I'm Your Boogie Man

Album: Part 3 (1976)
Charted: 41 1
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Songfacts®:

  • Written by KC & The Sunshine Band bassist-producer Richard Finch and frontman Harry Wayne Casey, The "boogie" of the title is in the sense of dancing, shaking your booty, and getting down, not with the scary kind of "boogie man." In a Songfacts interview with Casey, he told the story:

    "'I'm Your Boogie Man,' in the initial writing of it I called it 'I'll Be A Son Of A Gun':

    I'll be a son of a gun
    Look what you've done


    Then I went back and 'I'm Your Boogie Man' came into my head because I was thinking about how disc jockeys were always there on the radio. Like it says:

    Early morning
    Late afternoon
    Or at midnight
    It's never too soon
    I'm your Boogie Man


    It's taking the theme of the disc jockey being the one that's there for you all the time, no matter when. So it was as if I was a disc jockey, I'm the Boogie Man. Like if you call in and want to hear a certain song, or talk about what was going on in your life, I'm your Boogie Man. And of course I put in 'turn me on,' but that could also mean turned on the radio."
  • A specific DJ who influenced this song was Robert W. Walker at Y-100 in Miami, Florida, who was the first to give the group's hit single "Get Down Tonight" airplay. So Walker "was the Boogie Man that brought all the funk and the good feeling and the vibes to the people every morning," Rick Finch told Songfacts.
  • Some DJs got offended after taking this song the wrong way. In the '70s, "boogie man" was sometimes interpreted as a racial insult to a black man. At least one DJ, Frankie Crocker at WBLS in New York, canceled an interview with the group upon learning they were white. They were actually an integrated band, with Finch and Casey the only white members.
  • This was the fourth of five US #1 hits for KC & The Sunshine Band, who created a funky R&B sound with their first hit "Get Down Tonight" and used that as a template for more hits.
  • Films to use this song include the Scary Movie series, 2007's Superbad, and 2009's filmed adaptation of the graphic novel Watchmen.

    TV uses include episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, My Name Is Earl, 666 Park Avenue and Scandal.
  • White Zombie did a sinister cover of this song for the 1996 film The Crow: City of Angels. The group also included the song on their album Supersexy Swingin' Sounds.

Comments: 1

  • Boogie Man’s Woman from New Mexico, UsaThe Rob Zombie version of this song has become the musical representation of the love my man and I share. To us, the lyrics tell of a man who loves his woman so much that he will do anything for her. Like the boogeyman’s presence in folklore and cultures worldwide, he is always there, but this lyrical version is not scary. This is a man that will move mountains for the woman he loves. A man who wants only to support and please his partner. A man who can be counted on no matter what. That is MY boogie man.
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