Get Down Tonight" is a song released in 1975 on the self-titled album by the disco group KC and the Sunshine Band. The song became widely successful, becoming the first of their five No. 1 hits on the . It also reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Hot Soul Singles chart and was an international chart hit, reaching No. 1 in Canada and charting in Australia (No. 44), Belgium (No. 11), the Netherlands (No. 5), and the UK (No. 21). 
Composition [ edit ]
The song displays some of the signature characteristics of the disco era such as a fast tempo and repeating lyrics. The song also features a distinctive introduction, employing a guitar solo rendered at double-speed.
The song was originally titled "What You Want Is What You Get" before KC changed the title to "Get Down Tonight".
Cover versions [ edit ]
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In 1988, "Get Down Tonight" was covered by British band
Shriekback. Harry Wayne Casey appears in the videoclip for a few seconds. In 2010, the song was covered by Sing It Out Loud for the
MTV original movie soundtrack. Turn The Beat Around
Sampling [ edit ]
Mack 10 interpolated the chorus for the hook of "Get A Lil' Head" off his 1998 album . The Recipe In 1998, the song was sampled by the
house production act Bamboo for the hit single "Bamboogie". The song reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1998. 
Appearances in other media [ edit ]
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The original rendition of "Get Down Tonight" has been used in the films
, Sid and Nancy , Forrest Gump , Hotel de Love , Rush Hour , Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo , Pirates of Silicon Valley and Arlington Road . It has also been used in the television shows Roll Bounce (episode " Futurama Crimes of the Hot"), (episode " House, M.D. Top Secret") and (episode " The Big Bang Theory The Pulled Groin Extrapolation"), among others. It was also used in a Bollywood film . The Great Gambler
In 1996, the song was referenced in "The One with the Prom Video" episode of
by Chandler, joking about what Rachel's new boyfriend Casey might want. Friends In 1997, the song was featured in a trailer of the film
. Flubber In 1998 it was sung by Rodney the guinea pig in
. Dr. Dolittle In the 2002 film
, the song is featured as part of the medley-song Austin Powers in Goldmember "Hey Goldmember" along with Earth, Wind & Fire's " Sing A Song" and two other KC and the Sunshine Band's songs, namely " (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" and " That's the Way (I Like It)". The lyrics of all four songs were changed completely, and the song is performed by Foxxy Cleopatra, portrayed by Beyoncé. In 2009, an extended version of this song was played during the dedication ceremonies for
AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas as the stadium's roof was being opened. The ceremonies took place prior to the Dallas Cowboys' regular-season home opener, a game telecast on . NBC Sunday Night Football
Chart performance [ edit ]
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Yorke, Ritchie (1976). The History of Rock'n'roll. Methuen. p. 169. ISBN 978-0-8467-0186-6. And that's the way fans like it, as KC and the Sunshine Band came through with the top disco hit of the year, Get Down Tonight.
^ Henderson, Alex. "KC & the Sunshine Band – KC and the Sunshine Band". AllMusic. All Media Network . Retrieved . May 23, 2013
^ "Gold Platinum Database". Music Canada . Retrieved . June 18, 2014
^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 315.
^ "KC And The Sunshine Band's Sped Up Guitar On 'Get Down Tonight. '" KOOL-FM. April 7, 2011 . Retrieved . May 22, 2016
^ "K.C. & The Sunshine Band History". WODC. April 8, 2016 . Retrieved . May 22, 2016
^ Roberts, David (2004). (17th ed.). London: British Hit Singles & Albums Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 0-85112-199-3.
^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien . Retrieved . June 18, 2014
^ " Ultratop.be – KC & The Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
^ CHART NUMBER 973 – Saturday, September 13, 1975 at the Wayback Machine (archived July 29, 2007). CHUM. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
^ " Top RPM Singles: Issue 4035a." . RPM Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
^ "Le Détail par Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "KC & the Sunshine Band" from the artist drop-down menu . Retrieved . May 16, 2016
^ "Indice per Interprete: K" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons . Retrieved . June 12, 2013
^ " Nederlandse Top 40 – KC And The Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
^ " Dutchcharts.nl – KC & The Sunshine Band – Get Down Tonight" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
^ " Archive Chart: 1975-04-26" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
^ a b c "KC & the Sunshine Band – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network . Retrieved . June 5, 2013
^ CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending AUGUST 23, 1975 at the Wayback Machine (archived October 3, 2012). . Retrieved June 18, 2014. Cash Box magazine
^ RECORD WORLD 1975 at the Wayback Machine (archived August 1, 2004). . Geocities.com. Retrieved June 18, 2014. Record World
^ "Top 200 singles of 1975 as compiled from RPM charts by Brendan Lyttle". . Vol. 24 no. 14. December 27, 1975 RPM . Retrieved . May 16, 2016
^ "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 1975" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 . Retrieved . June 18, 2014
^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1975" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien . Retrieved . June 18, 2014
^ "Top 100 Hits for 1975". The Longbored Surfer . Retrieved . June 18, 2014
^ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – 1975 at the Wayback Machine (archived June 18, 2009). . Retrieved June 18, 2014. Billboard
^ The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1975 at the Wayback Machine (archived September 20, 2012). . Retrieved June 18, 2014. Cash Box magazine
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