To explore the roots of this fascination (and perhaps convince you to join me as well), I’ll occasionally tell you about a random song I’m currently obsessed with. Today, it is a little-known gem. KC and the Sunshine Band.
yes, KC and the Sunshine Band. please listen.
The year is 1982. Seven years after “(That’s the Way) I Like It”.Three years after the infamous incident disco demolition night. One year after the appearance of MTV.
Throughout the commercial heyday of disco, the hit-making formula worked quite well for KC and the Sunshine Band. From 1975 to his 1976, they scored his four No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100. — I wasn’t going to cut it anymore. that is”in her 80’s now. future. It’s time to ditch the bellbottoms, buy a ton of criminally expensive synthesizers, and make low-budget, daringly low-concept music videos in abandoned arcades.it was time for “(you said) give me more” The lead track from the Florida band’s 1982 album, All in a Night’s Work, is charming and largely unmemorable.
I didn’t know KC and the Sunshine Band ever sounded like this. “Gimme Some More” has a dark intensity, featuring a distorted synth-based backbone and a hard-driving, mechanized beat that dampens the signature celebratory brass blasts. When I first heard the song, it was easy to convince myself that it was produced by Giorgio Moroder, not the group’s founders Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch.
I have to confess here that I first heard this song not too long ago. And the reason it came into my life was, incidentally, Anglophobia. Remember when a mob of Irish football hooligans went wild in the aftermath of Queen Elizabeth’s death last year? sing Extremely rude lyrics to a song by KC and the Sunshine Band “Abandon it”So my boyfriend reminded me that ‘Give It Up’ is actually a pretty great song.? And when he went to stream “All in a Night’s Work,” he stumbled upon this stone-cold jam.
Know a song that was a local hit in your friend’s circle or group chat? “Gimme Some More” quickly became one of them. Now it’s a song I put on when I have control over his AUX chords, usually asking unsuspecting people for a guess. try and guess — who recorded it? A few months ago I had a friend play it in the car and even forced him to watch the whole thing. 7 and a half minute music video. His verdict was “There is something terrifying about this man’s energy.”
The comparison with Mr. Moroder is not so far-fetched.Producer who worked on both Donna Summerof “Love To Love You Baby” (1975) and blondieof “call me” (1980) made the transition from disco to new wave as gracefully as possible as a musician. His aesthetic path was worth following. But it’s easy to see why the ecstatic, hilarious “Give It Up” sold better to the man in “Boogie Shoes” than the more aggressive and nervous “Gimme Some More.” can.
I don’t vouch for every song on “All in a Night’s Work.” The next song is titled “Party With Your Body” and contains the lyric “Now Jazzercise is the latest trend”. So, to make this journey through the rabbit hole of 80s KC and Sunshine his band a little gentler, I’ve created a short playlist with some contemporary Moroder tracks. It also bridges the gap between disco, funk and funk. new wave. I haven’t reserved an abandoned arcade where you can dance. I will leave that task to you.
don’t stop what you’re doing,
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“Gimme Some More (and More)” tracklist
Track 1: KC and the Sunshine Band “(You Said) You’d Gimme Some More”
Track 2: Giorgio Moroder “Chase”
Track 3: Donna Summer “Pandora’s Box”
Track 4: Giorgio Moroder “Palm Springs Drive (American Gigolo Soundtrack Version)”
Track 5: KC and the Sunshine Band ‘Give It Up’
This week, I am saddened by the brutal Game 7 loss of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Semifinals to my beloved but singular star-crossed Philadelphia 76ers.I offer them with tears Boys II Menof “End of the road.”