Get It Up

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"Get It Up"
The Time - Get It Up.jpg
7" single cover
Single by the Time
from the album The Time
B-side"After Hi School"
ReleasedJune 26, 1981
Format7" single
RecordedApril 1981
StudioMinneapolis, Minnesota
GenreFunk, pop
Length7" edit: 3:01
Album: 9:08
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Prince (as Jamie Starr)
Producer(s)Prince (as The Starr ★ Company)
The Time singles chronology
"Get It Up"

"Get It Up" is a song by the Time, from their 1981 debut album, and is their debut single. Like most of the album, the song was recorded in Prince's home studio in April 1981, and was produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince with Morris Day later adding his lead vocals. Revolution keyboardist Doctor Fink provided synth solos on the track, uncredited.

The funk-pop number relies on synthesizers and contains numerous solos throughout the song. The song is propelled by a strong bass line and contains live drums and handclaps. A raunchy guitar solo provides a rock element to the funky track. "Get It Up" is basically an ode to sex and Day's attempts to get some. Prince's vocals are very apparent in the song, both in the background and the lead at times.

"Get It Up" was only released as a 7" single with the poppy "After Hi School" as its B-side. "After Hi School", while not an outstanding effort was composed by Dez Dickerson and is perhaps the strongest pop effort on the album. Along with the track "Cool", "Get It Up" peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot R&B singles chart, and at number 16 on the Disco Top 80 chart.[1] The full version of "Get It Up" was later a B-side for the 12" single of "Ice Cream Castles" in 1984. "Get It Up" is one of The Time's more popular numbers, and a live version of the song recorded at the House of Blues in 1998 was included on Morris Day's 2004 album, It's About Time where it segues into "777-9311".

TLC version[edit]

"Get It Up"
TLC - Get It Up.jpg
Single by TLC
from the album Poetic Justice: Music from the Motion Picture
ReleasedJune 6, 1993 (1993-06-06)
FormatCD single
TLC singles chronology
"Hat 2 da Back"
"Get It Up"
Music video
"Get It Up" on YouTube

"Get It Up" was covered by girl group TLC for the Poetic Justice soundtrack becoming a major hit for the group and was later included in TLC's greatest hits album, Now and Forever: The Hits. The video for TLC's "Get It Up" was shot in June 1993.


Chart (1993) Peak
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[2] 25
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 42
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[4] 15
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[5] 14

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 260.
  2. ^ " – TLC – GET IT UP". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "TLC Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "TLC Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "TLC Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2017.