Get It Up

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"Get It Up"

7" single cover
Single by The Time
from the album The Time
B-side "After Hi School"
Released 1981
Format 7" single
Recorded Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 1981
Genre Funk, pop
Length 7" edit: 3:01
Album: 9:08
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Prince (as Jamie Starr)
Producer(s) Prince (as The Starr ★ Company)
The Time singles chronology
"Get It Up"
(1981)
"Cool"
(1981)

"Get It Up" is a song by The Time, from their 1981 debut album, and is their debut single. Like most of the album, the song was recorded in Prince's home studio in April 1981, and was produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince with Morris Day later adding his lead vocals. Revolution keyboardist Doctor Fink provided synth solos on the track, uncredited.

The funk-pop number relies on synthesizers and contains numerous solos throughout the song. The song's propelled by a strong bass line and contains live drums and handclaps. A raunchy guitar solo provides a rock element to the funky track. "Get It Up" is basically an ode to sex and Day's attempts to get some. Prince's vocals are very apparent in the song, both in the background and the lead at times.

"Get It Up" was only released as a 7" single with the poppy "After Hi School" as its B-side. "After Hi School", while not an outstanding effort was composed by Dez Dickerson and is perhaps the strongest pop effort on the album. The full version of "Get It Up" was later a B-side for the 12" single of "Ice Cream Castles" in 1984. "Get It Up" is one of The Time's more popular numbers, and a live version of the song recorded at the House of Blues in 1998 was included on Morris Day's 2004 album, It's About Time where it segues into "777-9311".

"Get It Up"
Single by TLC
from the album Poetic Justice soundtrack
Released June 6, 1993 (1993-06-06)
Format CD single
Recorded 1993
Genre R&B, hip hop, new jack swing
Length 4:25
Label Arista
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Tim & Bob, Dallas Austin
TLC singles chronology
"Hat 2 Da Back"
(1992)
"Get It Up"
(1993)
"Creep"
(1994)
Music video
"Get It Up" on YouTube
Poetic Justice track listing
"Get It Up"
(1)
"Indo Smoke" - Mista Grimm
(2)

TLC version[edit]

"Get It Up" was covered by girl group TLC for the Poetic Justice soundtrack becoming a major hit for the group and was later included in TLC's greatest hits album, Now and Forever: The Hits. The video for TLC's "Get It Up" was shot in June 1993.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 42
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 15
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 3
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 14

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