Gordon\’s cousin James

Oh, well done Marina Hyde, well done!

Given it was played shortly before his entrance, Gordon Brown\’s unofficial theme can be assumed to be I\’m A Soul Man, famously sung by his late cousin James.

Straining rather for a joke there but in her defence I suppose we could point out that she wasn\’t born until 7 years after the song came out. And defence does need to be made.

1) It\’s not \”I\’m a Soul Man\”, that\’s the refrain in a song called \”Soul Man\”.

2) It\’s not by James Brown, it\’s by Sam and Dave.

3) It\’s not written by James Brown, rather, Isaac Hayes (\”Chef\” on South Park for you youngsters).

4) It\’s not played by James Brown\’s band, rather by the Stax house band (variously, Booker T and the MGs or the Blues Brothers Band, essentially the same lineups).

So, err, not just straining there for a joke but bent over hanging onto ankles and squeezing mightily to produce no more than a wet parp.

Still, these darkies are all much the same to the English upper middle classes aren\’t they?

6 thoughts on “Gordon\’s cousin James”

  1. ‘Ah, soul’ is what I think whenever I see Gordon Brown; but being a conservative, I’m viciously homophonic.

  2. Tim says: variously, Booker T and the MGs or the Blues Brothers Band, essentially the same lineups.

    Well, same rhythm section, anyway. and don’t forget that the Memphis Horns were crucial to the Stax sound.

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  4. Gordon Brown’s full name is James Gordon Brown.

    Song?

    Started in A-mer-ri-ca, (OW!)
    Bank to bank
    Nation to Nation
    Started in A-mer-ri-ca
    Got us all in a recession! (rock my soul!)

  5. Still, these darkies are all much the same to the English upper middle classes aren’t they?

    If we’re doing pedantry today it should be pointed out more than half the Blues Brothers Band were white. As were the MGs.

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