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Movin’ – Brass Construction

Movin’ – Brass Construction

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 … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Dynomite Part 1 – Tony Camillo’s Bazuka

Dynomite Part 1 – Tony Camillo’s Bazuka

Disco started in the gay night clubs of New York City in the mid-1970s. It became mainstream following Saturday Night Fever’s success in 1977 and was a cursed and hated genre by 1979 when “Disco Sucks” slogans appeared on everything from t-shirts to bumper stickers. One of the biggest complaints is that disco was produced by studio groups who didn’t tour, didn’t perform but merely churned out records that all sounded the same. If you were … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Funky Nassau Part 1 – The Beginning of the End

Funky Nassau Part 1 – The Beginning of the End

Three brothers on organ, bass and drums. One buddy on bass. One indelible and funky groove. That’s the formula for “Funky Nassau – Part 1” by The Beginning of the End. This tune by the four boys from Nassau, Bahamas was originally released on a local single that was picked up by Atlantic Records and repackaged and released on the 1971 record titled Funky Nassau. “Funky Nassau Part 1” by The Beginning of the End reached #15 … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry

Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry

It’s time to honor one of the all-time classic one-hit wonders. “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry sounded amazing when it was released in 1976 and still sounds amazing today. It’s white-boy funk at its finest and makes people shake their booties, even if they detest 1970s music. Ask any songwriter and it’s likely they’ll tell you that one or two of their best songs were written in a fit of inspiration. While it’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Take Your Time (Do It Right) – The SOS Band

Take Your Time (Do It Right) – The SOS Band

Is “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” by The SOS Band the last great disco one-hit wonder? I would argue it’s a natural bridge between late 1970s disco and early 1980s funk/r&b hits. The funky and distinctive analog synthesizer sounds of early ’80s funk in the mix peg it as a funk tune in the tradition of bands like The Gap Band and Cameo. But the guitar work, background vocals and orchestral bells peg this song … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Groove Is In the Heart – Deee-Lite

Groove Is In the Heart – Deee-Lite

Twenty years ago this week, groove seemed to be in everyone’s heart. That’s because “Groove Is In the Heart” by Dee-Lite hit #4 on the Billboard Top 40. This is a one-hit wonder that is every bit as awesome, amazing and perfect today as it was then. Listen to it. Now. Bootsy Collins on bass (gotta love Bootsy since he was a key part of James Brown and the JBs in 1970 when they released “Get Up … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop