Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Invisible Man's Band - "All Night Thing"

(Not Available on iTunes)

(Debuted May 17, 1980, Peaked #45, 10 Weeks on the Chart)

Fans of 1970s music and R&B likely remember a song called "O-o-h Child," which was a #8 hit in the Spring of 1970. The song was performed by a group called The Five Stairsteps, a group made up of several Chicago-based siblings. Four of those brothers -- Keni, Clarence, James and Dennis Burke -- began The Invisible Man's Band in 1979 and soon produced the infectious track "All Night Thing," which brought them back into the R&B Top 10 for the first time since The Five Staristeps broke up.

For those who think that disco music was dead after 1979, this song is proof that the sound wasn't as dead as it was reported to be. In fact, the music went underground for several years, with some tracks like "Funkytown" getting substantial airplay. In some cases, the music was more electronic (disco relied heavily os live string sections) but in the case of "All Night Thing," it sounds very much like a song that would have been a solid hit during the post-Saturday Night Fever heyday of disco. The lyrics don't even try to coyly attempt to suggest it's anything else, either.

Despite what you might think about disco music, "All Night Thing" is worth a listen. it's a great upbeat tune that is easy to get you moving.

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