THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
1986-Number 3 single.
Best Bit At 1.53.When Larry Blackmon wrote about ‘Sucker DJ’s’ he was actually referring to the ‘Old School Rappers’ of the early 1980’s who would Rap about the negative rather than the positive,thankfully he wasn’t singing about you and me.
Cameo were formed in the early 1970’s by lead singer and songwriter Larry Blackmon in New York,The United States.They were originally called ‘New York City Players,’but had to change the name as to avoid confusion with the Ohio Players(see also best songs 506.)
‘Word Up’ was a slang term used in 1980’s New York and other US. areas,it was a cooler way of saying ‘I agree.’
The song features a sample of Ennio Morricone’s theme to ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.’
Word Up has charted on three other occasions in the UK as a cover version.In 1994 Scottish Rock group Gun took the song to Number 8,in 1999 ex Spice Girl Mel B peaked at Number 13 and in 2014 Little Mix recorded the song for ‘Sport Relief’ and charted as high as Number 6.
‘Now all you sucker DJ’s who think your fly there’s got to be a reason and we know the reason why.’
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