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One Hit Wonders - JOHNNY KEMP (1988)
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"Just Got Paid" by Johnny Kemp - 

A New Jack Swing classic and #1 R&B hit, this is a party song about a wonderful Friday night out with your friends: you're dressed up, looking good and have a full wallet because you just got paid.
 
The track was written and produced by Teddy Riley, who was an architect of the New Jack Swing sound, responsible for hits by Bobby Brown, Guy, Heavy D, Keith Sweat and many others before teaming up with Jimmy Jam to find even greater success working with Janet Jackson. Riley offered the song to Keith Sweat, who turned it down. In The Billboard Book of #1 R&B Hits, Kemp explained: "Keith took me over to Teddy's house and he didn't stay very long. That very day, he gave me the track for 'Just Got Paid' and I completed the lyrics. The chorus was already done and the basic premise of the song was already there. It was just a matter of completing the verses. I was trying to incorporate some of the contemporary language that was going on at the time: 'lookin' fly' and 'the posse' and all that. It was something he was working on with Keith and apparently Keith didn't like it enough to put it on his record. I liked it enough to put it on mine."
 
Johnny Kemp was born in Nassau in the Bahamas, and moved to New York as a teenager in 1979 to front a group called Kinky Fox. In the '80s, he became part of the club singer scene, which is where he met Keith Sweat and Teddy Riley. He cracked the Top-40 again with the #36 "Birthday Suit" from the 1989 movie Sing.
 
Kemp recorded his vocal at the end of the night as a scratch track in one take, and that take was the one they used on the recording.
 
Aaron Hall from the group Guy was brought in for background vocals.
 
The songwriter credits on this one are a little fudgy. Officially, it's listed as by Johnny Kemp and Gene Griffin. Griffin, who died in 2009, was a music executive who partnered with Riley. It's unclear if Griffin had any part in writing the song.
 
Kemp's Secrets of Flying album was released in December, 1987. "Just Got Paid" peaked on the charts in June, 1988.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=21492

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1988 - Year End Charts

1 George Michael Faith
2 INXS Need You Tonight
3 George Harrison Got My Mind Set On You
4 Rick Astley Never Gonna Give You Up
5 Guns N' Roses Sweet Child O' Mine
6 Whitney Houston So Emotional
7 Belinda Carlisle Heaven Is A Place On Earth
8 Tiffany Could've Been
9 Breathe Hands To Heaven
10 Steve Winwood Roll With It

| Closed on 05/25/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
9 Fans 
11%a. 10 (Great Song)
0%b. 7-9 (Good Song)
22%c. 5-6 (Ok Song)
56%d. Who? What? Huh?
11%e. JUST GOT LAID?! WHAT THE ____?! :O

 &nbp;
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#2 | 546 days ago

(Edited by kobe_lova)
I still dance to this song. It was great back when I was the dj for drunk grown people. Get doooown... 


(oooh, rick astley is on the charts!)
10 (Great Song)  
  
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#1 | 546 days ago
Nick__ (+)

2 Things that come to my mind about this song and video

1) The Chorus of this song is what makes the song......the chorus version alone  = GREAT SONG, and the rest of the the song is not that good.

2) If anyone thought for a second that the dancing, back in the 80's, was good, just watch this video.  The 80's had to be one of thee, if not thee, worst decade for dancing!

Everyone dancing in that video looked like a bunch of white people dancin!  What da ______ ?!?!?  frown FAIL! 
5-6 (Ok Song)  
#2 | 546 days ago

(Edited by kobe_lova)
I still dance to this song. It was great back when I was the dj for drunk grown people. Get doooown... 


(oooh, rick astley is on the charts!)
10 (Great Song)  
#3 | 546 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
I still dance to this song. It was great back when I was the dj for drunk grown people. Get doooown... 


(oooh, rick astley is on the charts!)
5-6 (Ok Song)  
#4 | 546 days ago

I don't remember this song, I listened to it just now.

I see you have a link to Songfacts in the post. yes That's the other message-board website I post on a daily basis, I've been there for 8 years.
#5 | 546 days ago

Here's a MUCH better 'Just Got Paid'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omi-s6ER8lY

ZZ Top
Who? What? Huh?  
#6 | 546 days ago
Nick__ (+)

marcus_nyce wrote:
White Man Can't Dance!
5-6 (Ok Song)  
#7 | 546 days ago
Nick__ (+)

Kenne wrote:
I don't remember this song, I listened to it just now.

I see you have a link to Songfacts in the post. yes That's the other message-board website I post on a daily basis, I've been there for 8 years.
All of the ONE HIT WONDERS that I post on here I get info from SONG FACTS.....That's been happenin all year.  laugh
5-6 (Ok Song)  
#8 | 546 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
White Man Can't Dance!
all i'm saying is

10 (Great Song)  
#9 | 546 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
White Man Can't Dance!
5-6 (Ok Song)  

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