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“You gotta get up to get down” - Name that tune

So, its undoubtedly the long nights of coding, and repeated triangle chokes I’ve been enduring, but I’ve had this 80’s song in my head and I can’t get it out.  I don’t know the name of the song, or the artist, and I now consider it my personal mission to figure it out.  This song is my white whale.  Its a poorly rapped song, and between every verse is some dude in the background singing “you got to get up to get down… you got to get up to get down…”

I know that’s not much to go on… but if you’re a child of the 80s, it should be enough.  Now I know all you whipper-snappers won’t know it, so if you want to participate, but don’t know the song, then just tell me what song was your white whale.  Sharing in my misery will make me feel better ;)

Please, I beg you.  If you know this song, throw me a lifeline!  If you’ve never commented on a blog ever before in your life, make this a first.

Things are getting scary.  A video search for “gotta get up to get down” brought me
this video, which is probably the single most scary thing I’ve ever watched.  And yeah… I’m ashamed to say that I did watch nearly all of it.  Its like a car accident… you know you shouldn’t look but you can’t avert your eyes..

What a bad… bad… bad song!

I hereby pledge that ExpressionEngine 2 will not be released until I have an answer for this.  Jones, Ellis, Camacho… you guys listening!

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Comments

Derek Jones wrote on

I’m almost positive that it’s Grandmaster Flash “Get Yours” but I can’t find a single site or service that has it to listen to.  Aaaargh!  It’s in my head!

Low wrote on

I immediately thought of Carpet Crawlers by Genesis, but that’s “You gotta get in to get out”. And a Midomi search came back with Rich Mullins. That’s not it either, I guess. :)

wilbur wrote on

could it be public enemy’s “911 is a joke?”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAoAMHRj3TA

Nick Husher wrote on

What are you talking about, car accident? That video made me I laugh to the point of tears.

PXLated wrote on

Got an iPhone? There’s an app you can sing a part of the song and it will tell you what it is :-)

wilbur wrote on

or if it could have been mid 90’s or so, it could be Coolio - 1,2,3,4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNj3IFkKCOw

Jon wrote on

Have you tried songza?

www.songza.com

Andrew Whitehouse wrote on

Hi Derek,

It isn’t rapped, and it’s the wrong decade, but George Michael’s “Fast Love” has “Gotta get up to get down” in the background.

Derek Jones wrote on

@ Wilbur - that Coolio song actually samples from “The Wikka Wrap” by the Evations, and if the Derek Mental Link is working properly, that’s not the song we’re thinking of.  The voice I hear in my head is definitely not British but sounds much more like Grandmaster Flash, Kurtis Blow, etc.

Derek Jones wrote on

@PXLated - I tried that, it told me I was looking fro “In da Club” (50 Cent).  Riiiiight.

Leslie wrote on

There are a lot of “Gotta get up to get down” but the one that I always think of is the previously mentioned Public Enemy, 911’s a Joke.

Hugh Fletcher wrote on

Sadly, it’s ‘Get Down’ by Take 5. 
http://www.google.com/search?q=You+gotta+get+up+to+get+down+lyrics
I think I remember roller skating to it lol.

Gabe wrote on

DUDE! That video rocks hard core. I remember the song you’re talking about, and it’s in my head now too. It’s definitely not a skater song, and not Public Enemy, you’re close with the Grandmaster Flash feeling. But it was more pop/commercial. I’m on a mission now.

Derek wrote on

Good golly I love you all!  I’ll get this licked yet! 

@Wilbur: man that’s close!  Its the right hook.  I think Jones is right, I just need to hear the original now.

OK, EE2 will get finished afterall.

hypmotize wrote on

Nice video. Looks like my grandma.

Ricky J - Gotta Get Up Lyrics
Album:

Do you want to get on up with me

Startin’ to see the club throughin’
I rock says the bounce heads about next
Smokin’ out your right checks
I got it on with this complex
Everybody always wanna hit me with some nonsense
People come to see me rap it aint hard core
I stay smooth relax it ain’t good
I never played you girl I try to stay true
Got my blood pressure riseing
Try to hypmotize ya girls dont be shy now
Common give your theighs up let me touch your back to I’m a good messager
Give it to you all night
Feelin’ alright
Gettin’ freaky
Boys down we on the seat then

Chorus:
You gotta get up what you wanna do
You gotta get up lets start to move
You gotta get up get into the mood
You gotta get up
You gotta get up what you wanna do
You gotta get up lets start to move
You gotta get up get into the mood
You gotta get up to get down with you

I’m tryin to step to this old jones
Should I lay her like the o zone
Or just relax that my boys home
Bring it to the back cause theres more ice in it
Bring it to the club cause theres more life in it
It damn sounds cool but i’m all nice in it
Want a shiney gold ride having no price limmit
Ricky J whos as bad as him theres no comparison
Dont touch your mic now please its imbarrisin’

Chorus:
You gotta get up what you wanna do
You gotta get up lets start to move
You gotta get up get into the mood
You gotta get up
You gotta get up what you wanna do
You gotta get up lets start to move
You gotta get up get into the mood
You gotta get up to get down with you

You gotta get up
You gotta get up
You gotta get up
You gotta get up
You gotta get up
You gotta get up
You gotta get up
You gotta get up

Eh yo the bombs back
Can you see me through your contacts
Its all that you fall back
When I’m on track
All the ladies in the house say yeah!
My flow is tight when I hold the mic
All these state players tryin’ to make paper
Tryin to make name crick all remain date less
Now I gotta a girl with a face lift
Chest enhanced breast implants
You outta see her naked
Go from the bed to the carpet
Do it to you often on the top floor of your apartment
You keep the oh’s up
I’ll keep the flows ruff
You really wanna front on me then so what

Chorus:
You gotta get up what you wanna do
You gotta get up lets start to move
You gotta get up get into the mood
You gotta get up
You gotta get up what you wanna do
You gotta get up lets start to move
You gotta get up get into the mood
You gotta get up to get down with you

Till Fade:
You gotta get up

(Repeat 12x Till Fade)

Ed Finkler wrote on

it suren sounds like the coolio song wilbur mentions.

Lee wrote on

Wow… this challenge turned into a trip to the past…

Remember these guys

Scott wrote on

Yep, I’m still thinking it’s gotta be Coolio’s One Two Three Four. Such an original title huh? Haha.

[chorus]
“One, Two, Three, Four. Get your woman on the floor. Gonna-gonna get up to get down. Gonna-gonna get up to get down.”

Listen to it in its entirety here:
http://listen.grooveshark.com/index.php?searchQuery=one+two+three+four+coolio

The Wikka Wrap Derek mentioned does fit into the “poorly rapped song” category. sounds like a white guy almost narrating the song… maybe that’s what they call wrapping?

Doubt this particular song is it though. Coolio’s seems closer to the posted lyrics. But I would think he’d have recognized the “One, Two, Three, Four” lyrics if this were indeed it.

Here’s The Wikka Wrap Derek mentioned: http://listen.grooveshark.com/index.php?searchQuery=wikka+wrap

Regardless, I’m holding out hope… I really want EE2!

Cheers Bro :)

Derek Jones wrote on

@Scott - that Coolio song samples from the Wikka Wrap.  The hook is the same with the exception of the loop of the word “gotta” in the phrase “gotta get up to get down”.  Not saying it’s not the song D’Allard was thinking of, but it’s definitely not the one I had stuck in my head the morning he used the phrase “gotta get up to get down”, heh.

Jason wrote on

“Chameleon”, originally performed by Herbie Hancock?

Found that reference here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gangsta’s_Paradise

Scott wrote on

@Darek - Yep, when I said “closer” I mean that Coolio’s line “gotta get up to get down” repeats twice just as in Derek’s note, whereas Wikka Wrap’s chorus doesn’t repeat it, but immediately proceeds it with an otherwise unsampled remainder of the chorus.

“One, two, three, four. Get your woman on the floor. Gotta get up to get down, so really go to town.

Don’t stop till you get enough. Wanna rock with you and shake your stuff. Boogie nights, where it’s alright. Ring my bell. It’s outta sight.”

This song also uses part of another song… Chic’s Good Times. Though I don’t know if it passes as having been “sampled” specifically, more or less just re-sung.

Still, both songs are pretty groovy. And despite popular opinion, I think disco and 80s pop are still two of the best music genres we’ve ever been subjected to. I’m not sure if it’s the 30-or-so years that these songs have been bouncing around in our craniums… including 80s-bred minds like mine.  Or if it’s simply the fact that they just don’t make ‘em like they used to. ;)

One thing is certain: Entertainment comes in the form of a 12” disc. :)

Derek wrote on

You know… I wish I could put this mystery to rest, but I can’t place it now.  That Coolio song is probably it.  It doesn’t fit the “bad rapped” description (well, per se… I guess that’s debatable ;)) but after listening to the video once, I do have to admit that its stuck in my head.  I think that’s it: Wilbur, you get “mad props” now!

And now I have no excuse not to keep on rolling on programming.  Thanks my friends!

Glenn Chan wrote on

Hmm maybe this calls for a rick roll ambush?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBGIQ7ZuuiU

wilbur wrote on

yay me!

georgee porgee wrote on

well, scott is correct. I am shocked! I had this song in my head forever! Thanks so much, I am grateful its over!Peace!