Play That Funky Music

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"Play That Funky Music"
Single by Wild Cherry
from the album Wild Cherry
B-side "The Lady Wants Your Money"
Released 1976
Format 7"
Recorded 1975
Genre Funk rock[1]
Length 5:00 (Album Version)
3:12 (Single Version)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Robert Parissi
Certification Gold (CRIA)
Platinum (RIAA)
Wild Cherry singles chronology
"Get Down" (Brown Bag Records)
(1972)
"Play That Funky Music"
(1976)
"Baby Don't You Know"
(1977)

"Play That Funky Music" is a funk rock song written by Rob Parissi and recorded by the band Wild Cherry. The performers on the classic recording included the members of the band at the time: lead singer Parissi, guitarist Bryan Bassett, bassist Allen Wentz, and drummer Ron Beitle, with session horn players Chuck Berginc, Jack Brndiar, Joe Eckert, and Rick Singer hired to play the horn riff that runs throughout the track's verses. The single hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 18, 1976 and was also number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart.[2] The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over 2 million records, eventually selling 2.5 million in the United States alone.[3]

History and description[edit]

The song listed at no. 73 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" by KC and the Sunshine Band
Canadian CHUM number-one single
September 22, 1976 – September 29, 1976 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"If You Leave Me Now" by Chicago
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
September 18, 1976 – October 2, 1976 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band
US Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
September 4, 1976 – September 11, 1976 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" by KC and the Sunshine Band
Preceded by
"You Should Be Dancing" by the Bee Gees
US Cash Box number-one single
September 11, 1976 – September 18, 1976 (2 weeks)
Preceded by
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" by Elton John and Kiki Dee
US Record World number-one single (first run)
September 11, 1976 (1 week)
Preceded by
"A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band
US Record World number-one single (second run)
October 2, 1976 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Disco Duck" by Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots

Vanilla Ice version[edit]

"Play That Funky Music"
Single by Vanilla Ice
from the album To the Extreme
B-side Ice Ice Baby
Released April 25, 1990
Genre Hip hop
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Vanilla Ice singles chronology
"Satisfaction"
(1989)
"Play That Funky Music"
(1990)
"Ice Ice Baby"
(1990)

Vanilla Ice later released a song featuring an interpretation of "Play That Funky Music". Songwriter Robert Parissi was not credited. Parissi was later awarded $500,000 in a copyright infringement lawsuit.[citation needed]

Although it did not initially catch on, its B-side, "Ice Ice Baby", gained more success when a disc jockey played that track instead of the single's A-side.[26]

Following the success of "Ice Ice Baby", "Play That Funky Music" was reissued as its own single (with new lyrics), and peaked at no. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and no. 10 in the UK.[27]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1991) Peak
Position
Australia (ARIA)[28] 13
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[29] 19
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[30] 16
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[31] 10
Canada (RPM 10 Dance)[32] 4
Canada (RPM 100 Hit Tracks)[33] 13
Germany (Media Control Charts)[34] 19
Ireland (IRMA)[35] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[36] 14
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[37] 12
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[38] 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[39] 14
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[27] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[40] 4
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[40] 42
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles[40] 22
US Billboard Hot Rap Singles[40] 7
US Cash Box[41] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canada (RPM Dance Tracks)[42] 44
US Billboard Hot 100[43] 57

Other cover versions[edit]

There is an edited version of "Play That Funky Music" without "white boy" that was released for radio airplay around the Boston area, as the original version was briefly banned in that area upon its original release. Instead of "white boy," the words, "yeah, funky music" were substituted (Epic cat# AE7 1107). That version is now a collector's item.[45]

  • Eleveno made a dance floor, electro funk version in 2012.
  • Taylor Hicks sang "Play That Funky Music" on American Idol a week before he won.

Usage in other media[edit]

This song has been used in the films Evolution (2001), The New Guy (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004).[46] A rap version is played in the film Malibu's Most Wanted (2003), while an instrumental version of the song is played on bagpipes by Matt Stifler in the direct-to-video movie, American Pie Presents: Band Camp (2005).

The song appears in the video games Guitar Hero 5, DJ Hero (as a playable track), Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 (a cover version), Don King Presents: Prizefighter and Shaun White Snowboarding.

In the sitcom Friends, Phoebe, who wants Ross to play his own compositions on his keyboard, encourages him by saying, "Play that funky music, white boy!". The song appeared in "Patch Boomhauer", an episode of the animated TV series King of the Hill. The song is also heard in a Season 3 episode of the US TV sitcom The Office.

Robin Williams has used the song title, delivered in a Lawrence Welk impression, as a one-liner.

Intel used the song as part of a 1997 television advertising campaign for their Pentium MMX line of processors.

The International Game Technology (IGT) manufactured a video slot machine called "Super Cherry" which features the song during a bonus round in the game.

Duracell used the song during a 1999 television commercial for their batteries. The character's car has a mechanical breakdown and is stranded on the side of the road. Installing batteries into his cell phone, he calls a tow truck company for assistance. The music on hold is Play That Funky Music and the character dances to the music in the middle of the road. As the caller on the phone returns, the character asks to be put back on hold (to listen to more of the song).

On an episode of The Oblongs, Bob Oblong sings the tune "Play that funky music, white boy. 'Till you die!"

In the last episode of Home Improvement (Backstage Pass), there is a montage of the Taylor family dancing to "Play That Funky Music."

On the third season of NBC's show The Voice, Coach Cee Lo Green sang Play That Funky Music along with contestant Nicholas David Mrozinski.

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    • The Instrumentalist, ed. (July 1996). "(M4) Play That Funky Music". The Instrumentalist 50: 64. "This is a nice dance tune in a funk/rock beat that calls for some careful work with keys, ranges, and rhythms." 
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