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One Hit Wonders - TONE LOC (1989)
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"Funky Cold Medina" by Tone Loc - 

Like Loc's other hit "Wild Thing," this was written by Marvin Young, who recorded as Young MC. Both songs have a similar sound and comical lyrics. "Wild Thing" was the first ever Platinum-certified Rap single; "Medina" was the second.
In 1959, The Clovers recorded Love Potion #9, and took almost 30 more years before another song about a powerful aphrodisiac became a big hit. In this song, Loc's love potion is the Funky Cold Medina, which is so powerful it even works on dogs. Loc makes it clear that you have to be very careful with the Medina, or it could have unintended consequences, like marriage.
This song contains a soup of samples. The drum break is from "Get Off Your Ass and Jam" by Funkadelic, and the main guitar riff is from "Hot Blooded" by Foreigner. Other samples are "Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones (when this song is mentioned), "Christine Sixteen" by KISS, "All Right Now" by Free, "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive. (thanks, Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR)
The dogs mentioned in the lyrics were spokesdogs of the '80s. Spuds McKenzie shilled for Budweiser and Alex sold Strohs.
Tone Loc is the stage name of Anthony Terrell Smith. His stage name comes from "Antonio Loco" ("Crazy Antonio"), a nickname his friends gave him.
Tome Loc's gravelly, hoarse voice was the result of a childhood tea-drinking accident that left his throat scalded.

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1989 - Year End Charts

1 Chicago Look Away
2 Bobby Brown My Prerogative
3 Poison Every Rose Has Its Thorn
4 Paula Abdul Straight Up
5 Janet Jackson Miss You Much
6 Paula Abdul Cold Hearted
7 Bette Midler Wind Beneath My Wings
8 Milli Vanilli Girl You Know Its True
9 Will To Power Baby, I Love Your Way-Freebird
10 Anita Baker Giving You The Best That I Got

65 Tone Loc Funky Cold Medina

| Closed on 05/16/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
12 Fans 
17%a. 10 (Great Song)
33%b. 7-9 (I liked that song)
42%c. 5-6 (Meh)
8%d. Who? What? Huh?

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