Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Let's Do It  

In contrast to its musical
predecessor, boogie was defined by slower rhythms and more of a bouncy, dirty and synth oriented groove. But really who came up with this sound? The true answer is Prince, P-Funk and the Gap Band. These were the guys that were playing the gritty, synthy funk tracks in the late 70's. That's not to say that Leroy Burgess and his writing partners Sonny T. Davenport and James Calloway were not on the forefront, they were indeed. Thing is, I like to think of boogie as a sort of indie genre and to the people that have the tasteful hindsight to appreciate it, it is quite arcane. Overall, most of us like to hunt down the rarest records on esoteric and private labels. But these obscure bands that were popping up all across the country in the early 80's were most likely not taking their cues from Convertion or Logg songs, they were doing their best to emulate artists on the level of Prince.

At the end of the day, Leroy Burgess and his Convertion producer Greg Carmichael were very deep in the game, many of their projects were groundbreaking and definitive.
Recorded and released in 1980 Let's Do It was one of the very first tracks that clearly defined the "Boogie-Funk" sound of the 1980's. It's also an amazing fucking record.

Both Convertion and Logg performed live shows at the Paradise Garage in the early 80's. Need that damn time machine again.

Convertion - Let's Do It

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6 comments: to “ Let's Do It

  • June 16, 2009 at 7:22 AM  

    Woah, that sounds a LOT like Sweet thing. Is this another situation like 'Weekend' by Phreek/Class Action?

  • June 16, 2009 at 11:50 AM  

    The Class Action version of "Weekend" was a cover version (albeit with the same vocalist) of the Phreek classic. "Sweet Thing" was Convertion's second single released two years later and it definitely had the same feel as "Let's Do It". Maybe they meant it as a sort of Part 2 or continuation of what they started with the first single.

  • June 16, 2009 at 11:56 AM  

    Ah, cool. Both are awesome regardless!

  • June 17, 2009 at 1:15 PM  

    nice post. my rip of this is poppy - thanks

  • January 3, 2010 at 1:27 PM  

    Absolutely fucking amazing. Like seriously one of the best songs I've ever heard. True feel good music!

  • August 11, 2013 at 9:42 AM  

    played this like a hundred times! pls more tunes in this fashion