Murphy's Law (song)

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"Murphy's Law"
Single by Chéri
from the album Chéri (Canada and France, 1982)
Murphy's Law (US, 1982)
Released 1982
Format 7", 12"
Genre Pop, funk
Length 3:53
Label Venture Records (U.S.)
21 Records (Canada)
Polydor (France)
Writer(s) Daniel Joseph, Geraldine Hunt
Producer(s) Freddie James, Geraldine Hunt

"Murphy's Law," was the name of a number 1 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart single by the Canadian/American female dance music duo Chéri. It reached the top spot in May 1982 and stayed there for three weeks.[1] The single also reached number 5 on the soul chart, reached the UK top twenty, and entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at number 39.[2]


Written and produced by Geraldine Hunt and Freddie James, the mother and brother of Chéri singer Rosalind Hunt, the song is based on the sayings of Murphy's Law, in which they told a boyfriend that his good luck had just run out and everything he had owned were being taken away from him. When he realizes what has happened and thought that it wouldn't happen to him, the ladies reply by telling him "got it all together, dontcha baby..." The track is also best known for featuring squeaky sped-up vocals and laughs throughout the song and in its chorus.

Although the song is considered both a Club and an Old School classic today, it would also be a one-hit wonder, even though they did have a few minor hits on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart: "Give It To Me Baby"/"Star Struck" (#57, 1982), "Working Girl" (#27, 1983), and "Small Town Lover" (1983).

Other versions[edit]

  • The song has been featured on Canadian band Chromeo's DJ-Kicks compilation.
  • A sampled portion of the single was used in French electronica artist Onra's 2010 song "L.I.A.B."[3]

Track listings[edit]

7" (US)
  • A Murphy's Law (Remix) (3:53)
  • B Murphy's Law (Instrumental) (3:51)
12" (US)
  • A Murphy's Law (6:42)
  • B Murphy's Law (6:27)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 56. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 115. 
  3. ^ From WhoSampled

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