Saturday, January 28, 2017

Songoftheday 1/28/17 - Party all night cut the fight do what's right and you just might, win a battle you never fought just by checkin' this record you bought...


"Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over)" - Technotronic
from the album Pump Up The Jam (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #7 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from the Dutch electro-dance act Technotronic, who pulled a "Milli Vanilli" on the world with their debut single "Pump Up The Jam", pretending to have vocals done by a model named Felly, but were forgiven much more easily. Their infectious second release was "Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over)", and even though rapper/singer Ya Kid K (aka Manuela Kamosi) is now front and center in the music video, Felly wasn't just discarded but makes her own dancing cameo, along with the group's nominal leader, Jo Bogaert...


"Get Up" became Technotronic's second top ten pop hit in the U.S. in April of 1990. The song also climbed to #27 on Billboard's R&B chart. The 12" Remix single was huge in the clubs, spending four weeks at #2 on the Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the original release topped the chart in Switzerland, Spain, Finland, and their native Belgium, peaked at # 2 in the UK, Germany, France, Ireland, Austria, and the Netherlands, and reached the top ten in Sweden (#4), Norway (#6), Italy (#6), Australia (#7), New Zealand (#7), and Canada (#10).

The next single from the set, "This Beat Is Technotronic", missed the American pop chart but did go to #3 on Billboard's Dance chart, and was a top-40 hit over most of Europe (including #5 in Ireland). A fourth release, "Rockin' Over The Beat", slipped on to the Hot 100 in the U.S. at #95, and returned them to the top ten in Britain at #9.

Two years later, another cut from Pump Up The Jam would bring the group back to the American airwaves in a big way. But that's for another day.


Here's the original 12" "Def Mix" that helped the single stay a month at #2 on the dance chart. This version took liberties with the production from club classic "French Kiss" from Lil' Louis...



Here's Technotronic appearing live on the Arsenio Hall show to promote the single...


In 1998, "Get Up!" was re-release with new mixes, dubbed "The Sequel", and was a minor hit in France (#42) and Germany (#91)...



Austrian DJ/remixing team Global Deejays scored a top-40 hit in France in 2007 with their rework of the track...


Lastly, here's Ya Kid K still kickin' it live last year...


Up tomorrow: Englishman ponders the weather.

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