James Brown Drummer John 'Jabo' Starks: 5 Classic Tracks

"Super Bad," "Sex Machine" and other funky landmarks from half of the Godfather of Soul's legendary groove tandem

"Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" (1970)

Starks smacks listeners wide awake at the start of "Sex Machine" with a series of authoritative accents. After that opening salvo, he's slippery but not as combative, ceding the floor to Bootsy Collins' turbocharged bass line. "I'm not trying to outplay anybody else," Starks once explained. "The only thing I want to do is keep that heartbeat going … as long as I can keep that heartbeat going, the bass player or the guitar player or the horn player could do whatever he wants to do because he knows that that solid foundation is back there behind him."