Saturday, February 9, 1991

C + C Music Factory “Gonna Make You Sweat” hit #1

Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

C + C Music Factory

Writer(s): Robert Clivilles, Frederick Williams (see lyrics here)

First Charted: November 17, 1990

Peak: 12 US, 12 CB, 7 GR, 3 RR, 11 RB, 3 UK, 6 CN, 3 AU, 10 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.2 UK, 5.0 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 120.3 video, 121.71 streaming


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About the Song:

C + C Music Factory were formed by David Cole and Robert Clivillés in 1989. The pair met at an underground club in Times Square in 1985. FB They remixed songs by Natalie Cole (“Pink Cadillac”), Fleetwood Mac (“Big Love”), Janet Jackson (“The Pleasure Principle”), and New Kids on the Block. They also produced for the Cover Girls and Stacey Q, and assembled the girl group Seduction. Their mix of house music, new jack swing, and hip-hop was a direct descendent of disco. Hits in that format such as “Pump Up the Jam” and “The Power” were “reliable, energy-bursts” that became “utterly inescapable” at sporting events. SG

Their first single was “so distinct and memorable that they immediately bulldozed their way into the mainstream consciousness.” SG The beat is “a relentlessly giddy attack. Drums fall all over each other. Bells ding. Synths whirr. Saxophones honk. There’s a processed-to-death four-note guitar riff that actually rocks in that deathlessly simplistic ‘Smoke on the Water’ sort of way.” SG “Gonna Make You Sweat” “is goofy and immediate and shameless enough to turn a transgressive underground dance sound into pure mainstream kitsch.” SG’s Bill Lamb praised it as “one of the most exhilarating songs of the year.” WK

One of Seduction’s hits, “You’re My One and Only True Love,” featured lead vocals from Martha Wash, who also provides “roof-raising, post-disco vocals” AMG on “Gonna Make You Sweat.” Her voice, which “hits like an adrenaline-needle to the heart,” SG and rapper Freedom Williams’ “Ice-T-derived delivery provided a great juxtaposition to the blithe lyrics and music.” AMG

Wash also sung on Sylvester’s hit “You Make Me Feel Mighty Real,” the Weather Girls’ “It’s Raining Men,” and Black Box’s “Strike It Up” as well as backup vocals on Bob Seger’s “Like a Rock” and Aretha Franklin’s “Freeway of Love.” However, because Wash was a large woman she was replaced in videos with thinner, model-like performers lip-synching and was often not properly credited on the recordings, leading to several lawsuits – including one against C + C Music Factory.


First posted 3/15/2023.

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