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Radio X, side A, track 7: “Get Down Tonight” by Shriekback

Oh, Shriekback, when I first heard this song, I’d never heard of KC and The Sunshine Band.  In fact, it would be quite a long time, like the last couple of years actually, before I realized that you weren’t the first to sing this one.  The other problem was that this was a good example of one of my radio pet peeves.  I loved Vic St. John aka “The Crashman” as well as the other DJs on KISD FM, but I hated it when they wouldn’t say who sang a song.  There should be a law somewhere that says you have to say who performed a song at the beginning and the end of every song that gets played on the radio.  I didn’t figure out that it was you, Shriekback, who sang this particular version until this year, thanks to the magic of Google.  And I’ll be honest with you, Shriekback, that was the first time I’d ever actually heard of you.  And you’ve clearly been performing for a long time, so sorry about that.  But isn’t it fascinating that I lived for 26 years not knowing who you were but loving your song?  It probably bruises your ego a little, Shriekback, but if it’s any consolation, when I’m humming “Get Down Tonight” to myself, this is the version that I’m humming.

“Get Down Tonight”

Baby, baby
Let’s get together
Party high
Me and you

Do the things
Yeah, do the things

That we like ta do

Do a little dance
Make a little love
Get down tonight
Get down tonight

Do a little dance
Make a little love
Get down tonight
Get down tonight

Baby, baby
I’ll meet you
Same place
Same time

When we can
Get together
And ease up our minds

Do a little dance
Make a little love
Get down tonight
Get down tonight

Do a little dance
Make a little love
Get down tonight
Get down tonight

<awesome Shriekback jam>

Do a little dance
Make a little love
Get down tonight
Get down tonight

Do a little dance
Make a little love
Get down tonight
Get down tonight

Well, everyone can see that ya can’t go wrong
Shriekback crashlanding on a KC song
People might say that we don’t play straight
But ya know sometimes we’ve gotta deviate
Science is powerless to explain
This amount of stimulation to the body and brain
But ya know ya look good and ya feel real fine
Now everybody’s spine is the
Bass line
Take me to the bridge, throw me in the river
Well, the Shriek don’t shake and the Shriek don’t shiver
Glowin’ in the dark, blinkin’ in the light
All you groovers get down tonight
Humanly impossible to disapprove
‘Cause the Shriek keeps shriekin’ and the groove don’t move
You’ve gotta put on the pressure, put out the lights
Oh…get down tonight

Get down, get down, get down, get down, get down tonight
(Lets get together)

Get down, get down, get down, get down, get down tonight
(Do a little dance)

Get down, get down, get down, get down, get down tonight

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