Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

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"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
Single by C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
from the album Gonna Make You Sweat
B-side Remix
Released October 18, 1990
Format CD single, CD maxi, 7" single,
12" maxi
Recorded 1990
Genre Dance-pop,[1] hip house[2]
Length 4:06
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Robert Clivillés, Freedom Williams (arr: David Cole)
Producer(s) Freedom Williams, David Cole
Certification Platinum (US), Gold (US), Gold (UK)
C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams singles chronology
"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
(1990)
"Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)"
(1991)

"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" is a hit song by American dance group C+C Music Factory. It was released in late 1990 as the lead single from the album, Gonna Make You Sweat. The song charted internationally and achieved great success in U.S., Austria, Germany and Switzerland where it reached number one on the charts.

Background and writing[edit]

The rap was performed by Freedom Williams and the vocal "Everybody Dance Now" by disco/house music artist Martha Wash.

The official music video features Zelma Davis lip-synching to the actual Martha Wash vocal parts.

Wash, perturbed by the fact that her image had been labeled "unmarketable" due to her weight, successfully sued to receive proper credit (and royalties). Wash's courtroom efforts spurred legislation making vocal credits mandatory on CDs and music videos.

Reception[edit]

When it was first released, "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" was met by widespread commercial recognition, initiating the house movement of the early '90s. Topping charts in several countries, the song dominated the airwaves while its accompanying music video received constant rotation on MTV. Music critics praised "Gonna Make You Sweat" for Freedom Williams' Ice-T-like rap delivery in conjunction with Martha Wash's powerful, exuberant, post-disco vocals and deemed the song as a bona fide classic.[3] However, over the years, the song came to be used and/or referenced an innumerable amount of times by entertainment industry, to the point where it became something of a musical, pop culture cliché. By 2007, the song was criticized by Allmusic as "the lazy Hollywood 'go-to' song for supposed laugh-filled, irony-fueled dance numbers."[4]

Chart performances[edit]

The song held the top spot in the Billboard Magazine list of popular dance club tunes for five weeks in December 1990, and topped Billboard Hot 100 Singles list for two weeks in 1991 (February 9 and February 16.) It reached #3 in the UK in January, a full month before its American pop success. It even found success in the urban contemporary music world as it crossed over to the R&B charts where it reached number-one for a week.

References in popular culture[edit]

The song was played in many films, including The Super, Sister Act, Man of the House (1995), Man of the House (2005), Space Jam, Something's Gotta Give, Robots (film), Jarhead, Chicken Little, A Fairly Odd Summer, Old School, Evan Almighty, Detention and Pain and Gain. Also played movie trailers, including Superstar, Flushed Away and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

It was also used in TV series, such as in the episode "Alpha" of The Flash (1990-1991), the episodes "The Big Four-Oh" and "Banks Shot" of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, "Meet By-Product" in King of Queens, in an episode of So You Think You Can Dance, in a 2010 episode and the 2011 season premiere of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in an episode of The Office, “Cafe Disco” in which both Andy and Kelly had a dance off, in an episode of American Dad entitled When a Stan Loves a Woman, in the 30 Rock episode "Retreat to Move Forward," and was played twice during a 1997 episode of The Simpsons, “Homer's Phobia”, as Bart and Homer leave a steel mill that turns out to be operated by homosexuals, and during the end credits, as well as "Love Is a Many Strangled Thing" where the Simpsons are at a football game and the video screen implores the audience to make fools of themselves to the rhythmic beats of the song. The song is also sung by King Julien in the movie, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.

This song also appeared in the videogame Dance Central 2 via DLC. This song appears in Just Dance 3.

The song and video has been parodied in the 1994 hip-hop mockumentary film and on its soundtrack album, Fear of a Black Hat as a solo single for rapper Ice Cold (Rusty Cundieff) as "Come and Pet the P.U.S.S.Y.", including his C+C Music Factory-like group formation as The Ice Plant and its controversy surrounding the lip-synched vocal credit regarding Martha Wash over band member Zelda Davis.

Music video[edit]

The video featured dancers performing in front of a white back drop. Zelma Davis lip-synchs to the recorded vocals of Martha Wash. A short clip of Double Dutch is shown near the end.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (radio version) – 4:06
  2. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (in your face mix instrumental) – 4:54
7" single
  1. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (radio version) – 4:06
  2. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (in your face mix instrumental) – 4:54
12" maxi
  1. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (the slammin' vocal club mix) – 6:50
  2. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (Clivillés & Cole DJ's choice mix) – 5:00
  3. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (the master mix instrumental) – 4:54

Charts and sales[edit]

Preceded by
"The First Time (Surface song)" by Surface (band)
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
February 9, 1991 - February 16, 1991 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"All the Man That I Need" by Whitney Houston

Cover versions[edit]

"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
Single by Justice Crew featuring Bonnie Anderson
Released August 3, 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3.26
Label Sony
Writer(s) Robert Clivillés, Freedom Williams
Justice Crew singles chronology
"Boom Boom"
(2012)
"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
(2012)
"Best Night"
(2012)
Bonnie Anderson chronology
"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
(2012)
"Raise the Bar"
(2013)

Justice Crew version[edit]

In 2012, Justice Crew and Bonnie Anderson recorded a version of "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" to promote the Australian reality television series, Everybody Dance Now. It was released as a digital download on August 3, 2012.[32] The lyric video was uploaded onto Justice Crew's VEVO account on August 17, 2012.[33] Despite the promotion on Network Ten, the song did not chart in Australia.[34]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chuck Philips (February 21, 1991). "Read Her Lips : R&B Singer Says Hot Dance Hit Is Lip-Synced". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 July 2013.  "the hottest dance-pop hit of the season: C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat.""
  2. ^ Vladimir Bogdanov (2003). Backbeat Books, ed. All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap & Hip-Hop. ISBN 978-0879307592.  "hip-house tunes like Technotronic's "Pump Up the Jam," Snapfs "The Power," C + C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)," and AB Logic's "The Hitman" were finding their way to pop stations."
  3. ^ Elias, Jason (1990). "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) – Song Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  4. ^ Monger, James (2007-07-03). "Evan Almighty [Soundtrack] Overview". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – C & C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "C & C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – C & C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ Belgian peak
  9. ^ "Gonna make you sweat (everybody dance now) in Canadian 10 Dance Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Gonna make you sweat (everybody dance now) in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – C & C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ "C & C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment.
  13. ^ "Gonna make you sweat (everybody dance now) in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved 12 July 2013.  Only one result when searching "Gonna make you sweat"
  14. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: C". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – C&C Music Factory (featuring Freedom Williams) search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – C & C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – C & C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – C & C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)". VG-lista.
  19. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – C & C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)". Singles Top 60.
  21. ^ "C & C Music Factory feat. Freedom Williams – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  22. ^ "1991 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 19th January 1991". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  23. ^ a b c d Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  24. ^ 1991 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  25. ^ 1991 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  26. ^ Canada dance end of year peak
  27. ^ "Single top 100 over 1991" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  28. ^ 1991 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  29. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  30. ^ US certifications riaa.com (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  31. ^ "Das Bunker (Choice of a New Generation)". Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  32. ^ "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) feat. Bonnie Anderson". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  33. ^ Video on YouTube
  34. ^ "Justice Crew feat. Bonnie Anderson – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 

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