This song reached #19 in the duo's native Canada. It was their first and biggest hit.
This track samples Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden," GQ's "Disco Nights (Rock Freak)" plus the theme music from the movie The Magnificent Seven.
Barry Harris of Kon Kan has gone on to become a multi-talented dance music producer and remixer. He has produced dance mixes for the likes of Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Britney Spears, the Spice Girls and Whitney Houston. The vocalist Kevin Wynne, who left shortly after this hit, went into the business side of music and also became a semi-pro video golfer.
The name Kon Kan is a twist on the phrase "Can Con" (short for Canadian Content Regulation) which is the rule that forces Canadian radio station to play 30% Canadian music.
Suggestion credit: Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above
Edward from Foster City, MiWhen this came out I thought it was kind of a cool song, interesting stuff. I heard that Lynn Anderson sued them because they sampled (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden without her permission.
Earl from London, United KingdomI see the Arthur Conley one has been credited as the Magnificent Seven theme, but it sounds more like Sweet Soul Music's intro to me.
Earl from London, United KingdomThe song also samples "Call Me" by Spagna and "Sweet Soul Music" by Arthur Conley. (Unless either of those snippets are sampled from something else)
Rick from Mason City, IaGood stuff! Loved the samples of Rose Garden used. Kon Kan did a lot of that on thier CD's.
Jeff from Austin, TxGreat 80s dance/pop!! Will always remind me of junior high.
"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" was written by Nick Lowe in 1974. The original version with his group Brinsley Schwarz was kind of somber, but Elvis Costello made it a classic with his 1978 uptempo take.