Song Stuck In My Head: Shake It Up! Cheryl Lynn Style

Friday, September 24, 2010

"Shake It Up Tonight" - Cheryl Lynn (1981)

Whoa, haven't done one of these in awhile....
I have been in a disco/early 80's funk mood all this week (again), and it's not a party in my head unless Cheryl Lynn is at the mic. 

Off of her third album, 1981's In The Night, "Shake It Up Tonight" was yet another minor hit for Ms. Lynn. I've said it once, and I'll say it again that I find Lynn such a criminally underrated vocalist, and every time I hear something that isn't "Got To Be Real" or "Encore", I think..."That could have so been a monster hit".  I say the same for this song. The Ray Parker Jr. produced, "Shake It Up" rolls on a funky bass line and is a classic par-tay! jam that would fit right alongside a playlist featuring Diana Ross' diana and Brothers Johnson's "Stomp".

If the song isn't enough par-tay! for you then peep the video. I often say I get really get bored with house party/in da club/going out to commit debauchery on the town videos, and well, maybe I need to point a finger at this track's video for being an instigator, because there is a massive party going on in this video. I have an Achilles heel for prehistoric old videos that look like they were done for $12 and a drink. Probably because nowadays people try too hard, and this looks pretty effortless. Consider this your energy shot for your Friday to dive into the weekend with.

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