Wild Cherry – Wild Cherry (1976)

Wild Cherry - Wild Cherry (1976)
Artist: Wild Cherry
Album: Wild Cherry
Genre: Funk
Origin: USA
Released: 1976
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

01-Play That Funky Music
02-The Lady Wants Your Money
03-99 1/2
04-Don’t Go Near The Water
05-Nowhere To Run
06-I Feel Sanctified
07-Hold On
08-Get It Up
09-What In The Funk Do You See


The debut album from the foursome from Pennsylvania. It featured the ferocious single “Play That Funky Music.” Robert Parissi’s animated vocals were complemented by the soulful chimes of the guitar, a smokin’ bassline, and some hyped backing vocals. It peaked on the Billboard R&B and pop charts at number one. They received rave reviews considering that the band was all white conveying such a funky message. (The arrangement and lyrical phrasing are very similar to that of Stevie Wonder’s “You Haven’t Done Nothing” found on his Fulfillingness’ First Finale album that was released two years prior.) No other singles came from this album. However, there were funk jams and smokin’ numbers including remakes of “No Where to Run” and “99 1/2.” Still, nothing compares to the featured single.
Review by Craig Lytle

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