Give It Up (KC and the Sunshine Band song)

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"Give"
Single by KC and the Sunshine Band
from the album All in a Night's Work and KC Ten
Released 1983
Recorded 1982
Genre Post-disco
Length

4:13
4:00 (7")

5:18 (12" John Luongo Disco Remix)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Harry Wayne Casey
Producer(s) KC and the Sunshine Band
KC and the Sunshine Band singles chronology
"Don't Run (Come Back To Me)"
(1982)
"Give It Up"
(1983)
"Are You Ready?"
(1984)

"Give It Up" was a hit song for KC and the Sunshine Band,[1] although it was simply credited as KC in many countries, including the US. Following the backlash against many disco artists on the charts at the beginning of the 1980s, the song was a comeback hit for the act in the US, where it peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1984. The song had been an even bigger hit in the UK several months earlier, where it had hit No. 1 for three weeks in August 1983.[2] It went on to become the 18th best-selling single of the year in the UK. It was the last of the act's hits in the US and UK, and the most successful of its 10 UK hits.

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by Captain Jack in 2003 on their album Party Warriors and was also covered by Québécois singer Jacynthe.

In 1993 it was covered by Danish dance group Cut 'N' Move, whose version went to number one on the Australian ARIA Chart in February 1994. Cut 'N' Move covered the song again in 1997 for Dancemania Covers.

It was covered by the German pop band beFour on their 2008 album We Stand United.

It was covered by Annie Lennox and Chrissie Hynde during a live performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

"Love You Long Time" by The Black Eyed Peas, from their 2010 album The Beginning, contains a sample of "Give It Up".[3]

"Baby, It's OK" by Follow Your Instinct featuring Alexandra Stan contains a sample of "Give It Up".

In popular culture[edit]

The song has been turned into a sporting chant in England and Scotland. The song was played after each goal scored by Hearts in their 5–1 victory against Hibernian in the 2012 Scottish Cup Final,[4] with their fans using the song as a tribute to the Hearts manager at the time Paulo Sérgio. Professional darts player Vincent van der Voort uses this song for his walk on. The song was used as a chant for Arsenal player Charlie Nicholas, in the 1980's.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chart history of "Give It Up"". The Official Charts Company. Chartstats.com. 1983. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 426. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Black Eyed Peas's Love You Long Time sample of KC & the Sunshine Band's Give It Up". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  4. ^ "Hearts give Hampden a high-five". Scottishfa.co.uk. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
Preceded by
"Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" by Paul Young
UK Singles Chart number-one single
August 13, 1983 - August 27, 1983
Succeeded by
"Red Red Wine" by UB40
Preceded by
"Wrapped Around Your Finger" by The Police
Irish IRMA number-one single
August 20, 1983 - August 27, 1983
Succeeded by
"Wings of a Dove" by Madness