Give It Up

Album: The Best Of KC and the Sunshine Band (1982)
Charted: 1 18


  • In January 1982 lead singer Casey was badly injured in a car accident 7 blocks from his Florida home. It took him nearly a year to recuperate and it was during this time that the UK office of Epic Records decided to push this song as a single. It rose to the top of the British charts to give KC his only UK #1. Epic in the US were not interested, so KC released the track on his own label, credited to just KC. This was KC's last chart entry both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Harry "KC" Casey in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh said, "I always thought Give It Up was a hit but was surprised when they released it in the UK, because it had been around for quite a while."
  • KC & The Sunshine Band's songs, including their 5 #1 hits in the United States, were written by Casey with their bass player Rick Finch. When Casey signed with Epic Records, Finch left the group, but he returned to work on this song. Says Finch, "They said, 'Please come back and just help us with one more song.' And so I did. But then I left again with a bad taste in my mouth, and so did they. We had some really ugly words to one another. That was the beginning of the end. And now there's this extreme hatred that exists from their end. It shouldn't go like that. I've tried over the years to be in touch with Harry but he has a lot of people who seem to be more interested in keeping us apart rather than for us to resolve any past differences. I know what their reasons are and like everything else in life it seems to always boil down to money. It's worth more to them to keep us apart than to allow for things to get patched up. We did a lot of great work as a team – created music that has stood the test of time, music that will outlive both of us. Life's too short for the B.S."
    Explaining his contribution to the song, which Casey wrote with Deborah Carter, Finch said, "The bass line, and the smoothness of the song arrangement. After that, nothing." (Here's our full interview with Richard Finch.)

Comments: 4

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 31st 1984, K.C. and the Sunshine Band performed "Give It Up" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #22 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; twenty days earlier on March 11th, 1984 it peaked at #18 {for 1 week} and spent 21 weeks on the Top 100...
    As mentioned above it reached #1 in the United Kingdom, and it also peaked at #1 in Ireland and #2 in Belgium...
    Between 1974 and 1979 the band had fifteen Top 100 records; six of them made the Top 10 with five reaching #1; "Get Down Tonight", "That's the Way (I Like It)", "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty", “I'm Your Boogie Man", and "Please Don't Go"...
    They just missed having a sixth #1 record when "Keep It Comin' Love" peaked at #2 for three weeks in 1977...
    K.C., in a duet with Teri DeSario, reached #2 {for 2 weeks} with "Yes, I'm Ready" in 1980.
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaI crack my wife up every time our son is going mamamama & I go "mama mama mama maaa give it up, baby, give it up!"
  • Jesse from Madison, WiTypical retarded approach by major record labels. I suppose they thought KC was washed up and they had to focus on the burgeoning punk/heavy metal scene. Too bad this was one of KC's best efforts and a favorite of mine. Great singalong melody and the na-na-na's are great! KC was a great vocalist for all intents, not "stellar" as it were, but this tune displays his finest vocal work of his entire career. Way better than the pappy disco-era hits of his. With the exception of Please Don't Go, which is his second finest effort. I think they stand higher than any other KC hits. I own the 12" and I still listen to it regularly.
  • Nelson from MelbourneIn 1993 Danish Euro-Pop group 'Cut N Move' covered this song.
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