Sunday, March 05, 2017

Songoftheday 3/5/17 - All right! Stop whatcha doin' 'cause I'm about to ruin, the image and the style that ya used to...

"The Humpty Dance" - Digital Underground
from the album Sex Packets (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #11 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from the rap collective Digital Underground, who came together in Oakland, California under leader and rapper Greg Jacobs (Shock-G). Their first success came with their debut album, Sex Packets, where the third single, "The Humpty Dance", became a crazy infectious novelty hip-hop hit in the spring and summer of 1990. With Shock-G donning a comical fake nose and glasses, and christening himself "Humpty Hump", the single took snippets of records by Parliament and Sly and the Family Stone to make a jam that transcends the comedy, though you can't deny with "I once got busy in a Burger King bathroom" entered American jargon...


"The Humpty Dance" shuffled up to one notch below the American pop top ten in June of 1990. It also climbed to #7 on Billboard's R&B chart, while the 12" single peaked at #20 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the track went to #80 on the British singles chart. They followed this up with a remix of "Doowutchyalike" (which went to #79 in the UK a year prior), and while it missed the American pop chart, it made it to #29 on the R&B list.

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Here's the Underground performing live on Yo MTV Raps, with Tupac Shakur as one of the background dancers...


...and again, with 2Pac in red, on the Arsenio Hall show...


Up tomorrow: Fashion tips from this dance-pop trio.

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