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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Video of the Day: Funky Worm - Hustle (To The Music)

This tune has been creaping back in my mind much like it did when it first came out in 1999. Everytime I hear this song, it reminds me of Video Music Box with VJ/DJ Ralph McDaniels. I used run home from work to turn on Video Music Box on UHF Channel 31. Ralph used to always play house music videos, especially this one. One thing is: I can't find the version Ralph used to play on the show, but this is the original promo video which is good too.

The version I used to see often, however, featured clips of "It's a Wonderful Life", an old black and white film usually shown during the holidays. "Hustle! (To The Music)" would feature the scene where George Bailey took Mary Hatch took the dance and they all begin dancing on the gymnasium floor. To play a prank, someone turn the switch on that opens the gym floor to reveal a huge swimming pool. Everyone, including George and Mary, were forced to jump in the pool. Funky Worm's video used images of this and other imagery that made the song even more likeable. If I find this version of the video, I'll blog about it.

The Funky Worm was a British dance music studio project, assembled by a record producer, Mark Brydon. The group took its name from the hit Ohio Players song, "Funky Worm".

The group also contained saxophonist Sim Lister. Their track "Hustle! (To the Music...)" went to #1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1988. Original band founders DJs Parrot and Ping Pong (Carl Munson), were joined by the singer (now actress) Julie Stewart and were signed by WEA, before reaching #13 in the UK Singles Chart with "Hustle! (To the Music)...".[1] Two less successful tracks, "The Spell!" (1988) and "U + Me = Love" (1989) followed.[1]

In 1995, Brydon formed another successful duo, Moloko.