Word Up! (song)

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"Word Up!"
Single by Cameo
from the album Word Up!
B-side"Urban Warrior"
ReleasedMay 27, 1986
Format7" single, 12" single, CD single
Recorded1986
GenreR&B,[1] funk,[2] hip hop
Length4:20
LabelAtlanta Artists
Writer(s)Larry Blackmon
Tomi Jenkins
ProducerLarry Blackmon
Cameo singles chronology
"Single Life"
(1985)
"Word Up!"
(1986)
"Candy"
(1986)
 
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"Word Up!"
Single by Cameo
from the album Word Up!
B-side"Urban Warrior"
ReleasedMay 27, 1986
Format7" single, 12" single, CD single
Recorded1986
GenreR&B,[1] funk,[2] hip hop
Length4:20
LabelAtlanta Artists
Writer(s)Larry Blackmon
Tomi Jenkins
ProducerLarry Blackmon
Cameo singles chronology
"Single Life"
(1985)
"Word Up!"
(1986)
"Candy"
(1986)

"Word Up!" is a R&B/funk song written and originally recorded by Cameo in 1986. Due to its heavy play on American dance and R&B radio, as well as music video play on MTV (which has LeVar Burton as a police detective trying to arrest the band), the single became the band's most well-known hit.

From the album Word Up!, "Word Up!" was Cameo's first US Top 40 hit, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also spent three weeks at number 1 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart[3] and one week at number 1 on the US Hot Dance Singles chart. In the UK it spent 13 weeks in the top 40, peaking at number 3 in September 1986. The song was written by Lawrence Ernest Blackmon & Thomas Michael Jenkins.

Like the band's previous single, "Single Life," "Word Up!" features a sample of the opening notes of Ennio Morricone's theme to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986-1987)Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4]6
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5]10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6]8
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[7]8
Canada (RPM 100 Singles)[8]12
Europe (Pan-European Charts)[9]14
Germany (Media Control AG)[10]3
Ireland (IRMA)[11]8
Italy (FIMI)[12]6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13]10
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[14]9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15]1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16]13
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17]3
US Billboard Hot 100[18]6
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[18]1
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[18]3
US Billboard Hot Black Singles[18]1

Gun version[edit]

"Word Up!"
Single by Gun
from the album Swagger
ReleasedJuly 1, 1994
Format12" single, CD single
Recorded1994
GenreHard rock, heavy metal, glam metal
Length4:21
LabelA&M
Gun singles chronology
"Welcome to the Real World"
(1992)
"Word Up!"
(1994)
"Don't Say It's Over"
(1994)

In the 1990s, "Word Up!" was first covered by Scottish rock band Gun,[19] whose version carried a harder, more rock-oriented sound, including a guitar solo. Taken from their album Swagger, it was released on July 1, 1994 and reached number 8 in the UK singles chart.[20] Two versions of the CD single were released in the UK, each carrying different cover art and different tracks.[21]

Gun's version of the song was featured on the soundtrack to 1996 film Barb Wire, and was also used in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation season one episode "Who Are You?". The Gun version was also featured on the 2011 series of British television show Dancing on Ice, when Vanilla Ice used it as background music for his dance in the first episode.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994)Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[22]41
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[23]24
France (SNEP)[24]46
Germany (Media Control AG)[25]32
Ireland (IRMA)[11]17
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[26]21
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[27]14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[28]39
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20]8


Melanie B version[edit]

"Word Up!"
Single by Melanie B
ReleasedJune 28, 1999
Format
Recorded1999
Genre
Length3:25 (Radio edit)
5:23 (CD single version)
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerTimbaland
Melanie B singles chronology
"I Want You Back"
(1998)
"Word Up!"
(1999)
"Tell Me"
(2000)
Music video
"Word Up" on YouTube

"Word Up!" was later covered by Melanie B (known as Melanie G at that time).[29] It was released on June 28, 1999. It peaked at number 14 at UK Singles Chart. The single was also on the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack. "Word Up!" sold about 77,996 copies in the UK, which was the lowest selling solo Spice Girls-related single of the 1990s.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999)Peak
position
Italy (FIMI)[30]34
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[31]86
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[32]14

Korn version[edit]

"Word Up!"
Single by Korn
from the album Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
ReleasedNovember 16, 2004
Format7" single, 12" single, CD single
Recorded2004
GenreFunk metal
Length2:53
LabelEpic
ProducerJonathan Davis, Korn, and Toby Wright
Korn singles chronology
"Everything I've Known"
(2003)
"Word Up"
(2004)
"Another Brick in the Wall, Pts. 1-3"
(2004)

"Word Up!" by American nu metal band Korn is a cover of the song by R&B group, Cameo.[33] Its musical arrangements are similar to that of the cover version by Gun, except it is played in a lower sounding 7 string guitar tuning instead of the standard E. "Word Up!" was the first track featured on Korn's 2004 retrospective album, Greatest Hits, Volume 1, and was one of three new tracks along with Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" that was exclusive to the album (the "Word Up!" CD single also featured a live performance of the latter).

It was released as the album's first single in July 2004, and received heavy airplay on alternative radio at its time of release, peaking in the top 20 of both Billboard charts,[34] whilst making a respectable impression on the mainstream charts of other countries, including Australia (where it debuted at number 28),[35] and Germany (number 46).[36] It is the only Korn single to be sent out to Top 40 radio stations, notably receiving airplay on New York City's Z-100, the largest Top 40 station in the US. Lead singer Jonathan Davis has said of the band's decision to include the song on their greatest hits, "We've been doing 'Word Up!' for years as a sound-check song - not the full version, just messing around with the riff".[37]

The music video for the song, directed by Antti Jokinen, featured the band-member's faces digitally edited onto dogs in a club scene with women dancing topless the parody of Basement Jaxx - "Where's Your Head At" music video. The track is featured in the video game Lego Rock Band.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[35]28
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[38]58
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[39]9
Germany (Media Control AG)[36]46
Norway (VG-lista)[40]15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[41]47
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 10023
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[34]16
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[34]17

Other cover versions[edit]

Live cover performances[edit]

Appearances in other media[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
"The Rain" by Oran "Juice" Jones
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop number one single
October 4, 1986 – October 18, 1986
Succeeded by
"Shake You Down" by Gregory Abbott
Preceded by
"Human" by The Human League
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
November 15, 1986
Succeeded by
"Don't Leave Me This Way" by The Communards with Sarah Jane Morris

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