Sunday, January 18, 2015

"You Dropped a Bomb on Me" by The Gap Band

Song#:  1140
Date:  08/14/1982
Debut:  85
Peak:  31
Weeks:  13
Genre:  R&B, Funk

Pop Bits:  The Gap Band were at the peak of their powers with their album "Gap Band IV," thanks to the #1 R&B hit "Early in the Morning," which became their biggest pop entry reaching #24. This second single was another significant hit for them reaching #2 at R&B and peaking just shy of the pop Top 30. The song is probably their most recognizable hit thanks to its use on several movie soundtracks and at various sporting events.

ReduxReview:  This electrofunk tune is just awesome. Really, the song just repeats the same four bars over and over, but The Gap Band does plenty to keep it interesting. Usually something this repetitive can get boring quickly, but when it's done this well, you just want to keep groovin' along - at least I do.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  After the 9/11 attacks, radio conglomerate Clear Channel issued a list of songs to their stations that they thought might be insensitive and suggested the songs should not be played. While not a mandated ban on the songs, the list did cause some controversy. Among the 165 songs listed, this one from The Gap Band was included.


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