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Boogie Oogie Oogie

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B-side  "World Spin"
Format  7" vinyl single
Length  5:37 (LP version)
Released  June 16, 1978
Genre  Disco
Recorded  1978 Pasadena Sounds (Los Angeles, California)

"Boogie Oogie Oogie" is a song by American R&B band A Taste of Honey from their 1978 self-titled debut album. Released as their debut single in the summer of 1978, the song became an extremely popular "crossover" disco song. The lyrics urge listeners to "boogie oogie oogie till you just can't boogie no more".


It topped the U.S. pop, soul, and disco chart, and it eventually sold over two million copies and has become one of the most recognizable songs from the disco era.

In popular culture

In the late 1990s, the song was used in a national campaign advertisement by Burger King and was sampled by numerous rap acts. The song was also used in a campaign for Rold Gold Pretzels (featuring the actor Jason Alexander) in the mid-1990s.

The song was used in the first episode of season four of Nip/Tuck and in an episode of Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil and the first episode of season one of Narcos.

The song is used in the films At Close Range, Barcelona, Contact, Breast Men, Mystery Men, Screwed, Canvas, and The Nice Guys. Other television shows that feature the song include WKRP in Cincinnati, The King of Queens, Everybody Hates Chris, White Heat, Muppets Tonight and Scandal. It's also featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Track listing

7" vinyl single

  1. "Boogie Oogie Oogie" – 3:45
  2. "World Spin" – 3:50

Cover versions and samples

  • GQ released its own version of the song in 1979 as the B-side to their hit single "Disco Nights (Rock-Freak)". The cover picture shows Janice-Marie Johnson holding a classic 1970s Fender Jazz bass guitar.
  • Pure Sugar's "Delicious" in 1998 samples Johnson's bass riff (and Hazel Payne's guitar riff) from "Boogie Oogie Oogie".
  • Wounded Buffalo's remix of Jamiroquai's "Little L", on the single of the same name, samples a portion of Johnson's bass line from this song.
  • Double sampled the song for her song "Driving All Night".
  • In 2005, American singer Brooke Valentine covered the song for the Roll Bounce soundtrack. It features American rappers Fabolous and Yo-Yo.
  • References

    Boogie Oogie Oogie Wikipedia

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