Though known for their original funk and R&B stylings, The Main Squeeze have also delighted fans for years with a variety of choice covers. The genre-hopping act added to that collection on Tuesday with a cover of the James Brown classic “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine”.
This video comes as the band’s latest cover following the Yuletide take on “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker. Other recent homages have included Stevie Wonder, Rage Against The Machine, Derek and the Dominos, and even an entire Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon livestream.
The Main Squeeze’s cover of “Sex Machine” finds the band joined by Julian Dessler (John Fogerty) on trumpet and Alex Wasily (Isley Brothers/Dumpstaphunk/Tower of Power) on trombone to get that full-fledged funk effect. In true James Brown style, frontman Corey Frye goes all in with the iconic singer’s opening monologue, asking his backing band, “can I count it off?”
From there, the extended lineup enters into a sprawling take on the R&B classic as the lead runs the gamut of the room. From instrument to instrument, everyone gets their hands on this one as the band carries the groove past the 15-minute mark. Through all of the instrumental improvisational passages, The Main Squeeze always find their way back to the song’s earworm theme before bringing the track to a close.
Watch The Main Squeeze cover James Brown’s classic “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine” and check out the band’s Squeeze House artist page on Spotify for more funky covers.
The Main Squeeze – “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine” (James Brown)