VOTD – The O’Jays // “Time To Get Down”

If there’s one genre of music that I am unabashedly a fan of, it’s Disco. 

Now that may not win me any cool points with some of you Rock heads out there, but if there’s one genre of music I heard as much as Rock growing up (if not more than) it was Disco.

Let me give you a little background as to why.

I’m a rare breed of millennial in that I can say that my parents met at a Disco. Not a bar. Not a club. A full on, Adam and Eve themed “discotheque” in the heart of New York City at the height of the disco craze.

So, naturally, with parents that met “shakin’ their groove thangs,” I was bound to have some affinity for the genre. But it goes much deeper than that. I love it.

You’d be hard pressed to find a day that I’ll turn off a BeeGees, Donna Summer, Earth, Wind & Fire or Hues Corporation track willingly. 

Something that I find remarkable about the R&B/Funk/Disco of the 70’s and 80’s is that not only was it great music for the time, it inspired many of the artists and songs that came in later decades.

Everyone remembers Will Smith’s “Gettin’ Jiggy With It,” which became a hit thanks in part to its infectious beat. But that beat is nothing more than a reworking of the Sister Sledge hit “He’s The Greatest Dancer.

And Will’s not the first (or last) person to successfully rework and sample one of these classic hits.

Biggie Smalls did it in “Mo Money Mo Problems” with Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out.” Janet Jackson did it in “All For You” with Change’s “Glow of Love.” George Michael did it in “Fastlove” with Patrice Rushen’s “Forget Me Nots.” And most recently, Drake did it in “Hotline Bling” with Timmy Thomas’ “Why Can’t We Live Together?

So why the history lesson? Well, I’m just trying to erase the stigma that has unfairly been attributed to Disco and Funk.

Many view this kind of music as “corny” or “wack,” but why? Take a look at the music topping the charts today – it’s practically all dance (EDM) music. Without the music of this era, especially that of the pioneering DJ Giorgio Moroder, we wouldn’t have half the hits we do today.

All I’m really asking for, even if this isn’t usually your vibe, is for you to give this music a chance before you negate it because it’s clear that this music permeates – we’re still dancing to it for a reason.

With that said, I wanted to share one of my favorite Disco/R&B tracks from what is easily one of the best groups (in my humble opinion) to come out of the era – The O’Jays.

Sure they had bigger hits (see: Love Train) but if there’s ever a moment where I just need to bring a little sunshine and happiness to my day, I put this track on and dance my troubles away.

So grab your headphones, plug ’em in and vibe with me and The O’Jays “Time To Get Down.”

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