Can someone explain the connection between Bowie's "Fame" and James Brown's "Hot"?

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  1. ledsox

    ledsox Forum Resident

    San Diego, CA
    Don't know if it's a cover but I can't imagine the Custard Pie riff came from a Smokey Robinson song but i guess anything's possible.

    I just figured some of these soul artists were doling out a little payback for all the "borrowing" that the white rockers were doing in the 60's and 70's.
  2. swandown

    swandown Under Assistant West Coast Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    The Mother's Finest song is a cover of the Smokey Robinson song, but MF throws in a very familiar guitar riff (that is not present in the 1963 original).

    Mother's Finest - 1977
    Smokey Robinson - 1963
  3. starfieldroad

    starfieldroad chew up your love then swallow

    Things just got a little deeper.

    "Fame" is a reworked version of the song "Foot stomping".

    This article explains all and has video links incl Bowie singing "Foot stomping":

    Rear-View Mirror: The song that both David Bowie and James Brown stole!/blogs/2012/8...g-that-both-David-Bowie-and-James-Brown-stole

    Here's an interview with Carlos where he talks a little about it:

    What's wacky is the originating song was a doo-wop hit by The Flares

    it's like Carlos took Foot Stomping and wrote disco into it.
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