The Gap Band – Party Train (1983)

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The Gap Band – Party Train (1983)

The Gap Band, Party Train is just one of the many great songs you’d hear on The Beat Chicago.

There’s enough stations playing rock n’ roll classics and the same 80’s songs from Bon Jovi, Journey, John Cougar, Elton John all day long and that’s all cool but, when you want something completely different?  When you want everything from Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Spinners to Stevie B, C+C Music Factory classic 80’s dance hits and more of the music that keeps you movin?  we’re it.

See, we’re all about the classics too…. Classic R&B and dance of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, freestyle and more.  For us, it’s not about how old a song is, it’s about how good it is and this is as good as it gets.

Back in 1983, this video was on in every club in the Chicago area. In fact, it was one of those songs like Celebration where it was played at every wedding and party, it was popular across the country but on the radio here in Chicago? Unless you were listening to WBMX or WGCI, it was nowhere to be found.  Hell, it was hard enough to get top 40 radio to play “You Dropped A Bomb on Me” by the boys.  The Gap Band had so many great songs back in the day including “Shake”, “Oops Upside Your Head”, “Burn Rubber”, “Early In The Morning”, the killer ballad “Yearning For Your Love”, “Humpin'”, “Outstanding” and more and few of them every made it to Top 40 radio.

Most people don’t realize this but many of the songs we play here on The Beat were never played on top 40 radio back then because top 40 radio was programmed by some pretty ignorant, anti-dance type GUYS.  Many of them were rolling in sludge at Disco Demolition in 1979, stoned, wasted and blowing up disco records because, you know, disco music was such a threat to our way of life. 

Many of those who programmed radio then are today’s consultants in radio, go figure.  Back in the day, when I dealt with PDs at radio stations (for various reasons) I argued many arguments and once threw a PD down a flight of stairs for being such a blatant ignoramus.  Good times….

Anyways, this video is Charlie Wilson, his brother and the boys set on a beach with some great dancers, great scenery set to a great song.

Click here to check out a classic concert we featured on our Hump Day classics.

Dig it!

Source: Sal Amato


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