Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"Stomp!" by The Brothers Johnson

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0089
Date:  03/15/1980
Debut:  86
Peak:  7
Weeks:  19
Genre:  R&B, Dance

Pop Bits:  Brothers George and Louis had worked backing up artists like the Supremes and Billy Preston before Quincy Jones came calling and hired them to play on his "Mellow Madness" album. In addition, he recorded four of their compositions. This eventually led to Jones producing four platinum albums (three R&B #1's and one #2) for the brothers from 1976 through 1980. Along the way they were able to get three pop Top 10 hits including this one. It is from their last album with Jones called "Light Up the Night."

ReduxReview:  On first listen, I didn't think I had heard this song. But when the chorus kicked in with the "everybody take it to the top," it jogged my memory right away. If this don't make your shoes groove, then you don't move - don't block the dance floor!

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The album cover for "Light Up the Night" has, in some ways, surpassed the popularity of the music. You can find several sites and lists that will mention the cover as one of the worst. It has been described as tacky, inappropriate, cheesy, laughable, or just plain bad. I'm sure the meaning of this was intentional, but it does make you wonder "what were they thinking?" I think it is hilarious. Take a look...



  1. I think the cover is awesome. R&B/Funk that is ~4:00 minutes is also right at the top of my list. That funk bass breakdown in the middle is pretty awesome too. This verges on "love it" but I don't think that it quite makes it to that level.

  2. Chart Run: 86 - 70 - 50 - 45 - 30 - 28 - 24 - 21 - 18 - 16 - 7 - 7 - 17 - 17 - 18 - 24 - 28 - 63 - 95