Frank Black, Mike Watt, Stephen Perkins Pay Tribute To Godfather Of Soul

Legendary "Godfather of Soul" James Brown was one of the first black performers to cross-over and earn widespread acceptance among white audiences. Now, a group of alternative artists will be paying homage to the self-described "hardest working man in showbiz" on a new album entitled "Super Bad at 70: A Tribute to James Brown," due out May 5.

The odd-ball homage to the progenitor of funk will include Frank Black covering "Mother Popcorn: You Gotta Have a Mother for Me," the Fleshtones on "Don't Be a Dropout," and Mike Watt, Money Mark and Stephen Perkins performing "Shhh for a Little While."

In related news, the Associated Press reports that a judge has ordered Brown to enroll in a drug treatment program after the singer pleaded no contest to charges that he illegally discharged a firearm at his home while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance (see "James Brown Facing Drug, Weapons Charges").

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has been given six months to complete the program, as the judge in the case ruled out probation because of Brown's upcoming tour schedule.