Calloway Remembers What’s Truly Important This Time Of Year

Dec 20th, 2007 // 5 Comments


It’s the holidays during a time of economic downturn, a time when so much modern music is looking back to the recession-era vibe of slick early ’90s dance-pop. (You know, back when a hair metal drummer could man the sub-Sheila E skins for a Jheri-curled R&B duo in white tube socks.) And since we’re all strapped right now, let’s forget the love, peace, and happiness for a moment with the paper-chasing gentlemen of Calloway.

Calloway – “I Wanna Be Rich” [YouTube; HT: Ned Raggett]

  1. Ned Raggett

    Too kind of you.

  2. Maura Johnston

    this song is so freaking awesome.

    la la la-la-la-la la!

  3. Dickdogfood

    IIRC, they were, in fact, related to Cab Calloway somehow.

  4. Ned Raggett

    Check out the credits:

    …in college they formed Midnight Star, a synth-funk outfit that broke up in 1988.

    After Star ran its course, the two left to focus on solo and producing work. Previously they had written hits for acts like Teddy Pendergrass (“Joy”), Gladys Knight & the Pips ( “Love Overboard”), Natalie Cole ( “Jump Start”), Levert (“Casanova”), Klymaxx (“Meeting in the Ladies Room”), and The Whispers (“Contagious”)

  5. jb

    the directness, the west indian affect, the long synthy breakdowns, the “i spend my money on lottery/my favorite number is 123″: incroyable. my best friend and i have been serenading the heavens with this song since forever.

    and those credits are astounding. “casanova” remains in my regular rotation. i don’t recall cole’s “jump start” or the whisper’s “contagious”–although i have seen a bedazzled vested cole absolutely kill at the apollo and the flattop-afroed scott twins et al shimmy at wingate field–but the rest of those joints are classic.

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