We’re Gonna Let the Band Deal With This
It’s the Friday before a holiday weekend, a holiday that generally marks the beginning of summer here in the States, and summers mean windows down, driving around, and dancing at stoplights. One of my favorite genre of songs for said activity are Songs with Marching Bands. There was a brief golden era of these songs a few years ago, and since I know people will be making roadtrip mixes soon, here are some to get your drumline started.
Let’s start it off with going back only a few years to 2005 and Missy Elliot’s We Run This.
I also love a song in a minor key. E-40’s Do Ya Head Like This makes the marching band melt at the beginning of this song and is perfect for rolling around in the car.
The same year, OutKast also used a marching band in their single Morris Brown. I think maybe it’s now uncool to like them again? So I’m happy to pull them out.
Basement Jaxx was one of my favorite groups to play as a DJ, because their songs would simultaneously make people happy and confound them as to how to dance to it. From Crazy Itch Radio, this is Hey You.
FannyPack is sadly now dissolved, but I will always have the album See You Next Tuesday to listen again and again. During this song Keep It Up, it was mandatory that I got myself out of the booth down to the dancefloor when I would play this, if only to throw my hands up during the “get off like a wedding gown” part.
My number one all-time favorite marching band song, going all the way back to 2000 and when I watched this video repeatedly on The Box, has to be Trick Daddy’s Shut Up. I still say the opening line of the song (and subject header to this post) on a regular basis.
Hell naw, you know they polo.