Song of the Day: Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind & Fire

Shiny Disco Ball by flying-phoenix

Boogie Wonderland” is a 1979 hit single by Earth, Wind & Fire featuring The Emotions.
Boogie Wonderland was written by Allee Willis and Jon Lind, and included on the album I Am. It is regarded as a classic of the disco age and peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Lyrics:

Dance boogie
wonderland
dance boogie wonderland
Midnight creeps so slowly into hearts,
of men who need more than they get
daylight deals a bad hand,
to a woman that has laid to many bets

The mirror stares you in the face and says
“baby, uh uh it don’t work”
you say your prayers through you don’t care
you dance and shake the hurt
dance boogie wonderland
dance boogie wonderland

Sound fly through the night
I chase my vinyl drams to boogie wonderland
I find romance when I start to dance in boogie wonderland
I find romance when I start to dance in boogie wonderland

All the love in the world can’t be gone
all the need to be loved can’t be wrong
All the records are playing
and my heart keeps saying
“boogie wonderland, wonderland”
dance boogie wonderland
dance boogie wonderland

All the love in the world can’t be gone
all the need to be loved can’t be wrong
All the records are playing
and my heart keeps saying
“boogie wonderland, wonderland”
dance boogie wonderland
dance boogie wonderland

……

“Boogie Wonderland”, written for the lead singer of Earth, Wind, & Fire’s cousins, was very successful commercially, selling over a million copies and being certified gold as up until the RIAA lowered the sales levels for certified singles in 1989, “gold” equaled 1 million units sold and has also been certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry for selling over 400,000 copies in the U.K.

Covers

“Boogie Wonderland” was the basis for the big beat dance song “I’m Alive” by Stretch & Vern Present “Maddog”; the song reached number 6 in the U.K. in September 1996.
The rock band Girls Against Boys covered the song for the 1999 movie 200 Cigarettes.
A rendition of the song was featured on the reality television competition series American Idol, during the closing minutes of the April 2, 2003 episode. It was performed by the Top 8 finalists from Season 2: Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken, Kimberley Locke, Josh Gracin, Trenyce, Carmen Rasmusen,Kimberly Caldwell and Rickey Smith.[5][6]
It was covered by Brittany Murphy for the soundtrack to the 2006 movie Happy Feet and Madagascar (2005 movie)

Appearances in other media

“Boogie Wonderland” has been featured in the American films Roller BoogieBilly & Mandy’s Big Boogey AdventureMadagascarHappy FeetDon’t Look Under The BedCaddyshack, andThe Emperor’s New Groove 2: Kronk’s New Groove, as well as the French film The Intouchables. It was also in the Ninth Season and 23rd episode of “The Office (U.S. TV series)”.
A remix of the song was also used in the arcade game Dance Dance Revolution 3rdMIX, and the original version appeared later in Hottest Party 3. “Boogie Wonderland” has also been made into different variations by the Southern University Marching Band, Tennessee State University’s Aristocrat of Bands, and the Marching 100. The song is also used in the Australian play, Priscilla: the Musical.
The song is used as the theme for “The Steve Czaban Show” on Yahoo Sports Radio.

Earth, Wind & Fire

Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres R&B, soul, jazz, pop, rock, funk, disco, gospel
Years active 1971–present
Labels Warner Bros., ARC, Columbia, Legacy,Sanctuary
Associated acts Ramsey Lewis, The Pharaohs, Charles Stepney, Phoenix Horns, The Emotions, Caldera,Chicago, Deniece Williams
Website http://www.earthwindandfire.com
Members Maurice White
Verdine White
Philip Bailey
Ralph Johnson
Reggie Young
Gary Bias
B. David Whitworth
Myron McKinley
John Paris
Bobby Burns. Jr
Greg “G-Mo” Moore
Kim Johnson
Morris O’ Connor
Philip Bailey Jr.
Past members Larry Dunn
Al McKay
Yackov Ben Israel
Sherry Scott
Alexander Thomas
Chester Washington
Don Whitehead
Leslie Drayton
Michael Beal
Wade Flemons
Jessica Cleaves
Roland Bautista
Ronnie Laws
Andrew Woolfolk
Johnny Graham
Fred White
Beloyd Taylor
Gary L. Morgan
Rahmlee Michael Davis
Don Myrick
Michael Harris
Louis Satterfield
Raymond Lee Brown
Sheldon Reynolds
Sonny Emory
Vance Taylor
Dick Smith
Fred Ravel
Morris Pleasure
David Romero
Mike McKnight
Robert Brookins
Jenarth Davaberg
Gordon Campbell
Daniel de los Reyes
Bobby Gonzales
John Johnson
Vadim Zilberstein
Krystal Bailey
Jeff Bowen
Cory Grover
Evan Marzouk

image by flying-phoenix

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