"Get Up Offa That Thing"
Single by James Brown
from the album Get Up Offa That Thing
B-side"Release the Pressure"
ReleasedMay 1976 (1976-05)
RecordedApril 1976
StudioCriteria Studios, Miami, Florida
  • 4:11 (Get Up Offa That Thing)
  • 5:27 (Release the Pressure)
  • Deanna Brown
  • Deidre Brown
  • Yamma Brown
Producer(s)James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons"
"Get Up Offa That Thing"
"I Refuse to Lose"

"Get Up Offa That Thing" is a song written and performed by James Brown. It was released in 1976 as a two-part single (the B-side, titled "Release the Pressure", is a continuation of the same song). It reached #4 on the R&B chart, briefly returning Brown to the Top Ten after a year's absence, and #45 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1][2] Thanks to its chart success, the song became Brown's biggest hit of the late 1970s. The song's lyrics urge listeners to "Get up offa that thing / and dance 'til you feel better." Due to his troubles with the IRS for failure to pay back taxes, Brown credited authorship of the song to his wife Deidre and their daughters, Deanna and Yamma Brown.


According to Brown, the inspiration for "Get Up Offa That Thing" came to him during a club performance in Fort Lauderdale:

The audience was sitting down, trying to do a sophisticated thing, listening to funk. One of the tightest bands they'd ever heard in their lives, and they were sitting. I had worked hard and dehydrated myself and was feeling depressed. I looked out at all those people sitting there, and because I was depressed they looked depressed. I yelled, "Get up offa that thing and dance til you feel better!" I probably meant until I felt better.[3]

Unlike most popular music of the time, which made sophisticated use of multitrack recording and other techniques, "Get Up Offa That Thing" was recorded live in the studio in only two takes.[4]

Brown re-recorded "Get Up Offa That Thing" for the Doctor Detroit soundtrack album. He also performs the song during his guest appearance in the film. Other performances of the song appear on the albums Hot on the One, Live in New York, Live at Chastain Park, and Live at the Apollo 1995.

Credits and personnel

with The J.B.'s:

Chart performance

Chart (1976) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 45
U.S. Billboard National Disco Top 40[6] 19
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 4

Appearances in other media


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  4. ^ Smith, R.J. (2012). The One: The Life and Music of James Brown, 310. New York: Gotham Books.
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  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974–2003. Record Research. p. 44.
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