Get Down

Album: Extra Funky (1982)


  • With a bubbling, synthetic bass beat, "Get Down" was a popular club track in the early '80s, and a precursor to freestyle dance music. It was written by the Jamaican producer King Sporty (Noel Williams), who had moved to Miami and started his own label, Konduko. Sporty, who co-wrote the Bob Marley song "Buffalo Soldier," was one of the first to develop the Miami bass sound.
  • The subject matter of this song is pretty clear:

    When I make love to you
    You'll feel it through and through
  • King Sporty originally released this song in 1979 (as "Get On Down") with his group King Sporty & the Roots Rockers. When he found himself in the studio with the male vocalist Connie Case, he had him record a new version of the song, this time with more electronic elements and less disco. This is the version that became a club favorite.
  • The producers HiFi Sean and Shalvoy covered this song in 2017 with Andre Espeut on vocals. They made a video for the song using footage Sean recorded from New York public access TV in the '90s.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Gilby ClarkeSongwriter Interviews

The Guns N' Roses rhythm guitarist in the early '90s, Gilby talks about the band's implosion and the side projects it spawned.

Yacht Rock QuizFact or Fiction

Christopher Cross with Deep Purple? Kenny Loggins in Caddyshack? A Fact or Fiction all about yacht rock and those who made it.

The Truth Is Out There: A History of Alien SongsSong Writing

The trail runs from flying saucer songs in the '50s, through Bowie, blink-182 and Katy Perry.

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. TelevangelistsSong Writing

When televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart took on rockers like Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica, the rockers retaliated. Bono could even be seen mocking the preachers.

Macabre Mother Goose: The Dark Side of Children's SongsSong Writing

"London Bridge," "Ring Around the Rosie" and "It's Raining, It's Pouring" are just a few examples of shockingly morbid children's songs.

Michael Glabicki of Rusted RootSongwriter Interviews

Michael tells the story of "Send Me On My Way," and explains why some of the words in the song don't have a literal meaning.