Monday, July 28, 2014

"Get Down on It" by Kool & the Gang

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0930
Date:  02/27/1982
Debut:  88
Peak:  10
Weeks:  17
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  The band's album "Something Special" didn't get off to a great start at pop with "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)" hitting #17 and the follow-up "Steppin' Out" barely making the chart at #89. Two weeks after "Steppin' Out" debuted, it seemed the label knew they needed a better song to revive the album. This third single was rushed out and it did indeed help as it became the album's biggest hit and the group's sixth Top 10 gold record. The single helped push the LP to platinum status.

ReduxReview:  While the previous two singles were good, this one easily eclipses them. Why this wasn't issued as the first single is a true mystery. It is catchy and memorable with a cool groove and nice horn pops. This is what I expect from this era of the band.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  In 2012, Kool & the Gang set out on tour as the opening act for...Van Halen? Yup. David Lee Roth caught the band's show the previous year at the Glastonbury Festival and loved them. He then pursued getting them as the opener on Van Halen's reunion tour. The odd pairing proved to be successful and returned Kool & the Gang to the spotlight.


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