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One Hit Wonders - ROB BASE & DJ E-Z ROCK (1988)
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"It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock - 

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock are a duo from Harlem, New York who are best known for this early Hip-Hop anthem. Whilst Rob Base (real name Robert Ginyard), does the rapping, DJ E-Z Rock (real name Rodney "Skip" Bryce) mans the turntable.
 
The introduction of the song is spoken over a sample of Galactic Force Band's 1978 tune, "Spacedust," and the main vocal hook, "It Takes Two", is taken from Lyn Collins' James Brown produced 1972 single, "Think (About It)." "Think" was also liberally sampled on Janet Jackson's 1990 hit "Alright."
 
"It Takes Two" has itself been frequently sampled. The songs that have borrowed from it include Fatman Scoop's 2004 UK Top 10 hit, "It Takes Scoop," Snoop Dogg's 2009 single, "I Wanna Rock" and the Black Eyed Peas' 2010 disc "Rock That Body."
 
At one point Base appears to be informing us that he "can't stand sex." In fact he is referring to "sess," a slang term for dope.
 
In 1989 Spin magazine ranked this the greatest single of all time. The choice was criticized by some such as critic David Hinckley who, according to Dave Marsh's book The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made, described it as "the equivalent of a three-year-old shooting his mother with a squirt gun in order to get her attention." The song was also ranked less controversially #37 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop and #18 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s .

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=19686

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1988


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 08/24/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
8 Fans 
38%a. 10 (Great Song)
50%b. 7-9 (I like this song)
0%c. 5-6 (Song is ok)
13%d. Who? What? Huh?
0%e. shaking my head (in disgust)

  
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#1 | 369 days ago

i loooooovethissongbecause of the memories it brings up, like hours of roller skating at the rink, myfirst hickey, glow in the dark and blacklight reactive stuff, and a time when attending the summer nightly9pm golf course water sprinkler run with friends wasn't prefaced with paranoid mothers going "there could be kidnappers out there!"
10 (Great Song)  
#2 | 369 days ago
Nick__ (+)

Now, every time I hear this song, that scene from The Proposal pops in my head!  
10 (Great Song)  
#3 | 369 days ago

one hit wonder?
#4 | 369 days ago

This song other than Frankie Beverly's  " before I let you go" will get all ages on the dance floor at any party at any time!!yes
#5 | 369 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
kobe_lova wrote:
one hit wonder?
Yes.  This song and this band is/was considered a 1 hit wonder.

Hey, I don't classify them, I just post them.

http://toponehitwonders.com

http://www.onehitwondercenter.com/80s/80s8.htm
10 (Great Song)  
#6 | 369 days ago

Baby I've got a crush on (crush on) youuuuuu

Oh wait...

It takes two to make a thing go ri-hight! 

Love this song - probably still the only "hip hop/rap" song I still remember all of the words. 
#7 | 368 days ago

Jess wrote:
Baby I've got a crush on (crush on) youuuuuu

Oh wait...

It takes two to make a thing go ri-hight! 

Love this song - probably still the only "hip hop/rap" song I still remember all of the words. 
My point exactly, people of all ages and cultures know this song word for word,,,and I bet jess if you hear it at a party or anywhere first thing you do is get up and dance
#8 | 368 days ago

Nick, can you figure out where the background music in this song comes from?
#9 | 368 days ago

alainpeartree wrote:
My point exactly, people of all ages and cultures know this song word for word,,,and I bet jess if you hear it at a party or anywhere first thing you do is get up and dance
That's very true - but I dance sometimes for no reason and with no music, so that's probably not a fair example.
#10 | 359 days ago

I like the Whopper **** the Big Mac. cool
7-9 (I like this song)  

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