Double Dutch Bus

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"Double Dutch Bus"
Single by Frankie Smith
from the album Children of Tomorrow
Released February 22, 1981
Format Vinyl record (7")
Genre Funk
Label WMOT
Writer(s) Bill Bloom, Frankie Smith
Producer(s) Frankie Smith

"Double Dutch Bus" is a hit 1981 funk song by Frankie Smith, made famous for its extensive use of the "izz" infix form of slang.

Original version[edit]

The song title represents a combination of two institutions in Smith's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania neighborhood: the double Dutch jump rope game played by neighborhood kids; and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) bus system that was a backbone of the local transportation network (and for which Smith had unsuccessfully applied for a bus driving position; the Transpass referred to in the song is an actual SEPTA monthly fare pass).[1]

Smith and co-writer Bill Bloom persuaded contacts at WMOT Records to finance the song, and it was recorded in early 1981, engineered by Gene Leone. The song rocketed to popularity in a matter of weeks and debuted on the US Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart in February, rising to the top spot by July, where it held at number one for four weeks. It also crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 30 in the summer of 1981.[2]

The record became only the second in history (following the 1979 Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer duet "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"), and remains one of the few, to receive two separate standard-release Gold certifications from the RIAA: first in June 1981 for sales of the 12" single; and a second Gold record in September 1981 for sales of the 7" edit.[citation needed]

In the National Geographic documentary "King of Coke: Living the High Life" Frankie Smith explains how the song was composed. He also states that WMOT Records failed to pay him his royalties, and how he therefore was unable to pay his taxes. An investigation was started which brought to light that WMOT Records was not only badly managed, but in fact laundering money for Larry Lavin, aka Dr. Snow, a dentist who was secretly dealing cocaine. This way, the success of Double Dutch Bus indirectly caused the end of a major drugs business.

Sampling[edit]

The song was sampled heavily by Missy Elliott for use in the song "Gossip Folks".[citation needed]

Girl Talk used the song briefly in his album All Day within a track entitled "Get It Get It".[citation needed]

Danny! sampled the call-and-response portion of the song in the bridge of 2012's "Go That-A-Way".

The verse melody was also mimicked by Cameo in their 1986 single "Word Up".

Madonna sampled the song on her Sticky & Sweet Tour performance of "Into the Groove".

The "UK Extended Dis" mix of Beat Dis by Bomb the Bass also sampled the track. [3]

Raven-Symoné version[edit]

"Double Dutch Bus"
Single by Raven-Symoné
from the album Raven-Symoné and College Road Trip
Released February 9, 2008 (Radio Disney)
March 4, 2008 (Digital)
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Funk, R&B
Length 3:02
Label Hollywood
Writer(s) Bill Bloom, Frankie Smith
Producer(s) The Clutch
& Bill Jabr (additional production)
Raven-Symoné singles chronology
"Backflip"
(2004)
"Double Dutch Bus"
(2008)
Raven-Symoné track listing
"Hollywood Life"
(12)
"Double Dutch Bus"
(13)
"Face To Face"
(14)

"Double Dutch Bus" was later covered by Raven-Symoné. The track was released to promote the film College Road Trip and is the first and only single from her fourth studio album, Raven-Symoné. The single was placed on Radio Disney on February 9, 2008.[4] This version has an updated hip hop and R&B sound.

"Double Dutch Bus" was released to the US iTunes Store on March 4, 2008.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered on Disney Channel on February 18, 2008. The music video shows Raven and a bunch of people dancing under a disco ball and having a great time on a party bus (known as the "double dutch bus"). The music video also features images from the film College Road Trip. Donny Osmond makes a cameo appearance in the video. The video was directed by Patrick Hoelck.[5]

Track listing[edit]

CD single/digital download[6][7]
  1. "Double Dutch Bus" - 3:02

Radio and release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format
United States February 9, 2008 Hollywood Records Radio Disney
March 4, 2008 CD single, digital download

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard) 2
SLO 37
Gaon Chart 103

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Give It to Me Baby" by Rick James
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single (Frankie Smith version)
July 18, 1981 - August 8, 1981
Succeeded by
"I'm in Love" by Evelyn King