Play That Funky Music

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"Play That Funky Music"
Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry.jpg
Single by Wild Cherry
from the album Wild Cherry
B-side "The Lady Wants Your Money"
Released April 1976
Format 7-inch single
Genre Funk rock[1]
Length
  • 5:00 (album version)
  • 3:12 (single version)
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Rob Parissi
Producer(s) Rob Parissi
Wild Cherry singles chronology
"Get Down"
(1973)
"Play That Funky Music"
(1976)
"Baby Don't You Know"
(1977)
"Get Down"
(1973)
"Play That Funky Music"
(1976)
"Baby Don't You Know"
(1977)

"Play That Funky Music" is a song written by Rob Parissi and recorded by the band Wild Cherry. The single was the first release by the Cleveland-based Sweet City record label in April 1976, and distributed by Epic Records,[2] the performers on the recording included lead singer Parissi, electric guitarist Bryan Bassett, bassist Allen Wentz and drummer Ron Beitle, with session players Chuck Berginc, Jack Brndiar (trumpets), and Joe Eckert and Rick Singer (saxes) on the horn riff that runs throughout the song's verses. The single hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 18, 1976, and was also number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart.[3] The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over 2 million records, eventually selling 2.5 million in the United States alone.[4]

The song was listed at No. 73 on Billboard magazine's "All-Time Top 100 Songs" in 2008.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

Vanilla Ice version[edit]

"Play That Funky Music"
Play That Funky Music Vanilla Ice.jpg
Single by Vanilla Ice
from the album To the Extreme
B-side "Ice Ice Baby"
Released 1989 (album track)[27]
1990 (single)[28]
Format CD single
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:45
Label SBK
Songwriter(s) Rob Parissi
Producer(s) Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice singles chronology
"Play That Funky Music"
(1989)
"Ice Ice Baby"
(1989)
"Play That Funky Music"
(1989)
"Ice Ice Baby"
(1989)

American rapper Vanilla Ice later released a song featuring an interpretation of "Play That Funky Music". Based on this single, the independent record label Ichiban Records signed Vanilla Ice to a record deal, releasing the album Hooked in January 1989, containing "Play That Funky Music" and its B-side, "Ice Ice Baby".[27]

Songwriter Robert Parissi was not credited. Parissi was later awarded $500,000 in a copyright infringement lawsuit.[citation needed]

Although it did not initially catch on, its B-side, "Ice Ice Baby", gained more success when a disc jockey played that track instead of the single's A-side.[29]

Following the success of "Ice Ice Baby", "Play That Funky Music" was reissued as its own single (with new lyrics), and peaked at no. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and no. 10 in the UK.[30]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1991) Peak
Position
Australia (ARIA)[31] 13
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[32] 19
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[28] 16
Canada (RPM 10 Dance)[33] 4
Canada (RPM 100 Hit Tracks)[34] 13
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[35] 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[36] 19
Ireland (IRMA)[37] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[38] 14
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[39] 12
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[40] 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[41] 14
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[30] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[42] 4
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[42] 42
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles[42] 22
US Billboard Hot Rap Singles[42] 7
US Cash Box[43] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Canada (RPM Dance Tracks)[44] 44
US Billboard Hot 100[45] 57

Other cover versions[edit]

  • Canadian saxophonist Warren Hill covered the song on his 2005 album PopJazz.[46]
  • There is an edited version of "Play That Funky Music" without "white boy" that was released for radio airplay around the Boston area, as the original version was briefly banned in that area upon its original release. Instead of "white boy," the words, "hey, funky music" were substituted (Epic cat# AE7 1107), that version is now a collector's item.[47]
  • In 1988, the band Roxanne reached number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a cover version.[48]

Usage in other media[edit]

The song appears on the soundtrack of the film Evolution (2001) and on the open show "Ces Gars-Là", a French-Canadian show on V Télé featuring the stand-up comic Sugar Sammy and Simon-Olivier Fecteau.[49]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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