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Few (One/Two) Hit Wonders FINALE - WILD CHERRY (1976)
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Music Video/Song

"Play That Funky Music"
by Wild Cherry - 

Wild Cherry frontman Rob Parissi wanted to write a hit song, and his plan was to copy from the best. He subscribed to Billboard magazine, which charts the hit songs. When it arrived each week, he would pick out a song or two to copy, making it just different enough to avoid getting sued. After some time doing this, he wrote the one that became his #1 hit. The song he copied: "Fire" by The Ohio Players (listen especially to the bassline and vocal stylings).
 
Wild Cherry was a hard rock band. They had a regular gig at the 2001 Club, and with Disco big at the time, their sound didn't go over well. After one show, a black audience member shouted, "Play some funky music, white boy." Parissi decided they should, and wrote down the phrase on a bar order pad. They recorded it in Cleveland with a Disco sound - drum and bass mixed way up front. The band was concerned about the lyrics, but Parissi insisted on keeping them.
 
This was going to be the B-side of Wild Cherry's cover of the Commodores' "I Feel Sanctified." When they heard it, the owners of their record label suggested that the B-side become the A-side. The song sold over 2 million copies, but was Wild Cherry's only hit.
 
Vanilla Ice released a cover of this as the follow-up to his massive hit "Ice Ice Baby." His version hit #4 in the US, but was his last hit. Ice did not credit Robert Parissi for writing this, so when Parissi sued Ice, he received a large settlement.
 
Parissi got the idea for the group's name from a box of cough drops he saw when he was in the hospital. 

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=4137

Billboard Top 100 Songs of 1976



1 Wings Silly Love Songs
2 Elton John and Kiki Dee Don't Go Breaking My Heart
3 Johnnie Taylor Disco Lady
4 Four Seasons December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night)
5 Wild Cherry Play That Funky Music
6 Manhattans Kiss And Say Goodbye
7 The Miracles Love Machine (Part 1)
8 Paul Simon 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
9 Gary Wright Love Is Alive
10 Walter Murphy and The Big Apple Band A Fifth Of Beethoven
| Closed on 01/25/14 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
8 Fans 
75%a. 10 (Great Song)
13%b. 7-9 (Pretty good song)
0%c. 5-6 (ok song)
13%d. Who? What? Huh?
0%e. Play that crappy music, cracker!

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#2 | 215 days ago

Thank you for these polls Nick, I don't care what anyone says, I thought they were fun !            yes

Play that Funky Music  used to be my ringtone for all my calls !  … now I have different songs for different people …
Great song!  Always liked it !!
10 (Great Song)  
  
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#1 | 215 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
Thank you to all of you that read and/or participated in these polls!   Hope you enjoyed them!

This is one of my favorite songs. yes

Hey, Once I was a funky singer playin' in a Rock and Roll Band
I never had no problems, yeah
Burnin' down one night stands
And everything around me, yeah
Got to stop to feelin' so low And I decided quickly (Yes I did)
To disco down and check out the show
Yeah, they was dancin' and singin' and movin' to the groovin'
And just when it hit me somebody turned around and shouted
Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music right
Play that funky music white boy
Lay down the boogie and play that funky music till you die
Till you die
Oh ya, ya

I tried to understand this
I thought that they were out of their minds
How could I be so foolish (How could I)
To not see I was the one behind
So still I kept on fighting
Well, loosing every step of the way
I said, I must go back there (I got to go back)
And check to see if things still the same
Yeah they was dancin' and singin' and movin' to the groovin'
And just when it hit me somebody turned around and shouted
Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music right
Play that funky music white boy
Lay down the boogie and play that funky music till you die
Till you die, ya
Till you die

(Gonna play that electified funky music, yeah)

(Hey, wait a minute)
Now first it wasn't easy
Changin' Rock and Roll and minds and things were getting shaky
I thought I'd have to leave it behind
But now its so much better (it's so much better)
I'm funking out in every way
But I'll never lose that feelin' (no I won't)
Of how I learned my lesson that day
When they were dancin' and singin' and movin' to the groovin'
And just when it hit me somebody turned around and shouted
Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music right
Play that funky music white boy
Lay down the boogie and play that funky music till you die
Till you die
Oh' till you die

They shouted play that funky music
(Play that funky music)
Play that funky music
(You Gotta keep on playin' funky music)
Play that funky music
(Play that funky music)
Play that funky music
(Come and take you higher, ya)
Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music right, ya
Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music right
Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music right
10 (Great Song)  
#2 | 215 days ago

Thank you for these polls Nick, I don't care what anyone says, I thought they were fun !            yes

Play that Funky Music  used to be my ringtone for all my calls !  … now I have different songs for different people …
Great song!  Always liked it !!
10 (Great Song)  
#3 | 215 days ago

heartheartyesyesheartheart another great song that brings back memories of  all night roller skating parties.
10 (Great Song)  
#4 | 215 days ago

Learned that tune when it first came out, it still goes over well when I play it.
10 (Great Song)  
#5 | 215 days ago
Nick__ (+)

texas_tornado4261 wrote:
Thank you for these polls Nick, I don't care what anyone says, I thought they were fun !            yes

Play that Funky Music  used to be my ringtone for all my calls !  … now I have different songs for different people …
Great song!  Always liked it !!
Thank you!  And this was my Ring Tone, at one point, as well.  wink
10 (Great Song)  
#6 | 215 days ago

I had no idea who sang this song.
#7 | 215 days ago

texas_tornado4261 wrote:
Thank you for these polls Nick, I don't care what anyone says, I thought they were fun !            yes

Play that Funky Music  used to be my ringtone for all my calls !  … now I have different songs for different people …
Great song!  Always liked it !!
My ringtone is Black Betty by Ram Jam....lots of people look when my phone rings....
10 (Great Song)  
#8 | 210 days ago

BACK IN THE DAY IT WAS GOOD MUSIC .8 TRACK TAPE HEAVEN


10 (Great Song)  

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