Funky Cold Medina
|"Funky Cold Medina"|
|Single by Tone Lōc|
|from the album Lōc-ed After Dark|
|Released||March 21, 1989|
|Format||7" single; CD single|
|Songwriter(s)||Young MC, Michael Ross, Matt Dike|
|Tone Lōc singles chronology|
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"Funky Cold Medina" is a hip hop song written by Young MC, Michael L. Ross and Matt Dike, and first performed by Tone Lōc. It was the second single from Lōc's debut album Lōc-ed After Dark (1989). The single was released on March 18, 1989, and rose to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 the following month where it went platinum, selling over one million copies. It peaked on the UK Singles Chart at #13 in May of that year.
The song title refers to a fictional aphrodisiac (described as a love potion), which is presented in the accompanying video as a steaming potion. The lyrics tell the tale of Lōc's initially unsuccessful attempts to attract women at a bar. Another patron shares his secret to becoming a chick magnet lies in the drink "Funky Cold Medina". Later, Lōc tests the drink on his dog, who immediately latches onto his leg and attempts to arouse himself sexually, and subsequently becomes more popular with other dogs. Lōc's subsequent attempts to use the drug backfire on him; first he targets a woman who, unbeknownst to him until the couple got undressed, was transgender, and then a woman who becomes immediately intent on marriage (recounting his experiences on the game show Love Connection). In the end, Lōc concludes the concoction is simply not worth the trouble (and the video shows him regretfully emptying the bottle into a storm drain).
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"Funky Cold Medina" contains samples from the following songs: "Honky Tonk Women" by The Rolling Stones, "Hot Blooded" by Foreigner, "Christine Sixteen" by Kiss, '"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and the introduction to "Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)" by The Gap Band.
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||99|
US vinyl, 12", promo
- A1 Funky Cold Medina [Vocal] 4:11
- A2 Funky Cold Medina [Funky Beats] 2:46
- B1 Funky Cold Medina [Instrumental] 4:08
- B2 Funky Cold Medina [Funky Acappella] 1:18
- 1 Funky Cold Medina [7" version] 4:11
In popular culture
- Irish alternative rock band The Frank and Walters recorded a cover of the song, which was later included on their 2-disc compilation of B-sides and rarities Souvenirs in 2005.
- Molotov made their own cover version of "Funky Cold Medina" in 1998.
- Andrew E, a Filipino rapper, recorded a song called "Andrew Ford Medina" in 1991 which has almost the same samples as the song.
- Irish puppet turkey Dustin the Turkey covered the song on his 1998 album "Faith of our Feathers," with the lyrics, "Funky Ford Cortina."
- "Weird Al" Yankovic mentioned "Funky Cold Medina" in his parody of Loc's song "Wild Thing" called "Isle Thing", about Gilligan's Island.
- Appears on the soundtrack of the video game Saints Row: The Third.
- "Funky Cold Medina" is the name of the finishing move of professional wrestling tag team the Canadian NINJAs, which is a Superkick by Portia Perez into a bridging German Suplex by Nicole Matthews.
- Lou Reed selected the song as one of his 'picks of 1989'.
- In the comedy TV show Brooklyn Nine Nine, main character Jake Peralta uses it as a secret knock in episode 23 of the third season of the show
- ASCAP Ace System.
- "Love Potion". TV Tropes.
- "Lyrics". Retrieved 2018-11-29.
- Esther Iverem, "We Think It's Legal: Would You Like a Funky Cold Medina?", Newsday, July 8, 1989, part 2, p. 15.
- "Top Singles - Volume 51, No. 8, December 23, 1989". RPM. December 23, 1999. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
- North, Dale (November 11, 2011). "Saints Row: The Third stations and tracks revealed". Destructoid. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
- Rolling Stone, March 8, 1990