Get Down on It

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"Get Down on It"
Get Down On It by Kool & the Gang.jpg
Single by Kool & the Gang
from the album Something Special
B-side "No Show"
Released November 24, 1981
Format Vinyl record, cassette single
Recorded 1981
Genre Post-disco[1]
Length 4:52 (album version)
3:33 (single version)
Label De-Lite Records
Writer(s) Ronald Nathan Bell, Claydes Charles Smith, George Melvin Brown, James "J.T." Taylor, Robert Spike Mickens, Robert Earl Bell and Eumir Deodato
Kool & the Gang singles chronology
"Steppin' Out"
(1981)
"Get Down on It"
(1981)
"Joanna"
(1983)

"Get Down on It" is a 1982 RIAA million-selling Gold-certified single by American band Kool & the Gang. It was originally released on their Platinum-selling Something Special album in 1981.

The song hit the Top 10 of the U.S. Pop and R&B charts in Billboard in early 1982. It entered the UK charts in December 1981 and reached number 3, their highest-charting hit in the UK at that time. It spent a total of 12 weeks on the British play list. Ten years later, it was re-released in the UK charts – on the Mercury label – but only charted for a week (at number 69).

Track listing[edit]

French 12" Vogue Records – 310933, De-Lite Records – 310933[2]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Get Down on It" James Taylor, Ronald Bell & Kool and the Gang 6:07
2. "No Show" George Brown, James Taylor, Ronald Bell & Kool and the Gang 4:19
Get Down on It/Steppin' Out, De-Lite Records - DE 818[3]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Get Down on It" James Taylor, Ronald Bell & Kool and the Gang 3:33
2. "Steppin' Out" Ronald Bell, James Taylor & Kool and the Gang 3:28
Get Down on It/Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It), De-Lite Records - DG2607:[4]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Get Down on It" James Taylor, Ronald Bell & Kool and the Gang 3:42
2. "Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)" Claydes Charles Smith, James Taylor & George Brown 3:59

Charts[edit]

Charts (1982) Peak
position
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 43
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[8] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 3

Charts for Eiffel 65 remix[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[12] 35
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 98

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Peter Andre version[edit]

"Get Down On It"
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Single by Peter Andre featuring Past to Present
from the album Natural
Released February 12, 1996
Format CD Single, Cassette
Recorded 1995
Length 4:47
Label Melodian
Writer(s) Bell, Taylor, Brown, Hickens, Nash, Giftens, Thomas, Smith, West
Producer(s) Ashley Cadell
Peter Andre chronology
"Mysterious Girl"
(1995)
"Get Down On It"
(1996)
"Only One"
(1996)

"Get Down On It" was re-recorded and released as the third overall single from Australian singer Peter Andre's second studio album, Natural. The single featured the band Past to Present. The single reached No.1 in New Zealand and No. 5 on the Australian Singles Chart, achieving Gold status there in March 1996.[14]

CD1 / Cassette 1
  1. "Get Down On It" (Single Version) – 3:39
  2. "Tell Me When" – 3:48
  3. "Get Down On It" (The One World Mix) – 3:48
CD2 / Cassette 2
  1. "Get Down On It" (Single Version) – 3:39
  2. "Get Down On It" (The One World Mix) – 3:48
  3. "Get Down On It" (Instrumental) – 4:47
  4. "Get Down On It" (Extended Version) – 4:47
  5. "Get Down On It" (The Toyboy Mix) – 5:43
  6. "Get Down On It" (No Rap Version) – 4:47

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[15] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[16] 1

Blue version[edit]

"Get Down on It"
Blue Get Down On It.jpg
Single by Blue featuring Kool & the Gang and Lil' Kim
from the album Best of Blue
Released 3 January 2005
Format CD Single
Recorded June 2004
Length 4:37
Label Innocent
Writer(s) Ronald Nathan Bell, Claydes Charles Smith, George Melvin Brown, James "J.T." Taylor, Robert Spike Mickens, Robert Earl Bell and Eumir Deodato
Producer(s) Stargate
Blue singles chronology
"Curtain Falls"
(2004)
"Get Down on It"
(2005)
"Only Words I Know"
(2005)

In 2004, the British pop group Blue recorded the song as a collaboration with Kool & The Gang, and released it as the second single from their greatest hits compilation Best of Blue.

Track listing[edit]

European CD1
  1. "Get Down On It" (Radio Edit) – 3:36
  2. "Get Down On It" (Obi & Josh Mix) – 4:01
European CD2
  1. "Get Down On It" (Radio Edit) – 3:36
  2. "Get Down On It" (Obi & Josh Mix) – 4:01
  3. "Elements" – 3:40
  4. "Welcome To The Show" – 3:30
  5. "Ballad Medley" – 5:24
  6. "When Summer's Gone" (Live At Riverside – Video) – 3:33

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[17] 41
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[18] 24
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[19] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[20] 16
Germany (Official German Charts)[21] 29
Hungary (Single Top 40)[22] 6
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[23] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 35

Other versions and sampling[edit]

  • In 1997, German rapper and DJ, Der Wolf covered it in German in the song "Gib's doch gar nicht."
  • My Morning Jacket covered the song at their midnight set at Bonnaroo 2008. The concert featured many special covers, including "Hit It and Quit It" and "Across 110th Street".[25]
  • In 2008, the song was performed by Westlife on their Back Home Tour.
  • The Canadian-American boy band 3Deep recorded a cover of the song in 1999 for their debut album Yes Yes Yes...No No No, featuring guest vocals from Canadian hip hop artist Michie Mee.

This song was sampled by Snoop Dogg in "We Just Wanna Party with You" (1997) for the Men in Black soundtrack.

This song was sampled by 98 Degrees in "Do You Wanna Dance" from 98 Degrees and Rising.

Nelly's "Ride wit Me," though it does not strictly sample "Get Down on It," does use an identical chord progression to the Kool & The Gang selection, especially in the refrain.

Appearances in Other Media[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kool & The Gang – Gangthology". Uncut. June 1, 2003. Retrieved May 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Get Down on It/No Show". Discogs. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Get Down on It/Steppin' Out". Discogs. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Get Down on It/Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)". Discogs. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Musicline.de – Kool & The Gang Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  10. ^ "Kool & The Gang – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Kool & The Gang. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  11. ^ "December 1981/ Archive Chart: 19 December 1981" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It (Eiffel 65 remix)" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It (Eiffel 65 remix)". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  14. ^ info to come. "Music | Pete's Place – The Official Peter Andre Website". Peterandre.com. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  15. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Peter Andre feat. Past To Present – Get Down On It". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  16. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Kool & The Gang feat. Past To Present – Get Down On It". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  17. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Blue feat. Kool & The Gang and Lil' Kim – Get Down On It" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blue feat. Kool & The Gang and Lil' Kim – Get Down On It" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blue feat. Kool & The Gang and Lil' Kim – Get Down On It" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  20. ^ "Blue feat. Kool & The Gang and Lil' Kim: Get Down On It" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  21. ^ "Musicline.de – Blue feat. Kool & The Gang and Lil' Kim Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  22. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  23. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Blue feat. Kool & The Gang and Lil' Kim – Get Down On It" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  24. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Blue feat. Kool & The Gang and Lil' Kim – Get Down On It". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  25. ^  Posted by Ray Padgett at 4:00 pm (2016-09-29). "In the Spotlight: My Morning Jacket - Cover Me". Covermesongs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 

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