Sometimes the Internet just wants to do us all a solid and bring us a wee bit of curious joy. Today’s such instance is this James Brown ramen commercial, sung to the tune of “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” one of his most well-known songs. Timely, given that Chadwick Boseman-fronted biopic about the singer that just came out.
We’re going to go out on a limb and assume this particular incident didn’t make the film’s script. Not because it’s not infinitely interesting (because it is), but more so because it’s James Brown. In a ramen Commercial. Sung to the tune of “Get Up/Sex Machine.” Made in Japan. (Yes, your “Lost In Translation” jokes are very timely and accurate right now, so go ahead and make them.)
And no, we’re not complaining in the least. Because this, if anything, is a gift.
There is little else in the universe that is as enjoyable as seeing a very famous and acclaimed person doing something so silly that you know they hope never, ever sees the light of day in their home country. No doubt it is a very good thing that the Internet did not exist back when Brown recorded the commercial because, lawd knows, that is exactly what would’ve happened. Because, I mean, it’s a song about noodles, sung to the tune of a song about havin’ sex. And while, yeah, Americans love sex and food (and the two combined therein) perhaps a bit more than the average bear, this is one instance where it’s just so delightfully bizarre.
Miso’n up, miso’n up!