Friday, July 11, 2014

"Steppin' Out" by Kool & the Gang

Song#:  0913
Date:  02/13/1982
Debut:  89
Peak:  89
Weeks:  2
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  The Gang's second single from their "Something Special" album was only a brief blip on the chart for a couple of weeks. It did okay at R&B reaching #12, but it just wasn't in the same league as their previous #1 hits. The band would rebound quite well with their next single.

ReduxReview:  Although not among their best singles, I think this deserved a little bit better than its measly two weeks on the chart. It's a nice groove with some good horn lines and I can easily jam to it. The tune isn't as immediate or hooky as some of their hits, but I enjoyed it.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  There are a handful of groups who have titled one of their songs after their own name, such as Black Sabbath doing "Black Sabbath" or Bad Company doing "Bad Company." Even fewer have charted with said song. Kool & the Gang were able to accomplished this feat with their very first single. "Kool & the Gang" was released in 1969 and reach #59 at pop and #19 at R&B. A few more groups have done this where the name is just a part of the title, such as Big Country's "In a Big Country" or Queen's "Killer Queen," but an exact group/title occurrence is rare on the chart. There will be another 80s song that will chart later in 1982 with their name as Talk Talk will reach #75 with "Talk Talk"


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