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One Hit Wonders -EDDIE MURPHY (1986)
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"Party All the Time" by Eddie Murphy - 

A hit song by Eddie Murphy? Yes, Beverly Hills Cop Eddie Murphy? Well, it was the middle of the '80s, and Eddie was just that hot. Eddie Murphy actually has had an extensive singing career, it's just not his biggest claim to fame. He had another Billboard Hot 100 hit single in 1989 with the cringe-inducing title "Put Your Mouth On Me," which reached #27. Besides two solo music albums, he's also done some of the songs in films he's appeared in, such as the Shrek franchise and 1988's Coming to America. He's also provided vocals in odd places like Saturday Night Live sketches ("Wookin' Pa Nub," anyone?), backing for The BusBoys, and hey, even appeared in Michael Jackson's video "Remember The Time."
 
The first time Murphy was taken seriously for his music by the critical masses came when he starred in the 2006 movie Dreamgirls. Regarding his musical aspirations, he told Rolling Stone in 2011, "I never stopped recording music - I just stopped putting it out. Because when you see actors singing, it's like, 'Hey, don't come in here in my f--king music section, stay over there. Don't do your actor s--t over here."
 
"Party All the Time" now stands as a prime example of cheesy '80s music, all synthesizer-ed to death and repetitive. It's been ranked by both VH1 and AOL Radio on their "worst songs" lists. It's seen some remixes and covers in the late 2010s, as well as having gotten a nod in "Weird Al" Yankovic's Polka Party!
 
Understandably, Murphy had a hard time convincing people to take this song, and his music career, seriously. In 1982, he released a novelty song called "Boogie In Your Butt," and was known for his acting and comedy. His secret weapon was Rick James of "Super Freak" fame, who wrote, produced and arranged the song (Murphy also got a writing credit). James gave the song musical credibility, and he was featured in the video, which MTV put in heavy rotation. Murphy would promote the song by exclaiming, "How come every time I open my mouth I'm supposed to say something funny!"
 
Eddie Murphy made it safe for '80s acting stars to record songs on the side. In 1986, Don Johnson of Miami Vice fame hit #5 with "Heartbeat," and he charted again in 1988 on a duet with Barbra Streisand called "Till I Loved You." The Moonlighting star Bruce Willis got into the act in 1987 with a #5 charting cover of "Respect Yourself."
 
The lyrical content of this song is kind of unusual considering Murphy's swagger and stature. He sings about a girl who goes out all night and sleeps with other guys even though he's the one buying her flowers and diamond jewelry. Bobby Brown sang about a similar situation a few years later in "Don't Be Cruel," but at least he had the fortitude to remind the ungrateful damsel that "there's a lot of girls out there that won't say no." Murphy just rolls over, complaining, "I wish you'd bring some of your love home to me." You'd think he would give her the mack daddy vibe and let her know the deal.
 
The white guy who shows up in the control room in the video is Les Garland, who was one of the founders of MTV. His appearance was a peace offering by Rick James, who accused Garland of being a racist when the network refused to play the "Super Freak" video in 1981. Garland's side of the story was that the "Super Freak" video was low quality and too explicit, and that MTV played very few black videos because they tried to stick with a Rock format early on, and because very few videos were made by black artists, as record companies weren't funding them.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=23569

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1986 - Year End Charts


1 Dionne and Friends That's What Friends Are For
2 Lionel Richie Say You, Say Me
3 Klymaxx I Miss You
4 Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald On My Own
5 Mr. Mister Broken Wings
6 Whitney Houston How Will I Know
7 Eddie Murphy Party All The Time
8 Survivor Burning Heart
9 Mr. Mister Kyrie
10 Robert Palmer Addicted To Love

| Closed on 04/06/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
15 Fans 
0%a. 10 (Great song)
0%b. 7-9 (Liked that song)
27%c. 5-6 - (That song was just ok)
60%d. HAHAHAHAHA!
13%e. Worst song ever!

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#5 | 533 days ago

Yeah...top 10?  I think NOT
5-6 - (That song was just ok)  
  
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#1 | 533 days ago
Nick__ (+)

no -  this song was a joke when it came out and it still is.


We used to sing   "My Girl goes to the potty all the time, potty all the time, pooooottty.....allll....the tiiiiime"
Worst song ever!  
#2 | 533 days ago

I still have this 12 inch somewhere, HA! I have NO idea why, but I do. Actually it needs to be framed and on a wall. I will keep you posted.
5-6 - (That song was just ok)  
#3 | 533 days ago

I've been known to break this one out a time or two. (Don Johnson's and Patrick Swayze's, too)
HAHAHAHAHA!  
#4 | 533 days ago
Nick__ (+)

1 Dionne and Friends That's What Friends Are For

PS - Dionne Warwick makes me want to run full speed into a brick wall...is there anyone else that can't stand her as much as I do?
Worst song ever!  
#5 | 533 days ago

Yeah...top 10?  I think NOT
5-6 - (That song was just ok)  
#6 | 533 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
1 Dionne and Friends That's What Friends Are For

PS - Dionne Warwick makes me want to run full speed into a brick wall...is there anyone else that can't stand her as much as I do?
her, her friends and that song just straight up SUCKED.
HAHAHAHAHA!  
#7 | 533 days ago

wot?
HAHAHAHAHA!  
#8 | 532 days ago

Personally, I liked "Wookin' Pa Nub" better.
HAHAHAHAHA!  
#9 | 532 days ago
Nick__ (+)

MIKELIN8 wrote:
Personally, I liked "Wookin' Pa Nub" better.
He was da sh** when he was on SNL!
Worst song ever!  
#10 | 532 days ago

he had his comedy career to fall back on..enuff said
HAHAHAHAHA!  
#11 | 528 days ago

Charlie Murphy could have a better track
5-6 - (That song was just ok)  

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