Tuesday, April 8, 2014

G is for "Groove is in the Heart"

Oftentimes, lightning only strikes once for many singers and bands. My A-Z Challenge for 2014 will focus on those glorious "one hit wonders" spanning the 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Some are my favorite songs, others are just plain memorable (for better or for worse). Join me in celebrating these 26 one hit wonders in pop music!

Back in 1990, music was just on the verge of going into its grunge phase. But on the eve of this revolution, we still had retro-70s pop music still going on the charts (i.e. B-52s "Love Shack"). Deee-Lite's "Grove is in the Heart" is a fun mix of disco, funk, pop, and hop-hop.

The song is heavily sampled, borrowing from Herbie Hancock, Vernon Burch, and Eddie Jefferson. Oh, and don't forget the rap from A Tribe Called Quest's (remember them?) Q-Tip. And there is a lot of cow-bell goin' on! The result is a psychedelic great dance song that topped out at #4 in America and #1 in Australia. It was the biggest club song of the year.

Some would argue that Deee-Lite isn't a one-hit wonder group, since they did score another 6 top dance songs, but as far as popular mainstream music is concerned, after "Groove is in the Heart," the group pretty much disappeared. They disbanded just seven or eight years after their biggest hit.


13 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not my kind of music, but during the first Challenge four years ago, Q-Tip was one of the things I listed for Q.

Chris said...

Oh I definitely remember this one. 1990 was the height of my MTV viewing; I couldn't avoid it if I wanted to! It was a very ... groovy song.

Jenna Howard said...

The song annoyed me then.
The song annoys me now.
The slide whistle doesn't help.

Pat Dilloway said...

I vaguely remember that. It was sort of catchy.

Robin said...

I didn't know this song until I played it. Yeah, apparently I was still Clubbing It some in the 90s. I had no idea what this song was called, but I have danced to it.... ha!

The video is a bit disconcerting. All of that psychedelic stuff makes me a bit dizzy. Too much colors spinning. I could only watch it so long before I had to shift to strictly listening.

Lisa said...

Ah, one hit wonders...I was recently thinking about how many authors out there could fit in the same category. This is a fun idea for a theme. I look forward to see what other memories you tap into in the coming weeks.

lilypadheart said...

Dropped by as a fellow A to Z Blogger and want to say thanks for the memories of these songs! Can't wait to see what you have set up for the rest of the alphabet!

Tony Laplume said...

Great song! But I previously thought the phrase was "Groove is in the house." So another pop song corrected.

mooderino said...

I loved this song. Always filled the dance floor.

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Bread Williams said...

I love the way this song starts, those first few beats.

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farawayeyes said...

This is another one I missed, or tuned out, or turned off, or something.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Forgot all about this one. Fun jam.

Mel Chesley said...

I hate to admit it, but I LOVE this song. lol!

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