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This was one of first hit songs to feature a synthesized drum. The hook was the synthesized drum of Carl Marsh, which produced a sound that became copied by many other Disco records.
This was written by Ward's producer Frederick Knight, who is known for his 1972 hit "I've Been Lonely For So Long." He originally intended it for 11 year old Stacy Lattishaw, but when she signed with a different label, Ward was asked to sing it instead. She disliked the song and only recorded it as Frederick Knight insisted they needed another dance number on the album.
Ward started out as a Memphis Gospel singer. This was her only hit.
This song required 3 studios, 4 engineers, 2 remixers and a 'midnight mix by Richie Rivera' as well as the production of Frederick Knight to produce its innovative sound. Knight also provided backing vocals. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince (Will Smith) recorded a Rap version in 1991.
Rapper Snoop Dogg disclosed to Clash magazine that this was the first record that he ever bought.
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Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."
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