Monday, July 2, 2012

Vaughan Mason & Crew - "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll"

Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll - Roll Bounce (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)

(Debuted March 22, 1980, Peaked #81, 3 Weeks on the Chart)

Here's a song that has lived on in perpetuity thanks to its inclusion in a number of rap samples over the years. While the song was built upon the bass line from Chic's 1979 song "Good Times" -- to be fair, so were "Rapper's Delight" and "Another One Bites the Dust" -- the "rock skate, roll bounce" chant has taken on a life of its own. It's remained visible through exposure on classic "old school" R&B radio and even gave the 2005 film Roll Bounce a title despite the fact that it wasn't around during the 1978 setting of that movie.

There's not a lot of info out there about Vaughan Mason or his Crew. Evidently, the East Coast band was active from 1979-'82, the lead singer was actually Jerome Bell and their later singles flopped. However, the groove they established with their one hit (which went #5 on the R&B chart) has kept them around for years.

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