The Best of KC and the Sunshine Band

KCIt boggles the mind that this remains important, but it bears noting that KC and the Sunshine Band is one of the most successful integrated non-jazz bands of all time.  Ponder that for a moment.  The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Sly & The Family Stone, Love, The Allman Brothers, The Dave Matthews Band and . . . KC and the Sunshine Band?  There aren’t a lot of others.

This has nothing to do with the band’s music, other than to point out that there may be a little more to KC and the Sunshine Band than meets the eye.  When you actually listen closely to their music, instead of just dancing to it at every wedding you’ve ever attended, you hear a disco band that is firmly rooted in funk beats and the prevalence of the horns in all of these songs cements the funk connection.

Of course, this greatest hits package has the monster hits that everyone knows – That’s The Way (I Like It), (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty, I’m Your Boogie Man and Get Down Tonight are all here.  These songs are really the only reason I have this album, just in case I have to play music at a party that involves dancing.  Otherwise, if I’m falling asleep in the car, the first five songs on this album always wake me up – beyond that, it gets a little repetitive.