Thursday, May 10, 2012

Kool & the Gang - "Get Down On It"

Get Down On It - Something Special

(Debuted February 27, 1982, Peaked #10, 17 Weeks on the Chart)

For those who say that Disco died in 1979, I usually point out that it really didn't die as much as it went underground. Kool & the Gang's "Get Down On it" is a case in point. While it's definitely more of a funk-based groove than the string-laden Disco, there's little doubt that the song would have been a decent hit if it had been released in the late 1970s. Released in 1982 -- just a couple of years beyond the Disco backlash -- a song about getting on the dance floor still managed to make the pop Top 10.

If you feel that Kool & the Gang wandered too far into the pop mainstream in the 1980s, "Get Down On it" is an example of where they're still letting it all hang out. While the main lyric of the song (a repetition of the title with occasional verses by J.T. Taylor tossed in) would sound like "filler" material in lesser hands, the funk groove underneath gives it a really big boost. In fact, if it doesn't brighten up your day, you might be dead.

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