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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