Old School Friday – 12

The theme this week is remakes. So, with summer right around the corner I went with “Summer Madness“.

My first memory of the song is Kool & The Gang’s version jamming on my father’s stereo. It reminds me of my dad and Sunday mornings in New Orleans when the radio station, WYLD-FM 98, would play jazz until noon. It also reminds me of crawfish boils on Lake Ponchatrain and the smell of incense.

Kool & the Gang is a highly successful American jazz/R&B/soul/funk/disco group. They originally formed in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA in 1964. They went through several musical phases in their career, starting out with a purist jazz sound, becoming practitioners of R&B and funk, progressing to a smooth disco ensemble, and ended the successful period of their career producing pop/R&B crossovers. [Source]

Fast foward to 1991. Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff releases “Summertime” sampling the instrumental overlayed with Big Willy’s lyrics!!

Here it is the groove slightly transformed
Just a bit of a break from the norm
Just a little somethin to break the monotony
Of all that hardcore dance that has gotten to be
A little bit out of control its cool to dance
But what about the groove that soothes that moves romance

School is out and its a sort of a buzz
A back then I didnt really know what it was
But now I see what have of this
The way that people respond to summer madness
The weather is hot and girls are dressing less
And checking out the fellas to tell em whos best
Riding around in your jeep or your benzos
Or in your nissan stting on lorenzos

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Quick Regina Cassandra
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17 thoughts on “Old School Friday – 12

  1. VERY nice picks. Summer Madness was on the radio the other day when I was at the gas station and I turned that joint up and just grooved. Made the experience a LITTLE less painful. Summertime will ALWAYS be a classic. Summer can’t begin until you spin that one.

    Thanks for sharing the memories these songs evoke for you. That’s what my site is all about so I always appreciate when people do that.

  2. Hey, now that is music! That is what I am talking about! I like Will…I mean Fresh Princes early stuff. I can’t stand his arrogant behind now. Hey, I see I am not the only one who used Dailymotion. I try to use that site to brush up on my french.
    Again, great music and thanks for posting.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Hey Chocl8t!!
    Awesome picks! so far today this is the only one I will really say is a draw for me! I absolutely love BOTH versions! I can’t call it!
    Have a great weekend!

  4. I absolutely love the first one and had forgotten about Will Smith even putting out music…..I must be getting old. lol Have a good weekend!

  5. Both the original and the remake are classics, how often does that happen? Great choices, and please add us to your list of OSF participants.

  6. Kool & the Gang is definitely cool, but Big Willy’s “Summertime” is the jam. I was at the beach in South Carolina the first time I heard it and it was perfect. Thanks for bringing back that great memory!

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