Stars pay tribute to James Brown

Kanye West, Amy Winehouse and Kasabian speak about his influence

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Kanye West, Amy Winehouse and Kasabian are among the musicians who have paid tribute to the influence of James Brown on their career.

Speaking exclusively in this week’s NME,Kasabian's singer Tom Meighan said that if it wasn’t for Brown the band would have not written one of their biggest hits.

Meighan said: “If it wasn’t for James Brown we wouldn’t have written ’LSF’, it’s just pure rhythm ‘n’ blues and funk.

“People have lost a leader, they’ve lost a character…If he was alive, God bless him, he’d be onstage today.”

Ian Brown added that the Stone Roses classic track ’Fools Gold’ was inspired by Brown.

He revealed: “(John) Squire came up with that riff (for ’Fools Gold’) over JB’s ’Funky Drummer’ loop. To me his music was so soulful and powerful, I just don’t think anyone could ever touch him.”

Meanwhile, Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie declared the Godfather of soul also invented hip-hop, techo and punk.

He said: “I think he freed music and took it into the future. Hip-hop, techno, it all comes from James Brown’s late 60’s funk records…He changed music, a couple of times. He’s an originator.”

Be sure to check out this week’s NME, out today, which is a special commemorative James Brown issue. It features tributes from Kanye West and Amy Winehouse, a classic James Brown interview from the NME archives and more.

We also have an exclusive interview with a post ’Celebrity Big Brother’ star Donny Tourette, look at the Kings Of Leon’s new album, plus the definite review of the debut album from The View, ’Hats Off To The Buskers’.

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