Oops Up Side Your Head

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"I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops!)"
Side-A label of the U.S. 7-inch vinyl single
Single by The Gap Band
from the album The Gap Band II
A-side "The Boys Are Back in Town" / "Steppin' (Out)"(UK MERX2)
B-side main title (UK MERX2)
"The Boys Are Back in Town" (UK MER22/X22)
"Party Lights" / "The Boys Are Back in Town" (Netherlands)
None (France)
Released 1979
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1979
Genre Funk, P-Funk
Length 3:29 (7")
8:39 (12")
Label Total Experience/Mercury
Writer(s) Ronnie Wilson, Rudy Taylor, Robert Wilson, Lonnie Simmons & Charlie Wilson.
Producer(s) Lonnie Simmons
Certification Gold
The Gap Band singles chronology
"Steppin' (Out)"
"I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops!)"
"Party Lights"

"I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops!)", (re-titled "Oops Up Side Your Head" on the single as well as being known by other titles such as "Oops Upside Your Head"), is a 1979 funk anthem recorded by the R&B group The Gap Band. Released off their fourth studio album, The Gap Band II, the song and its parent album both achieved commercial success.

The single was released in several countries in different formats. In America, it was a 12" with the B-side being "Party Lights". In the Netherlands, the 12" B-side was "The Boys Are Back in Town". In France, the single was a 7" with no B-side.

In the UK the track first surfaced in mid-late 1979 as the B-side of the 12" release of "The Boys Are Back In Town" / "Steppin' (Out)" (Mercury Records MERX2). Then in 1980, due to its popularity, was flipped and re-titled with just "The Boys Are Back In Town" as the B-Side (Mercury Records 7" MER22 / 12" MERX22). It was later released once again as the B-side to some copies of the remix version of "Party Lights" (Mercury Records 12" MERX37). In 1987, a 12" remix was released in the UK with a Dub version B-side (UK Club records JABX54).

The single became an international hit for the group upon its late 1979 release, though it failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 (peaking at number-one on its Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart), the song hit the top ten on the US R&B and disco charts and became a big-seller overseas where it peaked at number six in the UK in 1980 and number six in the Netherlands.


  • The song, which runs for nearly nine minutes in the full 12" single version, features a driving bass-line with a simple repeated E-G-A-B pattern.

P-Funk influence[edit]

  • The humorous monologues throughout the song by Gap Band lead singer Charlie Wilson were inspired by his cousin Bootsy Collins' own humorous slant in his songs.
  • Wilson's spoken intro, "this is radio station W-GAP", was a reference to Parliament's opening line in "P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)", "welcome to radio station W-E-F-U-N-K, better known as WE-FUNK."[1]
  • The line, "the bigger the headache the bigger the pill, the bigger the doctor the bigger the bill" was said to be influenced by similar lines from Parliament-Funkadelic in the mid-'70s including the line "the bigger the headache, the bigger the pill" in "Dr. Funkenstein". The Jack & Jill line would later be continued on their next anthem, "Humpin'".

Nursery rhyme allusions[edit]

  • (Jack and Jill) "Jack and Jill went up the hill to have a little fun/stupid Jill forgot her pill and now they have a son".
    • Their 1980 song, "Humpin'", also references Jack & Jill.
  • (Humpty Dumpty) "Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall/Humpty Dumpty had a great fall...I say he cracked on the whack!"

Also Little Miss Muffet is mentioned.


The song is said to be one of the first songs to use hip-hop-styled monologues in a song. The song's success broke ground for the group, who would go on to become a successful R&B outfit throughout the 1980s. Today, it remains a popular song in the Gap Band's stable to this day.

In the UK, this song is typically "danced" to by sitting on the floor in rows and performing a rhythmic "rowing" action. The origin of this unusual dance, unique to this track, is credited to DJ Nigel Tolley, and is very widely seen. It was especially popular during the 1980s.[2]


The song was sampled several times,[3] especially during in 1990s G-funk era:

In April 2015, it was announced that the writers of "Oops Upside Your Head" had had their names added to the writing credits of Mark Ronson's hit single "Uptown Funk".[4]

Football chants[edit]

In the 2000s, the song was adopted towards the end of the domestic football season by supporters of various British football clubs in danger of relegation: On winning a crucial match or securing themselves from relegation to a lower league, fans would sing 'We are staying up/Say we are staying up' to the song's tune.[citation needed]

Conversely, those at the summit of a division would sing 'We are top of the league/Say we are top of the league.'

A chant in the 1980s had been "You'll get a boot wrapped 'round your head" to opposing fans.[citation needed] Irish football fans adopted the chant for heroic defender Paul McGrath to the tune of this song. They would sing "Ooh Ah Paul McGrath/Said Ooh Ah Paul McGrath."[5] Manchester United fans had a similar chant for Eric Cantona.[6]


  1. ^ P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up) lyrics at LetsSingIt.com
  2. ^ Video on YouTube
  3. ^ "The Gap Band Music Sampled by Others". WhoSampled. 
  4. ^ Davidson, Amy (1 May 2015). "'Uptown Funk' now has 11 co-writers thanks to 'Oops Upside Your Head'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Might Mac: Paul McGrath". Joe.ie. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Brace, Matthew (29 May 1997). "Ooh aah, Cantona registers new ambition". The Independent (London). Retrieved 4 December 2013. 

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