Monday, June 16, 2014

Blast from the Past: Let's Boogie!

My inspiration for this week's Blast from the Past is simple: I was listening to my phone's music on random while walking, and happened to have Boogie Nights and Boogie Oogie Oogie come on right in a row. And it got me to thinking, "how many songs have 'boogie' in the title anyway?" As it turns out, more than you would think. In fact, so many that I can't include them all here, unless I decide to write a sequel in the future. But here are my favorites.

1. Boogie Child by The Bee Gees (1977) - Yes, the Bee Gees are known for disco, but this was quite a bit out of their usual sound.
2. Boogie Fever by The Sylvers (1976) - Cheese, pure cheese.

3. Jungle Boogie by Kool and the Gang (1974) - Funky, early disco.
4. Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind and Fire (1979) - Quintessential, disco perfection.

5. Boogie Oogie Oogie by A Taste of Honey (1978) - Thin, but catchy.
6. Boogie Shoes by K.C. and the Sunshine Band (1978) - Kid-friendly, white bread disco.

7. I'm Your Boogie Man by K.C. and the Sunshine Band (1977) - More mayonnaisey-goyishy disco.
8. Blame it on the Boogie by The Jacksons (1978) - The Jacksons move on to disco.

9. Boogie Nights by Heatwave (1977) - So good, they made a movie out of it.
10. Get Up and Boogie by Silver Connection (1976) - Did I say "thin" before? This song's entire lyric sheet is "Get up and boogie. That's right!" Watch the girls having nothing to do but dance between that sparse poetry. Probably helped give disco its bad reputation.

And truly, that's just a taste of the Boogie. But that will wrap it up for this weekend. Happy Monday!


  1. Earth Wind And Fire brought the brass section back into popular music (which is often a very good thing) and revolutionized high school football's halftime shows. Also, Maurice White's hair makes a perfect upside down cartoon smiley face and I might still be a little high.

  2. Chicago used brass. . .lots of it.


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