Thursday, October 20, 2011

Club House - "Do it Again/Billie Jean"

(Not Available on iTunes)

(Debuted August 20, 1983, Peaked #75, 5 Weeks on the Chart)

In 1983, there wasn't a star in the world that was bigger than Michael Jackson. It was the year of Thriller, the album that quickly surpassed what any other album had done in the past. It sent seven singles into the Top 40, scored two #1 hits and introduced more R&B artists to MTV's video rotation. For its efforts, Billboard named it the top album for all of 1983 and 1984 as well. At the same time, Jackson introduced the Moonwalk, while the single sequined glove and red jacket became iconic.

At the same time, an Italian studio dance group called Club House took his #1 hit "Billie Jean" and mashed it up with Steely Dan's 1972 hit single "Do it Again." Incredibly, the two songs worked well together as a medley. Though it was not a big hit on the American pop chart, it did manage to get to #11 in the U.K. A different group named Slingshot would also release their own version of the medley, called "Do it Again With Billie Jean." That version didn't chart on the Hot 100 but went to #1 on the dance chart.

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