Monday, January 02, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 1/2/17 - Marcia Griffiths' "Electric Slide"....

"Electric Boogie" - Marcia Griffiths
from the album Carousel (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #51

This week's "robbed hit" comes from Jamaican reggae singer Marcia Griffiths, who had done stints in many different acts before her most notable time in the classic group the I Threes, who sang behind Bob Marley and the Wailers. In 1983, Griffiths covered Bunny Wailer's track "Electric Boogie" as a solo artist, which was a minor genre hit at the time. But fast forward seven lucky years, and with a remix to "brighten" the record up and a line dance that became a big hit, suddenly you were hearing "Electric Boogie" at every public dance function...


While "Electric Boogie" became a dancefloor phenomenon, the single itself stalled right under the halfway point on the American pop chart in January of 1990. The song also went to #78 on Billboard's R&B chart. But in the decades since then, the single has way outsold and outlasted most of those "dance fad" records - and for good reason. It's still fun to listen to in itself, and Griffiths is not just a flash in the pan novelty act. She continues to record, with a respectable following in the reggae community.

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Here's the original version from 1983...


Here's the songwriter, Neville "Bunny" Wailer, with a version of his from the 80s (his original was in 1976)...


...and lastly, Griffiths performing live at a high school in 2014...


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