Keep On Movin' (Soul II Soul song)

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"Keep On Movin'"
Single by Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
from the album Club Classics Vol. One
Released March 1989
Format 7" single, 12" maxi single
Recorded 1988
Genre Electronica, soul,[1] R&B, new jack swing
Length 6:02
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Jazzie B
Producer(s) Jazzie B
Nellee Hooper
Soul II Soul singles chronology
"Feel Free"
(1988)
"Keep On Movin'"
(1989)
"Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)"
(1989)

"Keep On Movin'" is a song by British soul/R&B band Soul II Soul. It was the second single released from their debut album Club Classics Vol. One, (Keep On Movin' in the United States) after "Fairplay". It is one of two songs on the album that features British R&B singer Caron Wheeler (the other being "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)") and it became one of Soul II Soul's most successful songs. It reached number five on the UK Singles Chart upon its release in March 1989 and number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was even more successful on Billboard's R&B charts, where it hit number one.

In October 1996, the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 31, minus the sleeve credit to Caron Wheeler, after its use in an episode of the highly popular series of Papa & Nicole commercials for the Renault Clio car on British television.

In October 2004, "Keep On Movin'" appeared in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on fictional new jack swing radio station CSR 103.9.

Cultural Significance[edit]

"Keep on Movin'" is used as a significant example in the first chapter of Paul Gilroy's book The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993). Gilroy uses this particular song because it is emblematic of a black transatlantic conversation.[2] The song is sung by Caron Wheeler, a second generation Caribbean woman living in Britain, has a musical mix of various diasporic influences, and it was remixed into a (Jamaican) dub format in the United States, by Teddy Riley, an African-American producer.[3]

The lyrics themselves may also reference transnational movement. Possible interpretations of the song could be that it is about movement and resisting being rooted somewhere or being static, or keeping moving after already crossing borders. It could also be a celebration of the freedom of movement as opposed to forced migration, the ability to persevere through hardship, or simply a command to keep on moving away from the singer.

Track listing[edit]

A-side

  1. Keep On Movin' (Club Mix Ft. Caron Wheeler) 5:46
  2. Keep On Movin' (Big Beat A Capella) 3:32
  3. Keep On Movin' (Nellee Hooper 7") 3:38

B-side

  1. Keep On Movin' (Teddy Riley's Rubba Dub) 5:59
  2. Keep On Movin' (The First Movement) 6:03
  3. Keep On Movin' (Teddy Riley's Bonus Beats) 5:54

Chart performance[edit]

Preceded by
"Ain't Nobody Better" by Inner City
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
June 24, 1989
Succeeded by
"Secret Rendezvous" by Karyn White
Preceded by
"Show and Tell" by Peabo Bryson
Billboard's Hot R&B Songs number-one single
July 8, 1989 – July 15, 1989
Succeeded by
"Turned Away" by Chuckii Booker

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soul II Soul – Keep On Movin". Discogs. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Gilroy, Paul (1993). The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 
  3. ^ Gilroy, Paul (1993). The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1989". Retrieved 2009-09-15.