I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)

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"I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)"
Single by Instant Funk
from the album Instant Funk
Released 1979 (1979)
Genre Disco
Label Salsoul

"I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)" is a song recorded by the disco band Instant Funk in 1979. Released from their self-titled debut album, the song spent three non-consecutive weeks at number one on the R&B singles chart (interrupted by "He's the Greatest Dancer" by Sister Sledge). It also enjoyed success on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, peaking at number twenty.[1] The single also peaked at number one on the disco chart.[2] It was recognizably sampled by De La Soul in their track "A Rollerskating Jam named 'Saturdays'".

Throughout the years 'I Got My Mind Made Up' has been remixed to varying degrees of success in the clubs. In 1990 the song was remixed by Freshline Allstars and Hithouse. In 1995 the song was remixed by Johnny Vicious. In 1997 the song was remixed by Alex Neri. In 1998 the song was remixed by Succi and in 2003 the song was remixed by Thunderpuss.

The original production of this song was done on 8 tracks and was a simple 3 minute R&B song. It was transferred to 24 track tape at Blank Tapes, NYC and work began on it by the producer Bunny Sigler and engineer Bob Blank. Among other things, Bunny brought in a woman to say 'say what?' throughout the record. Standing behind her, his directions ('scream") were amplified and used as part of the production. Remixing was done manually (no computerization) and was attempted by Walter Gibbons, Ken Cayre (the owner of Salsoul Records) and finally by Larry Levan. Done in Blank Tapes's old studio A, on a console that was not automated, the remixes were done with spicing tape, playing a small section of the music and then resetting the console, then recording the next piece. For the groove part that defines the song, 4 bars of groove section was edited in over and over to create the format of the song as it exists today. Bob Blank, the engineer for this production, estimates that it took over 60 hours of mixing time to create the versions that exist today.

In 1985, Salsoul Records removed all the mutitrack masters from Blank Tapes (hundreds were stored in air conditioned storage areas in the studio) and destroyed them, except for some that were saved from destruction by John Morales. This master was among them.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, John Bush, Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2003). All Music Guide to Soul: The Definitive Guide to R&B and Soul. Backbeat Books. p. 338. ISBN 0-87930-744-7. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 129. 
Preceded by
"Bustin' Loose (Part 1)" by Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers
Billboard's Hot Soul number one single
March 17–24, 1979
Succeeded by
"He's the Greatest Dancer" by Sister Sledge
Preceded by
"He's the Greatest Dancer" by Sister Sledge
Billboard's Hot Soul number one single
April 7, 1979
Succeeded by
"Disco Nights (Rock-Freak)" by GQ
Preceded by
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
March 17, 1979
Succeeded by
"He's the Greatest Dancer" / "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge