Stop! Grammy Time

The first confirmed performers for the all-systems-go Grammys have been announced by the Recording Academy®, and the lineup includes ... The Time!

Yeah, we didn't see that coming, either.

The funkadelic Prince proteges are reuniting for the Feb. 10 telecast, on which they'll perform with the pop-soul diva Rihanna - who, it must be noted, was born six years after all those stupid kids (raises hand) started calling "777-9311" because of The Time hit of the same name.

The Time has been performing again in recent years, usually as Morris Day and the Time - but it's not the full original lineup. Have to figure, though, that Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis - who were kicked out of the band a quarter century ago - will be back for this performance, particularly given Jam's position as the chairman of the Recording Academy's board of trustees. (As Mel Brooks mighta said: "It's good to be chairman.") Hopefully, guitarist Jesse Johnson shows up, too.

Not sure what The Time and Rihanna are going to perform together, but I'm hoping for a "Jungle Love"/"Umbrella" mash-up in which "ow-ee-ow-ee-oh" and "ella-ella-ella-ehh-ehh-ehh" are somehow intertwined.

Meanwhile, the first paragraph of the Recording Academy press release is below. Note that Aretha Franklin has a new title - sorta like the Academy equivalent of Sir Elton, I guess.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2008) -- Beyoncé; Foo Fighters; Carrie Underwood; 2008 MusiCares® Person of the Year Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, the Clark Sisters, Israel And New Breed, and Trin-I-Tee 5:7 in a special gospel segment; and Rihanna with a reunited the Time in a special 50th anniversary segment are the first performers announced for the 50th Annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast, it was announced today by The Recording Academy®.

By J. Freedom du Lac |  January 24, 2008; 2:46 PM ET Awards Shows
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Morris Day and the Time are a staple at county fairs and Holiday Inn New Years Eve blowouts. Without Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Jesse Johnson, this is just a Writers Strike booze crooz. How come Coachella couldn't snag this reunion. If no Jesse Johnson on electric guitar, we could have had barefootin' Jack Johnson on acoustic guitar for 777-9311.

Posted by: Yes, I am Better than You | January 24, 2008 3:33 PM

Some great soul singers are going to be there.. Aretha and Mary J.. Now all we need is Elliott Yamin the independent artist from American Idol who has already sung with Mary J. and that would make one Soulful night of song.

Posted by: Tara | January 24, 2008 7:26 PM

Wow... are you guys just joking or do you listen to 777 9311 a lot? I just learned about that song 4-5 years ago as I was learning about early 80s R&B and Boogie. The song is amazing - Do you realize there's no kick drum on the downbeat?! How many other pop songs can you say that about. Truly groundbreaking.

Posted by: G man | January 24, 2008 8:27 PM

@G man: No joke! I absolutely wore out my copy of "What Time Is It?" (Actually, it was my brother's album; but I claimed it as my own.)

You know who wrote, produced and performed all the music on the song, right? The Artist Previously/Occasionally Pseudonymed As "Jamie Starr."

Posted by: J. Freedom | January 24, 2008 9:28 PM

Speaking of '80s flashbacks ...

Brooke Shields and Emmanuel Lewis might want to reserve Feb. 10 on their calendars: Diane Dimond, of all people, is reporting on her blog that Michael Jackson will appear on the Grammys - "and maybe sing?" (Her question mark, not mine.) (Also, hat tip to Tom O'Neil's Gold Derby blog over at LATimes.com.)

Dimond, of course, reported on the Jackson trial for Court TV and is the author of "Be Careful Who You Love: Inside the Michael Jackson Case." Her blog post is mostly about Sony BMG's apparent plans for a big 25th anniversary edition of "Thriller," which, she reports, would include a Kanye West remix of "Billie Jean," new versions of "PYT (Pretty Young Thing)" and "The Girl Is Mine" with will.i.am, and collaborations with Akon ("Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'") and freakin' Fergie ("Beat It").

Fergie, by the way, is nominated for a Grammy this year - and Akon is up for four of the awards. If Jackson does, indeed, perform on the telecast, look for a big, bizarre medley featuring the two of them, along with will.i.am, who has the official Recording Academy seal of approval. (He's been nominated for more than 10 awards, including producer of the year in 2007.)

Could be the most awesomely weird Grammy moment since Sly Stone (sort of) showed up in 2006.

Posted by: J. Freedom | January 25, 2008 9:05 AM

Jungle Love is my all time favorite song!!
I agree with previous poster, that the Grammys need Elliott Yamins great soulful voice to round out the night!!

Posted by: Brenda | January 25, 2008 9:50 AM

I thought Terry and Jimmy quit; why were they kicked out? -E

Posted by: Jet Age Eric | January 25, 2008 11:22 AM

Amen, amen, to the music gods: We need some Elliott Yamin, whose phenomenal voice just melts our soul!

Posted by: Benmyoho | January 25, 2008 12:21 PM

i called 777-9311 lol dont ask some chinese voice mail lol his voicemail was full to :*P

Posted by: Anonymous | April 13, 2008 9:42 PM

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