there may have been no hardcore and gabba. The only negative is the truly awful sleeve design!
gabba4life

gabba4life

September 27, 2010
edited over 7 years ago
referencing James Brown Is Dead, 12", ZYX 6586-12

Thank God this track didn't go airplay/radio edit. For the simpliest reason that there was no need. Some tracks are meant to be written in the original version. A massive track from 1991 which was far ahead of its era, but still one of the biggest hits in it's era. James Brown is dead features a sound (it's called orchestra) with some adjustments in the attack filter that makes it more aggresive, with dark base drum, some impact hits sounds and a bass line that cuts you through your spine cord AND ONLY the necessary vocals. All you have to do is hear it loud. In my opinion this track is superior to some others even in the rave era.