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Sly & the Family Stone — Dance To The Music
Album: Dance To The Music
Avg rating:
7.5

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1636









Released: 1968
Length: 2:45
Plays (last 30 days): 1
[Cynthia:] Get up and dance to the music!
Get on up and dance to the fonky music!
[All:] Dance to the Music, Dance to the Music
[Freddie:] Hey Greg!
[Greg:] What?
[Freddie:] All we need is a drummer,
for people who only need a beat
I'm gonna add a little guitar
and make it easy to move your feet
[Larry:] I'm gonna add some bottom,
so that the dancers just won't hide
[Sly:] You might like to hear my organ
playing "Ride Sally Ride"
You might like to hear the horns blowin',
Cynthia on the throne, yeah!
Cynthia & Jerry got a message they're sayin':
[Cynthia:] All the squares, go home!
[All:] Dance to the Music, Dance to the Music
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 On_The_Beach wrote:

Not to worry, they're all down at the tractor pull, polishing their guns.
 
I have a clean gun and a tractor yet I did not vote for trump....so.....yeah.....Dance to this Music like Sly says!!  Long Live RP and all HUMAN BEINGS!!
I stood up and danced to the music cause they suggested it very convincingly! 
Can't stop dancing!  
Maybe worse..
 Hannio wrote:
Yeah, we're looking at you, Trump voters!
 
Not to worry, they're all down at the tractor pull, polishing their guns.
 dxnerd86 wrote:
Bill's got the funk! 

  We got a little off the rails to Funkytown there for an hour or so... but WE'RE BACK ON THE TRAIN! 


Bill's got the funk! 
 max_p wrote:
"All the squares, go home!"

 

Yeah, we're looking at you, Trump voters!
 Oscar_the_Grouch wrote:
Simply oustanding. Eff all you white bread SUV driving latte sipping crackers that gave this a low rating.

 

Ironic, considering that Sly et al were by far the most accepted funk/soul/rock group among the white bread SUV latte sipping cracker crowd.  Much more popular among that crowd than, say, James Brown.
 djengs wrote:


"add some bottom" (bass). Killer bass kicks in right there, yes?

 
Yeah, tears up the speakers! Love it.
 jackie0 wrote:
Love how they're true to that old R&B tradition of introducing the instruments one by one as the song builds;
and referencing other songs ....  like Wilson Pickett's version of "Mustang Sally"!

...."All we need is a drummer
For people who only need a beat...
I'm gonna add a little guitar
And make it easy to move your feet

I'm gonna add some bottom
So that the dancers just won't hide

You might like to hear my organ
I said ride Sally ride..."
sly

 
Great point!  It does seem more "fun" that way...kinda reminds me of James Brown too.  Great stuff
37 1 votes!!!! lmao I'm glad I don't know them! lol {#Drunk}
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2} Followed by the Ramones
How could you not?  {#Dancingbanana}
Nearly 50 years old, put it on at a party, and the whole place gets into it.  That is amazing.
 
 Ulises wrote:
Waves of bittersweet remembrances wash over me. Thanks RP!


from the look of things we think it might have been raw sewage
God, we had the best damn radio back then. And RP is pretty close.{#Bananajam}
"All the squares, go home!"
Nice job by Sly selling this song for inclusion in the first "Shrek" movie.  His music will live on forever as kids discover it from here on it.

My daughter (now in her late twenties) had no idea who he was, but does now and this song has now become a party anthem for Millenials
Love how they're true to that old R&B tradition of introducing the instruments one by one as the song builds;
and referencing other songs ....  like Wilson Pickett's version of "Mustang Sally"!

...."All we need is a drummer
For people who only need a beat...
I'm gonna add a little guitar
And make it easy to move your feet

I'm gonna add some bottom
So that the dancers just won't hide

You might like to hear my organ
I said ride Sally ride..."
sly
 idiot_wind wrote:
Back when funk and RnR was still joined at the hip. What a great time. 

 
absolutely!
Back when funk and RnR was still joined at the hip. What a great time. 
Sometimes you need a little simple tune with an easy beat!
so sweet days of sly
Waves of bittersweet remembrances wash over me. Thanks RP!
Sly before he went off the deep end. 
Nothing not to like.
A good friend of mine went to school with a cousin of Sly in Vallejo, CA back in the day. We grew up in the Bay Area so it was a big deal whenever someone we knew was related to anybody in a local band.  {#Cool}
 (former member) wrote:

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...  we be cage dancing...
 

 
Clearly, Hulk is a committed member, thriving on the prayers and vitamins...

Hulk Hogan, wide-eyed and sweating in a steel cage wrestling ring
The original Prince and the Revolution! 
Sly & the Family Stone were an incredibly important band.  Probably the most integrated band in the late 60s, playing a mix of rock, funk, jazz, pop and blues to a very diverse group of fans.  This songs kicks ass.

Check this out - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsJ9K7lUteQ
 bb_matt wrote:
Cheese. Not very good cheese either. So much better music of this style around the same era.

 
Examples? For my money, Sly was about as cutting edge as it got in the late 60s, particularly live.  I saw him at the Isle of Wight in 1970 and he was fully in his downward spiral by then: sloppy, cutting shows short... just generally not giving a shit.  To bad as he was a massively talented band leader.
 Stingray wrote:
Who's the amateurish guitarist?

 
Once again--don't you ever weary of this?--Stingy distinguishes himself with his utter lack of musical knowledge. That's Sly's brother, Freddie, on guitar.
very funny
Cheese. Not very good cheese either. So much better music of this style around the same era.
Who's the amateurish guitarist?
Sly and the Family Stone:  One of the worst concerts I almost missed.  Almost missed because the band was hours late; rumoured to be drinking heavily.
We miss music like this nowadays.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Wow...remember when funk rock n roll was hot like this?
 
Ohhhhhhhhhhh  Yesssssssssssssssssssssss! {#Yes}
 Oscar_the_Grouch wrote:
Simply oustanding. Eff all you white bread SUV driving latte sipping crackers that gave this a low rating.
 

You talkin' to me? {#Lol}
{#Dancingbanana}
MMnn I likes me some bottom. Yeah yeah yeah.
 djengs wrote:


"add some bottom" (bass). Killer bass kicks in right there, yes?
 
Yes - that's the legendary Larry Graham - the innovator of the "slap" style of bass playing - adding "some bottom".
oui bien d'accord .....un peu déjà vu !
I'd rather hear some James Brown.  This is just too commercial sounding.
....yeah.......funny..........

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...  we be cage dancing...
 
 djengs wrote:


"add some bottom" (bass). Killer bass kicks in right there, yes?
 
I thought he was saying BARITONE.
Wow...remember when funk rock n roll was hot like this?
 apd wrote:
Something I've always wondered about
"I'm gonna add some (??);
so the dancers just won't stop"
What does he say? 
 

"add some bottom" (bass). Killer bass kicks in right there, yes?
Everyone in Romeo's hotel room be dancing? {#Dance}
haha bill. nice one.

If this song doesn't get you up out of your chair you must be dead.  


Thank you for adding it to the playlist.......a great antidote to the tedious cassio electronic dance music of today!


Saw Sly in Tanglewood, MA early on - late over an hour, played for the honkies for half-an-hour. 
Such a fun and bubbly song!  Thanks Bill!!!!
Whoa.... We are on a roll today!!  {#Dancingbanana_2}
 apd wrote:
Something I've always wondered about
"I'm gonna add some (??);
so the dancers just won't stop"
What does he say? 
 
I always heard that to be (bottom) - it is a baritone voicing, after all, no?

Something I've always wondered about
"I'm gonna add some (??);
so the dancers just won't stop"
What does he say? 
 jim1964 wrote:

I just read that as well, he's living in his car in LA.
 

Here's the story: https://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/the_rise_and_fall_of_sly_stone_qijyKoYzmAqer1PA0YogSJ/2

On Bootsy Collins' Facebook it was recently posted that Sly now had an apartment, that people in the neighbourhood were looking after him, and that he was doing better. However the subtext was that he was somehow mentally ill. Send him your thoughts and prayers... and kindly remember Jim Morrison would have been 68 this year. And you'll get old and stupid too, if you're lucky.

We were deeply bummed when he didn't show for his set at Coachella 2010; it was a farce- the whole band is there tuning, sounding really hot, and then walked off. The little 16-year old stonies were weeping which I saw as kind of a tribute to the Man. I sorta was weeping too. I did see Sly in Madison Square Garden in about '71, what a KICKASS show- one of the best big-arena shows I've ever seen.
 ronniegirl wrote:
Great song, lots of energy.   Just read this week that Sly is officially homeless.  Sad.
 
I just read that as well, he's living in his car in LA.
Great song, lots of energy.   Just read this week that Sly is officially homeless.  Sad.
Spot on dear chap

 
Dave_Mack wrote:
Nice antidote to the crappy JJ Cale song that preceded it.
 


Really hasn't been anyone like these guys before or since. Just bought Woodstock on CD and they tore that thing up! Wanna Take You Higher!
 Dave_Mack wrote:
Nice antidote to the crappy JJ Cale song that preceded it.
 
I was thinking just the opposite — jolting transition for me....

I got sicker than sick of this track back in the day, but now it sounds great!
Nice antidote to the crappy JJ Cale song that preceded it.


Yaaaa Dance to the music
My kinda stuff.
Great music! And the album cover is absolutely drool-making.  
 Ja300Mes wrote:
Oh YEAH!!
 
I'm with you on this one!
Heck of a dance tune 
Oh YEAH!!
Was so easy to mix into 20 minutes of lightshow and dancing frenzy !
Good sound on the 45 as well .
 LowPhreak wrote:


Brag much? How cliche'.  {#Ass}
 

Ace Ventura arrives on the RP comments pages:  "Asshole - o - mio".

The ass crack is pretty cliche too.

spotcheckbilly wrote: Classic. If this doesn't get you up dancing, nothing will.

 Try Viagra, far less noisy....
{#Dancingbanana_2}
 spotcheckbilly wrote:
Classic. If this doesn't get you up dancing, nothing will.
 

Check. Big Time.....gotta go and dance NOWWWWWWWW{#Dancingbanana} all we need next is: Hot Fun in the Summer Time, and we will all go home!

 keller1 wrote:


White - check.

SUV - X5.

Latte sipping - cappucino, actually.
 

Brag much? How cliche'.  {#Ass}
Classic. If this doesn't get you up dancing, nothing will.
I am sensing a theme - maybe "Let's Dance" will be next?
reading in one of the Woodstock books recently how everyone had settled down to sleep Saturday night in their sleeping bags after (can you imagine?) two harrowing days of partying; but that Sly and Family brought everyone to their feet in an orgy of dancing and togetherness.pretty powerful. (I don't remember which Woodstock book i just read this in, sorry.)
The Who played right after...

I am at home but i ain't no square pal......got it?
All the squares, go home!

 sandymac2010 wrote:

ooo, I do believe that this is a racial slur.

 
Agreed. I personally rate LOTS of songs 1 or 2, but that's not because I'm racist, it's because I'm a music snob. If it doesn't appeal to my sensibilities, I rate it as such. One of the (many) beautiful things about RP is that songs are rated by everyone who cares to. We arrive at a kind of consensus. I end up often in the minority, but that's fine with me. I have my opinion and you have yours.

This white, southern man happens to like Sly.

p.s. My momma IS a racist.

 WonderLizard wrote:

{#Lol} I'm down with that...

 
I'm up for the downstroke!

 sandymac2010 wrote:

ooo, I do believe that this is a racial slur. I'm white, drive a Murano, brew my own latte at home and danced my butt off to Sly. If I had said something filled with this kind of bigotry about any ethnic group other than mine, I'd get kicked off RP faster than you can say White Bread Cracker. I might suggest that you return to your Mama's lap so that she can teach you some manners. By the way: 9

 

You have a point there.
 Oscar_the_Grouch wrote:
Simply oustanding. Eff all you white bread SUV driving latte sipping crackers that gave this a low rating.
 
ooo, I do believe that this is a racial slur. I'm white, drive a Murano, brew my own latte at home and danced my butt off to Sly. If I had said something filled with this kind of bigotry about any ethnic group other than mine, I'd get kicked off RP faster than you can say White Bread Cracker. I might suggest that you return to your Mama's lap so that she can teach you some manners. By the way: 9

hahaha...ride sally ride....never got that one before.....Don't feel like dancin today, but Gov't Mule played this tune on NYE ..... a Woodstock tribute......whole lotta shakin goin on at the Beacon !!!!!!! Anyone else there??
 kaybee wrote:
Am I the only one who snickered every time the one guy sang "you might like to hear my organ"
 

Yup.
Am I the only one who snickered every time the one guy sang "you might like to hear my organ"
 Oscar_the_Grouch wrote:
Simply oustanding. Eff all you white bread SUV driving latte sipping crackers that gave this a low rating.
 

White - check.

SUV - X5.

Latte sipping - cappucino, actually.

Gave it an 8.

Whew.  Dodged a bullet there.
 redstorm wrote:


Hey Brother! I know lots of white folks that are dancing their white bread asses OFFFFFFF when Sly get's his groove thing going!!!! That includes most of my high school, and college classmates. (but hey, i went to school in nyc, where even the lame folks are cool) {#Lol}
 
Hey, most of my classmates, too.  And I went to school in western PA—accurately described by James Carville as part of the "Alabama in the middle" (of PA)—and WV—'nuff said.  And us lilly white boys and girls, though definitely NOT cool, STILL get up...or down...to Sly!

Boogie on!!!  {#Dancingbanana}
 Hannio wrote:
National Funk Congress Deadlocked On Get Up/Get Down Issue
 
{#Lol} I'm down with that...

Brings back memories of high school marching band!


National Funk Congress Deadlocked On Get Up/Get Down Issue

CHOCOLATE CITY-After months of ceaseless debate, including last week's record 76-hour filibuster slap-bass solo from Senate Rubber Band Minority Leader Bootsy Collins (D-OH), the National Funk Congress is no closer to resolving its deadlock over the controversial "get up/get down" issue, insiders reported Monday.

"Get up-uh, get on up! Get up-uh, get on up!" shouted Getuplican Party supporters on the steps of the Capitol as the debate, as well as a massive 14-piece instrumental jam, raged within. The pro-up-getting demonstrators' chants were nearly drowned out by those of a nearby group of jungle-boogie Downocrats, who called upon all citizens to "Get down, get down!"

The bitter "get up/get down" battle, which has polarized the nation's funk community, is part of a long-running battle between the two factions, rooted in more than 35 years of conflict over the direction in which the American people should shake it.

"The time has come to face facts: To move forward, we've got to get on up, and stay on the scene, like a sex machine," said Brick House Majority Leader James Brown (G-GA), one of getting on up's most vocal supporters. "Say it loud: Only when we have gotten up offa that thing will we, as a nation, finally get back on the good foot."

Upon learning of Brown's remarks, Downocratic leaders openly questioned his commitment to getting up. Said Robert "Kool" Bell, a top-ranking Brick House Downocrat: "It is a well-known fact that Brown has, on many past occasions, urged his supporters to get down with they bad selves. In response to his inconsistent voting record and history of waffling on this crucial issue, we will not rest until every American, as is their birthright, has gotten down."

"You got to get down," Bell added. "Hyuh!"

The disagreement, which has paralyzed all efforts of the National Funk Congress to get it together and get funky for one and all, has reached crisis proportions, experts say.

"Until our country's funky leaders can resolve this deadlock, U.S. funk leadership, and the booties of all Americans, will remain immobilized," said Gregory Tate, domestic motorbooty-affairs reporter for The Washington Funkenquarterly. "Unless a compromise can be reached soon, the entire nation's thang could be in serious jeopardy."

"Our leaders' refusal to budge, let alone move it from front to back, has crippled the move-your-body politic," said current U.S. Mothership Ambassador George Clinton, one of the most outspoken critics of the deadlock. "These legislators must keep it real and understand that no matter what party policy may dictate, they cannot fake the funk. What the partisan people in the House need to realize is this: If they ain't gon' get along, the time has come for them to take they dead ass home."

But despite such pleas for bipartisan compromise, the two parties remain at odds. This week, a Getuplican high-treble scratch-guitar initiative called for all Downocrats to "give it up and turn it loose," sparking an angry war of words on the Senate dance floor. In response, the Downocratic members of the Grooves & Booties Subcommittee drafted a bass-heavy resolution demanding that the initiative be voted "down, down, all the way down."

The Getuplican-Downocratic rift has been further complicated by confusing rhetoric from both sides. A call from Parliamentary leaders to "get up for the down stroke" was interpreted by members of both parties as a statement of support. Equally unclear was a statement made earlier this week by Funky Chinatown Big Boss-Elect Carl Douglas, who baffled observers with the assertion that Funky Chinamen were "chopping men up and chopping men down."

For all the confusion and divisiveness, there are signs of hope. A bipartisan coalition of funky drummers is gaining strength, urging Downocrats and Getuplicans to find common ground by "getting together, on the one." Also on the rise is a small grass-roots campaign calling upon party people not to get up or down, but simply to get it on.

Whether any of these fledgling reform movements will have a genuine impact on the entrenched groove machine is uncertain. One thing, however, is not: A growing number of citizens are fed up with the nation's current leadership for putting party politics before the need of the people to turn this mother out.

"Big government has lost sight of the fact that we should not be divided along Getuplican and Downocratic lines, but should be one nation under a groove, getting down-or up-just for the funk of it," said Clinton at a recent Mothership rally calling for an end to the deadlock. "The point is not that we must get up or down, but rather that, working together, we've got to get over."


(From The Onion, obviously)

 Oscar_the_Grouch wrote:
Simply oustanding. Eff all you white bread SUV driving latte sipping crackers that gave this a low rating.
 
Let's see: whole wheat or sourdough; pickup, usually with a work trailer in tow; black drip coffee . . . nope, it still sucks. 

 Oscar_the_Grouch wrote:
Simply oustanding. Eff all you white bread SUV driving latte sipping crackers that gave this a low rating.
 

Hey Brother! I know lots of white folks that are dancing their white bread asses OFFFFFFF when Sly get's his groove thing going!!!! That includes most of my high school, and college classmates. (but hey, i went to school in nyc, where even the lame folks are cool) {#Lol}

Damn! This is the Shit!!!!! {#Clap}
 Oscar_the_Grouch wrote:
Simply oustanding. Eff all you white bread SUV driving latte sipping crackers that gave this a low rating.
 

{#Roflol}
Those were the days Full marks RP {#Bananajam}
Great old song. Not hear too often so it is fresh!!
some sly i hadn't rated yet! 10! {#Bananasplit}

edit: there really is no other suitable emoticon choice for this than the dancing banana

 willmcnaught wrote:
1970 first college party— Dancin' the night away!   {#Dancingbanana}
 

Yeah, I spent a fair amount of time dancing to this in college, too! 

{#Bananasplit}
1970 first college party— Dancin' the night away!   {#Dancingbanana}
Simply oustanding. Eff all you white bread SUV driving latte sipping crackers that gave this a low rating.
I hated this back then, but now it's great to hear this occasionally.
This song is great...i am wondering why i have heard this bands name used as the butt of so many jokes??
Play bass along to this song. You'll love it more than ever.
1768 ! no wonder you don't like it. You're too old to dance to the music !

Xeric wrote:
In about 1768. I've hated it—really—ever since.



In reality, Sly should be played in the summer when the city streets are steaming and the clubs are full of bumping, grinding, sweating bodies but beggars cant be choosers, and i'll take my dose of one of the best damn bands around at that time, whenever i can get it. {#Dance}


Darn, I missed hearing this classic.  This song, like many others of the time, really defined society in the late '60's.  The Vietnam War, protests and peace marches, anti-establishment, and drug culture were part of everyday news.  I so wanted to be part of that "scene" but being only an impressionable teenager stuck on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, I was destined to be an observor and not player.  But, I sure did enjoy the music!
 jagdriver wrote:


Yup! After 40 years, I can finally appreciate this tune, as it was so-o-o-o-o-o-o overplayed back when.
 
Funny...that's what I was going to say!

Sly?  Man, I always thought this was the Jackson 5!  I always see cartoon characters when I hear this.
rhythm, balance, joy -   7.
 Dirktooth wrote:
Just hearing this song is like slugging back a 7 shot espresso. Instantly energizing.

 

Yup! After 40 years, I can finally appreciate this tune, as it was so-o-o-o-o-o-o overplayed back when.
Awesome band. Meaning to buy one of their recordings for years now. {#Bananajam}
Just hearing this song is like slugging back a 7 shot espresso. Instantly energizing.
The good ole dayz.
I always see Donkey from Shrek whenever I hear this song, that and my 11 year daughter and her friends "white-girl" spaz dancing. Good stuff!