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Movin’ – Brass Construction

Brass Construction 1 features Movin'Disco is the greatest form of music in really tiny doses. Or the most disposable.

A song like “Movin'” by Brass Construction is exhibit A in that argument.

When people first heard this song on the dance floors of disco clubs, they lapped it up like a starving kitten snarfs Meow Mix.

Then they let it settle in, percolate a bit, and discovered they liked it. A lot.

Movin’ by Brass Construction reached #14 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1976 making Brass Construction a one-hit wonder. Not bad for a band who started playing together in 1968 but didn’t reach the Billboard Top 40 until 1976 when disco was just lighting up dance floors.

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Listen to Movin’ by Brass Construction

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Now here’s the strange thing. Although “Movin'” was a legitimate hit and dance floor anthem, it’s completely forgotten today. Seriously, step up if you’re a Brass Construction fan and have heard this song anywhere outside your CD, 8-track or vinyl collection in the last 20 years.

This song is disposable and easily forgotten.

In fact, it’s a forgotten one-hit wonder and, if you ignore the minimal singing, you can almost peg it as an instrumental one-hit wonder as well.

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As for my ears, I’ve heard enough. I’ll be movin’ along myself now.

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I'm an obsessive music collector, cataloger, commenter and trivia nut. Sometimes I'm even a listener. One-hit wonders have always been a guilty pleasure.

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5 Responses to "Movin’ – Brass Construction"

  1. hm insulators says:

    That’s one I definitely don’t remember. But in 1976, I hadn’t yet discovered Casey Kasem.

  2. Soulhead 1981 says:

    You dont have a clue what you are talking about.
    MovinA one hit wonder ??? Do you know anything about music at all?
    Firstly dont call my music disposable because it is not.To me your tuneless neanderthal guitar music is disposable. Jazz/Funk Disco is far more sophisticated and intelligent than anything that that talentless noisey rock/metal mob ever produced. Thats not Music just noise and Screeching.

    BRASS CONSTRUCTION ONE HIT WONDERS!!? ROFL. Randy Muller
    is a legend his grooves lit up the Dancefloor back in the 70s. They were and still are one of the most popular bands of the Era .Go onto Youtube and see if Brass Construction are forgotten .Just recently they were playing to packed out audiences here in Londons 02 arena. Even over here they are Legends. Stick to speaking about music that you know about because i can tell you know nothing about Funk,Disco or Black music in general If you think Brass Construction are one hit wonders. Go take a listen to Skky ,BT Express,Raphael Cameron and some of the other acts he Randy created or was involved with.
    Leave Black music alone you are clearly not qualified to comment on it.

    MikeD
    Soulhead71-81

  3. Michael Waterman says:

    Thanks for your comment, Soulhead 1981.

    Toponehitwonders.com uses the Billboard Top 40 as the criteria to call someone a one-hit wonder. That doesn’t mean a band doesn’t have more than one hit; many do. It simply means that a particular artist or band only reached the Billboard Top 40 one time in their career. Please read my definition of What is a One-Hit Wonder

    By that standard, Brass Construction is indeed a one-hit wonder. But that doesn’t mean I dislike the song. Not at all. But “Movin'” and Brass Construction aren’t household names like “Staying Alive” by Bee Gees or “I Love the Nightlife” by Alicia Bridges.

    That certainly doesn’t mean Brass Construction wasn’t talented or have a lasting legacy. Consider Eugene Record and the Chi-Lites. Not nearly as famous as The Spinners, The O-Jays, Earth, Wind & Fire or many other early 1970s soul bands but, in my opinion, equally great.

    Bill Withers is arguably not as famous as either Al Green or Marvin Gaye but in my book, the man’s songs and voice are sublime.

    Miles Davis is the big name in jazz-playing trumpet players. But give Freddie Hubbard a listen. Or try Sonny Stitt or Stanley Turrentine instead of the tried-and-true Charlie Parker or Coltrane.

    I think you would be quite surprised by what I know about, to quote you, “Funk, Disco or Black music in general.” I love the stuff.

    In terms of disco, I’m a huge fan. I have box sets of disco classics. Two of the first records I ever purchased with my own money were disco albums. I’m a fan of Skyy and BT Express, along with a whole bunch of obscure funk, jazz and disco records.

    But no matter how much we argue about the merits of bands and artists, my criteria remains the same: if a band reaches the Billboard Top 40 only once, they are considered a one-hit wonder. That qualifies Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and, yes, Public Enemy as one-hit wonders. We don’t need to debate the impact of each of those bands but the indisputable facts are that none of them were ever regular pop chart toppers.

    I’m loving your passion for the songs. Please continue to comment and challenge my ideas and opinions.

    Peace,
    Michael Waterman

  4. Soulhead 1981 says:

    Thank you for your reply. Needless to say i disagreed with your defenition of a one hit wonder and had to take issue. To me the normally accepted defenition of a one hit wonder is a band or act who have a hit then disapear never to be heard of again. The term one hit wonder is generally used to describe a band / act, often but not always talentless, who just got lucky once. There are often tv programs where such acts are remembered, discussed and generally scorned and ridiculed by the presenter or presenters.
    So when i saw you had legends like Brass Construction, a musical genius like Patrice Rushen or an album (which Luther Vandross described as one of his greatest ever), from a band like Change who later under Jam/lewis went on to co-dominate the mid 80s Funk Sound with the SOS band….well It just begged the question does this fella actually know what hes talking about!

    As for being a houshold name .Well justin beeber or whatever his name is household name, so are Jedward and a whole host of untalented non entities that infest the music industry at present .We had a host of brilliant Jazz-funk-soul acts in the late 70s/80s, many were never famous but as for being a houshold name, topping the pop charts means very little to true lovers of music.The grooves of those bands were far superior to anything in the mainstream and its their grooves that the rappers and so-called Acid jazz bands are still using today i hear them all the time. As a man who seems to love music iam surprised you hold the billboard top 40 in such high esteem :)
    You described Disco as the most disposable? On what do you base that. Quality of sound, singing, harmonies,structure? To me the Orchestral,Jazz-funk-soul- fusion of the Disco years is some of the cleverest mucic ever made. Nothing has come close in all these years.
    The emotions some of these sounds created bordered on the Transcendental.Those sounds were deep not just surface guitar noise.
    The incredible Jazz / Soul of Earth Wind and Fire, the Jazz / funk of Johnny Hammond, George Benson, Herbie hancock, Roy Ayres, George Duke ,Quincy Jones, Rod / Temperton the Brothers Johnson..not sure how you label that Disposable. If so I would love to know what souless sreeching guitar noise you would put up against these musical geniuses as being in-disposable :)
    Thing is Michael you are correct about passion and iam surley passionate about the Funk.You also have a right to set your own criteria on which we will agree to disagree. Nevertheless its still a good idea for a site and i hope it continues to grow.

    Peace and respect
    Soulhead 1981

  5. Michael Waterman says:

    Soulhead 1981,

    Thanks for the follow-up comment. Lots of great ideas and I’ll only address a few.

    I describe disco as disposable only because many people treat it as such. For years people were embarrassed to admit they owned Donna Summer or Bee Gees records. Get over it, I say!

    Personally, my favorite disco band is Chic. Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers and Tony Thompson created some of the most brilliant dance music of all time–for themselves and many other bands. I call them out in my article about “A Lover’s Holiday” by Change.

    An interesting side note is that I’ve spent a few hours talking with a man named Hack Bartholomew who plays trumpet in New Orleans and actually introduced Nile Rodgers to Bernard Edwards. It’s a fascinating story and Hack also did session work with George Benson and many other jazz artists in the 1970s. A great guy with a great ear for talent.

    I don’t personally consider disco disposable and am proud to say I’m a fan. Disco is only disposable inasmuch as grunge is disposable or today’s bubblegum pop is disposable. People love it for a limited time and then jettison it for the next “big thing” or “big sound.” But the hardcore music fan hears the musicianship and knows the players and the grooves stand the test of time. You’re obviously one of those listeners.

    Another sidenote: one of the coolest drummers ever is James Gadson who played on countless disco songs. But my favorite work of his is on “Use Me” by Bill Withers. So understated, yet devastatingly cool. Watch Gadson during the video. Love it!

    I use the Billboard Top 40 because I needed a benchmark and limit to what counts as a one-hit wonder. In the United States, you either use the Top 40 or Hot 100 to categorize one-hit wonders. Anything else would make this site too broad and unwieldy.

    Again, thanks for your comments and I hope you’ll continue to share your ideas and passion for great songs and bands that are too-often forgotten.
    Michael

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