Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

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"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
Single by C+C Music Factory
from the album Gonna Make You Sweat
B-sideRemix
ReleasedDecember 14, 1990
FormatCD single, CD maxi, 7" single,
12" maxi
Recorded1990
GenreDance-pop, hip house, house
Length4:04
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Robert Clivillés, Freedom Williams (arr: David Cole)
ProducerFreedom Williams, David Cole,
CertificationPlatinum (US), Gold (US), Gold (UK)
C+C Music Factory singles chronology
"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
(1990)
"Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)"
(1991)
 
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"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
Single by C+C Music Factory
from the album Gonna Make You Sweat
B-sideRemix
ReleasedDecember 14, 1990
FormatCD single, CD maxi, 7" single,
12" maxi
Recorded1990
GenreDance-pop, hip house, house
Length4:04
LabelColumbia
Writer(s)Robert Clivillés, Freedom Williams (arr: David Cole)
ProducerFreedom Williams, David Cole,
CertificationPlatinum (US), Gold (US), Gold (UK)
C+C Music Factory singles chronology
"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
(1990)
"Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)"
(1991)

"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" is the title of a song by American dance group C+C Music Factory. It was released in late 1990 as the lead single from the album, Gonna Make You Sweat. The song charted internationally and achieved a great success in U.S., Austria, Germany and Switzerland where it reached number one on the charts.

Contents

Background and writing

The rap was performed by Freedom Williams and the vocal "Everybody Dance Now" by disco/house music artist Martha Wash.

The official music video features Zelma Davis lip-synching to the actual Martha Wash vocal parts.

Wash, perturbed by the fact that her image had been labeled "unmarketable" due to her weight, successfully sued to receive proper credit (and royalties). Wash's courtroom efforts spurred legislation making vocal credits mandatory on CDs and music videos.

Reception

When it was first released, "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" was met by widespread commercial recognition, initiating the house movement of the early '90s. Topping charts in several countries, the song dominated the airwaves while its accompanying music video received constant rotation on MTV. Music critics praised "Gonna Make You Sweat" for Freedom Williams' Ice-T-like rap delivery in conjunction with Martha Wash's powerful, exuberant, post-disco vocals and deemed the song as a bona fide classic.[1] However, over the years, the song came to be used and/or referenced an innumerable amount of times by entertainment industry, to the point where it became something of a musical, pop culture cliché. By 2007, the song was criticized by Allmusic as "the lazy Hollywood 'go-to' song for supposed laugh-filled, irony-fueled dance numbers."[2]

Chart performances and cover versions

The song held the top spot in the Billboard Magazine list of popular dance club tunes for five weeks in December 1990, and topped Billboard Hot 100 Singles list for two weeks in 1991 (February 9 and February 16.) It reached #3 in the UK in January, a full month before its American pop success. It even found success in the urban contemporary music world as it crossed over to the R&B charts where it reached number-one for a week.

It was covered in a remixed version by French DJ Bob Sinclar's 2006 song "Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)" which became a huge hit in many countries.

Norwegian band Combichrist have also done an EBM remix for the compilation Das Bunker (Choice of a New Generation).[3]

In 2011, Ivi Adamou and the rapper Midenistis performed a cover version at the annual Mad Video Music Awards.

In 2012, UK Grime artist Skepta sampled the song on his single Make Peace Not War.

King Julien performed this song in the 2012 film Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.

References in popular culture

The song was played in many films, including The Super, Sister Act, both the 1995 and 2005 versions of Man of the House, Space Jam, Something's Gotta Give, Robots (film), Jarhead, Chicken Little, Old School, Evan Almighty and Detention.

It was also used in TV series, such as in the episode "Alpha" of The Flash (1990-1991), the episodes "The Big Four-Oh" and "Banks Shot" of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, "Meet By-Product" in King of Queens, in an episode of So You Think You Can Dance, in a 2010 episode and the 2011 season premiere of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, in an episode of The Office, “Cafe Disco” in which both Andy and Kelly had a dance off, in an episode of American Dad entitled When a Stan Loves a Woman, and was played twice during a 1997 episode of The Simpsons, “Homer's Phobia”, as Bart and Homer leave a steel mill that turns out to be operated by homosexuals, and during the end credits, as well as "Love Is a Many Strangled Thing" where the Simpsons are at a football game and the video screen implores the audience to make fools of themselves to the rhythmic beats of the song. The song is also sung by King Julien in the movie, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted as he shoots fireworks up over the Port de Monte Carlo, as a gag that the animals want to be quiet, but Julien is blundering this by making noise.

This song also appared in the videogame Dance Central 2 how DLC.

Music video

The video featured dancers performing in front of a white back drop. Zelma Davis lip-synchs to the recorded vocals of Martha Wash. A short clip of Double Dutch is shown near the end.

Track listings

CD single
  1. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (radio version) – 4:06
  2. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (in your face mix instrumental) – 4:54
7" single
  1. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (radio version) – 4:06
  2. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (in your face mix instrumental) – 4:54
12" maxi
  1. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (the slammin' vocal club mix) – 6:50
  2. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (Clivilles & Cole DJ's choice mix) – 5:00
  3. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (the master mix instrumental) – 4:54

Charts and sales

Peak positions

Chart (1990-91)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4]3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4]1
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[5]3
Canada (RPM)[6]6
Canada Dance (RPM)[7]1
France (SNEP)[4]43
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8]1
Ireland (IRMA)[9]13
Italy (FIMI)[10]26
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11]2
New Zealand (RIANZ)[4]2
Norway (VG-lista)[4]5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[4]5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[4]1
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[12]3
US Billboard Hot 100[13]1
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs[13]1
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs[13]1

End of year charts

End of the year chart (1991)Position
Australia (ARIA)[14]26
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[15]30
Canada Dance (RPM)[16]2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11]17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17]13
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[18]3

Certifications

CountryCertificationDateSales certified
U.S.[19]PlatinumJanuary 16, 19911,000,000

See also

References

  1. ^ Elias, Jason (1990). "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) – Song Review". allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/song/t846331. Retrieved 2009-03-28.
  2. ^ Monger, James (2007-07-03). "allmusic ((( Evan Almighty [Soundtrack] > Overview )))". allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1086565. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
  3. ^ "Das Bunker (Choice of a New Generation)". http://www.discogs.com/Various-Das-Bunker-Choice-Of-A-New-Generation/release/2902264. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  5. ^ Belgian peak
  6. ^ Canada top singles peak
  7. ^ Canada dance peak
  8. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  9. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  10. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: C". Hit Parade Italia. http://www.hitparadeitalia.it/indici/per_interprete/ac.htm. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1991" (in Dutch) (pdf). Top40. http://www.top40.nl/pdf/Top%20100/top%20100%20-%201991.pdf. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  12. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  13. ^ a b c Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  14. ^ 1991 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  15. ^ 1991 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  16. ^ Canada dance end of year peak
  17. ^ 1991 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved August 5, 2008)
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1991". http://longboredsurfer.com/charts.php?year=1991. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  19. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved August 5, 2008)