“Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown (1976)/”Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved” by James Brown (1970)

James Brown had a way of making magic with just a slogan. That was at least partially due to the ability of his various bands to lock into a stone groove (and speaks highly to JB’s considerable skills as a bandleader). “Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved” is sort of a political call to… Read More “Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown (1976)/”Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved” by James Brown (1970)

“Get Down Tonight” by K.C. & The Sunshine Band (1975)

Disco gets derided sometimes for the simplicity of its most visible songs and artists. As I said in my last post, sometimes simple is good. Throw what’s essentially a nursery rhyme on top of a stone groove, and the result can be glorious. Another case in point; “Get Down Tonight” by K.C. & The Sunshine… Read More “Get Down Tonight” by K.C. & The Sunshine Band (1975)

“Emotional Rescue” by The Rolling Stones (1980)

Disco/funk Stones is pretty damn good Stones. Not to show my hand early, but there are several more songs that qualify as “disco” Stones on this list. “Emotional Rescue”, the title track to the venerable rock band’s 1980 album, finds Mick riding his falsetto hard while Keith, Charlie, Ron and that creepazoid Bill lay down… Read More “Emotional Rescue” by The Rolling Stones (1980)

“Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston (1976)

“Don’t Leave Me This Way” began life as a song by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. It appeared on 1975’s Wake Up Everybody, their last album to feature Teddy Pendergrass as the lead vocalist. Motown’s staff got wind of the song, and decided to re-record it on Thelma Houston. Their recording of the song… Read More “Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston (1976)