KFJC: Doin’ It To Death, the Annual 24 Hour James Brown Birthday Special

Tuesday, May 3, 2pm

As many of you are aware, I spent nine glorious years on the air at KFJC; 88-97, as The Reverend Dah Wave. I started there fresh out of high school, at the age of 18, with rough idea of what “eclectic” meant. Actually, at that time, KFJC was known as an “alternative” station. Then Nirvana had to go and get famous, and “alternative” ended up meaning “crap”. By the time I left in 1997, I was very well schooled in the finer points of quality music. I also learned that there was no way in hell I would ever work for a commercial radio station. Radio is an art form, and one to be taken seriously, even when you’re having a goofy time playing Frank Sinatra back to back with Megadeth.

After James Brown died on Christmas, 2006, Spliff Skankin’ of KFJC’s Jah’s Music organized the first James Brown celebration. I jumped at the chance. Now the special happens around his birthday (May 1st). The month of May in KFJC-land is known as Mayhem. It’s a month full of specials. I once hosted a 15 1/2 hour Miles Davis special. I also co-hosted, along with Kevin Odante, and the late-great Spiderman a Curtis Mayfield, Jerry “the Iceman” Butler, and the Impressions special.

All Mayhem long there are some great specials, including a Captain Beefheart special coming up.

Good times.

Today is the fifth annual Doin’ It To Death 24 Hour James Brown Birthday Extravaganza!

I was on 10am-2pm.

You can go here to listen to the entire show. Look for “Doin’ it to Death”. It’s broken up into one hour segments.

Or, you can go here to listen to my four hours.

Hour one

Hour two

Hour three

Hour four

And below is the playlist from my set.

I played this gem from the TAMI show.

John Hell is Doin’ It To DEATH 10-2pm
Brown, James Cold Sweat Live in Dallas 08-26-68
Brown, James Since You’ve Been Gone Funk Power
Brown, James Think Make it Funky
Slaughter’s Big R (soundtrack) Sexy, Sexy, Sexy Slaughter’s Bi…(James Brown)
Brown, James Summertime Mutha’s Nature
Brown, James Don’t Be a Drop Out Ain’t that a Groove
Maceo & All the Kings Men Funky Women Doing Their Own Thing
Collins, Bootsy Shine-O-Myte One Giveth, the
Wesley, Fred & The New J.B.’s Breakin’ Bread Breakin’ Bread
Jungle Brothers Straight Out the Junglle Straight Out the Jungle
Ice-T Power (LANGUAGE) Power
Queen Latifah Nature of a Sista
Kool Moe Dee I Go to Work Knowledge Is King
Schoolly D Am I Black Enough For You?
Beastie Boys Hey Ladies Paul’s Boutique
Brown, James That’s Life Live at the Apollo, VOL.2 PT.1
Brown, James Papa Don’t Take No Mess Make it Funky
Brown, James Get Up->Soul Power->Get Up Live in Paris 03/18/71
Brown, James Licking Sitck, Licking Stick Live in Dallas 08-26-68
Brown, James Funky President (People It’s Dead on the Heavy Funk 74-76
Brown, James Mother Popcorn (Part 1) It’s a Mother
Brown, James Mother Popcorn (Part 2) It’s a Mother
Brown, James Come Rain or Come Shine Plays James Brown
Brown, James It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s Wor Live..At the Apollo Vol 2 Pt 2
Brown, James Escapism Make it Funky
Brown, James The Payback Payback, The
Brown, James You Mother You Sho Is Funky Down Here
Lusson, Robert Free James Brown
Dupree, Nancy James Brown Ghetto Reality
Brown, James For Once In My Life JamesBrownJazz
Brown, James Out of Sight TAMI Special
Brown, James You Can Have Watergate, Just Gimme Some Bucks and I’ll Be St Singles 1972-1973, The
Brown, James Intro->Living in America Live SF Hilton Ballroom 10/12/92
Brown, James The Spank Jam 1980’s
Brown, James Blind Man Can See It (extended) Blind Man Can See It
Brown, James I Feel Good Sex Machine Today

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