Thursday, June 1, 2017

play that funky music, hey funky music (???)

YouTube Comment:

-------------- oohhhh.. the groove is real!

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"Play That Funky Music"

Part of the magic power of this song is that -- when you hear it, even if you don't like it -- you love it.  Uninvited, it becomes part of you.

It's like -- some kind of mysterious musical potion, undeniable and encompassing.

(O-k, right, what were they doing? - yeah they was


and singin'

and movin' to the groovin' ...)

---------------- The intro sounds similar to the intro of Stevie Wonder's song "Superstition" -- same irresistible winding, popping syncopation....

Go on YouTube and

1.  Play "Play That Funky Music" all the way through and dance

2.  Then start it over again and listen closely to just the intro, then

3.  Type in "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder and hear that Intro -- and then enjoy the rest of the song.  Also, dance.

(There will not be a quiz on Friday....)


"Play That Funky Music" by the band Wild Cherry was the first release by the Cleveland, Ohio

-based Sweet City record label, in April 1976.  Written by Wild Cherry lead singer Rob Parissi, the single became number one on the Billboard Hot 100, September 18, 1976.

Additional info:

||   Rob Parissi was from the Ohio steel mill town of Mingo Junction in Jefferson County.

||   There is an edited version of "Play That Funky Music" that leaves out the phrase "white boy" -- it was released for radio airplay around the Boston area, as the original version was briefly banned there. 

Instead of "white boy," the words, "hey, funky music" were substituted (Epic cat# AE7 1107).  That version is now a collector's item.

||   In 1988, the band Roxanne reached number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a cover version.