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"No Show"


November 24, 1981


Vinyl record, cassette single

4:52 (album version) 3:33 (single version)

"Get Down on It" is a 1982 RIAA million-selling Gold-certified single by American band Kool & the Gang. It was originally released on their Platinum-selling Something Special album in 1981.


The song hit the Top 10 of the U.S. Pop and R&B charts in Billboard in early 1982. It entered the UK charts in December 1981 and reached number 3, their highest-charting hit in the UK at that time. It spent a total of 12 weeks on the British play list. Ten years later, it was re-released in the UK charts – on the Mercury label – but only charted for a week (at number 69).


  • Bass, backing vocals – Robert "Kool" Bell
  • Lead Guitar – Charles Smith
  • Keyboards, backing vocals – Ronald Bell
  • Drums, backing vocals – George Brown
  • Lead and backing vocals – James "J.T." Taylor
  • Alto saxophone – Dennis Thomas
  • Trombone – Clifford Adams
  • Trumpet – Michael Ray
  • Peter Andre version

    "Get Down On It" was re-recorded and released as the third overall single from Australian singer Peter Andre's second studio album, Natural. The single featured the band Past to Present. The single reached No.1 in New Zealand and No. 5 on the Australian Singles Chart, achieving Gold status there in March 1996.

    CD1 / Cassette 1
    1. "Get Down On It" (Single Version) – 3:39
    2. "Tell Me When" – 3:48
    3. "Get Down On It" (The One World Mix) – 3:48
    CD2 / Cassette 2
    1. "Get Down On It" (Single Version) – 3:39
    2. "Get Down On It" (The One World Mix) – 3:48
    3. "Get Down On It" (Instrumental) – 4:47
    4. "Get Down On It" (Extended Version) – 4:47
    5. "Get Down On It" (The Toyboy Mix) – 5:43
    6. "Get Down On It" (No Rap Version) – 4:47

    Blue version

    In 2004, the British pop group Blue recorded the song as a collaboration with Kool & The Gang, and released it as the second single from their greatest hits compilation Best of Blue.

    Track listing

    European CD1
    1. "Get Down On It" (Radio Edit) – 3:36
    2. "Get Down On It" (Obi & Josh Mix) – 4:01
    European CD2
    1. "Get Down On It" (Radio Edit) – 3:36
    2. "Get Down On It" (Obi & Josh Mix) – 4:01
    3. "Elements" – 3:40
    4. "Welcome To The Show" – 3:30
    5. "Ballad Medley" – 5:24
    6. "When Summer's Gone" (Live At Riverside – Video) – 3:33


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    Other versions and sampling

  • In 1997, German rapper and DJ, Der Wolf covered it in German in the song "Gib's doch gar nicht."
  • My Morning Jacket covered the song at their midnight set at Bonnaroo 2008. The concert featured many special covers, including "Hit It and Quit It" and "Across 110th Street".
  • In 2008, the song was performed by Westlife on their Back Home Tour.
  • The Canadian-American boy band 3Deep recorded a cover of the song in 1999 for their debut album Yes Yes Yes...No No No, featuring guest vocals from Canadian hip hop artist Michie Mee.
  • This song was sampled by Snoop Dogg in "We Just Wanna Party with You" (1997) for the Men in Black soundtrack.

    This song was sampled by 98 Degrees in "Do You Wanna Dance" from 98 Degrees and Rising.

    Nelly's "Ride wit Me," though it does not strictly sample "Get Down on It," does use an identical chord progression to the Kool & The Gang selection, especially in the refrain.

    Appearances in Other Media

  • The song was used in the background of a scene from Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail!
  • References

    Get Down on It Wikipedia

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