Tunes From the Singing Tower

(Where carillons ring out on the seaside.)

The Gap Band

No particular reason. I’m just in the mood for them and I keep wishing that one day I could cut a record with Lonnie Simmons at the mixing board. Or have Charlie Wilson guest on it.

“Party Train” from 1983 — apparently filmed in Venice Beach. #3 in the US R&B charts.

“Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)” from 1981 — #84 in the US Top 100 (their popularity was still on the rise at this point), #22 in the UK Top 75, and #23 in Holland(!).

“Early in the Morning” from 1982 — #24 in the US Top 100, #55 in the UK Top 75 (sycophants!). Look closely at the drumsticks!

“You Dropped a Bomb On Me” from 1982 — #31 in the US Top 100, somehow never made the UK Top 75. Do you guys know what you were missing? This is the one that still seems to get occasional airplay here.

All tracks culled from their 20th Century Masters disc, which can be found and acquired here.

EDIT: And of course, on a sadder note, Pavarotti died. However, here’s a performance of him from last year with James Brown(!) doing “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World”:


6 September 2007 Posted by | Music, The Gap Band | 1 Comment