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Knowing Your Song

Everyone should have a song. It should be YOUR SONG. When you walk into a room, other people start singing it. I got this from a surprise birthday party the other night, in a pool hall, where my friend Tim showed up and, instead of doing the usual hands-to-the-face embarrassment move or the sheepish aw-shucks shoulder-shrugging, he joined his rugby buddies in a hearty, boisterous, lyrically incomprehensible Irish-pub-style drinking song that they had obviously mastered over many many years and many many beers. It was hilarious and heart-warming. They knew his song! And he knew it too. And no one had to cue the other that it was time to sing.

In any case, ever since that night I've been searching for my song and strangely enough I keep coming back to Get Down Tonight, the masterpiece of KC and the Sunshine Band, which like The Gap Band is very underrated. The Big 5 of all time, musically, are probably Mozart, The Beatles, KC and the Sunshine Band, Beethoven and The Gap Band, though some could argue that Bach deserves to be in there somewhere. Maybe sub out Beethoven? JUST THINKING OUT LOUD. I know KC was just a radio DJ with minimal talent, but if you listen really closely with the music fully cranked you can literally feel the genius, especially if you've got a spinning, mirrored disco ball. I can't even say if KC is alive, dead, incarcerated, paroled, or whatever, and as for the remainder of the members of the Sunshine Band, you'd have to guess they're playing a county fair with members of Dawn in their post-Tony-Orlando period.

Alternate pick: "Love Rollercoaster" by the Ohio Players.

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By Joel Achenbach  |  April 19, 2005; 11:32 AM ET
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