Song Lyric Sunday | “Blame It On the Boogie” – The Jacksons

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This week’s theme is  “Boogie/Rock/Rolling Stone.”

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English singer/songwriter Mick Jackson recorded Blame It On the Boogie in 1977, however, the song was  written originally in hopes of being sold to Stevie Wonder.

The Mick Jackson track was showcased in 1978 at Midem where according to Mick Jackson: “The Jacksons’ manager [Peter Kerstin] heard the track being played…and took a tape recording of it…back to the States [where] The Jacksons quickly recorded a version so it would be out before mine.” In fact, the Mick Jackson recording was released by Atlantic Records in the US also in August 1978.

Despite the Mick Jackson original reaching a #61 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1978, the Jacksons’ version of Blame It on the Boogie, released as the advance single from the Destiny album, returned the Jacksons to the Hot 100 after five flop singles, and reached #3 on the R&B chart. The song would be coupled with Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) on an extended club play single and would reach #20 on the dance charts in 1979.

The UK music press, struck by the rival versions being by similarly named artists, (Mick’s legal name is Michael George Jackson vs. American Michael Joseph Jackson… who had yet to become a break-out solo star at the time) declared a “Battle of the Boogie” which Mick Jackson recalls as “great publicity…There was an equal balance of interest from the media about both releases – A good example is that my version came out first on Top of the Pops… The Jackson’s [sic] had the second week…Radio One played The Jackson’s [sic] version and Capital Radio only played mine – It was fair.”

FUN FACTS:

  • The Jacksons’ version was the more successful version reaching Number 8 on the chart dated 4 November 1978; the Mick Jackson version had peaked at Number 15 on the chart for 21 October.
  • Mick Jackson himself in 2003 said of the Jacksons’ version of Blame It on the Boogie: “[the original] version had 100% of our heart and soul in it but the Jacksons’ version had the magic extra 2% that made it incredible.”
  • A promotional music video by the Jacksons was created for “Blame It on the Boogie” in 1978. The video, featuring the group’s members dancing on a black background, relied heavily on electronic trail effects, created at Image West, Ltd. using then-cutting edge equipment. The video also appears on the bonus disc of the DVD box set Michael Jackson’s Vision.

I also posted Mick Jackson’s version for a double-play this week! 😀

Enjoy!

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 Blame It One the Boogie
by The Jacksons
Songwriters:
[Verse 1 – Michael Jackson]
My baby’s always dancin’ and it wouldn’t be a bad thing
But I don’t get no lovin’ and that’s no lie
We spent the night in Frisco at every kinda disco
From that night I kissed our love goodbye[Hook – The Jacksons] (x2)
Don’t blame it on the sunshine
Don’t blame it on the moonlight
Don’t blame it on the good times
Blame it on the boogie[Verse 2 – Michael Jackson]
That nasty boogie bugs me
But somehow how it has drugged me
Spellbound rhythm gets me on my feet
I’ve changed my life completely
I’ve seen the lightning leave me
And my baby just can’t take her eyes off me[Hook – The Jacksons] (x2)
Don’t blame it on the sunshine
Don’t blame it on the moonlight
Don’t blame it on the good times
Blame it on the boogie

[Break 1 – The Jacksons]
I just can’t, I just can’t
I just can’t control my feet
I just can’t, I just can’t (Yeah)
I just can’t (Woo) control my feet
I just can’t, I just can’t
I just can’t control my feet
I just can’t, I just can’t (Yeah)
I just can’t (Woo) control my feet

[Hook – The Jacksons] (x2)
Don’t blame it on the sunshine
Don’t blame it on the moonlight
Don’t blame it on the good times
Blame it on the boogie

[Verse 3 – Michael Jackson]
This magic music grooves me
That dirty rhythm fools me
The devil’s gotten to me through this dance
I’m full of funky fever
A fire burns inside me
Boogie’s got me in a super trance

[Hook – The Jacksons] (x2)
Don’t blame it on the sunshine
Don’t blame it on the moonlight
Don’t blame it on the good times
Blame it on the boogie

[Break – The Jacksons]
Ow (Sunshine)
Ooh (Moonlight)
Yeah (Good times)
Mmm (Boogie)

You just gotta (Sunshine)
Yeah (Moonlight)
(Good times)
Good times (Boogie)

Don’t you blame it (Sunshine)
You just gotta (Moonlight)
You just wanna (Good times)
Yeah, oh (Boogie)

Blame it on yourself (Sunshine)
Ain’t nobody’s fault (Moonlight)
But yours and that boogie (Good times)
All night long (Boogie)

Can’t stop that boogie (Sunshine)
Ain’t nobody’s fault (Moonlight)
But yours and that boogie (Good times)
Dancin’ all night long (Boogie)

Blame it on yourself (Sunshine)
Ain’t nobody’s fault (Moonlight)
But yours and that boogie (Good times)
All night long (Boogie)

Ow (Sunshine)
Ooh (Moonlight)
Yeah (Good times)
Mmm (Boogie)

You just gotta (Sunshine)
Yeah (Moonlight)
(Good times)
Good times (Boogie)

Don’t you blame it (Sunshine)
You just gotta (Moonlight)
You just wanna (Good times)
Yeah, oh (Boogie)

Blame it on yourself (Sunshine)
Ain’t nobody’s fault (Moonlight)
But yours and that boogie (Good times)
All night long (Boogie)

Can’t stop that boogie (Sunshine)
Ain’t nobody’s fault (Moonlight)
But yours and that boogie (Good times)
Dancin’ all night long (Boogie)

Blame it on yourself (Sunshine)
Ain’t nobody’s fault (Moonlight)
But yours and that boogie (Good times)
All night long (Boogie)

 

6 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “Blame It On the Boogie” – The Jacksons

  1. aisasami says:

    I remember listening to The Jacksons’ version because my dad is a huge fan of the group. He would always play Jackson songs in the car. It is a nice song!

    Liked by 1 person

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