As the Pythons used to say, “And now for something completely different…”
In the past two weeks, the Project 194 blog has featured songs from Watch The Birdie, songs that dealt with the joys and challenges of contemporary family life, and I enjoyed revisiting those songs and hearing from the artists who performed them in 1998 and 2008.
So today, I’m free to post anything I want from the archives, and I chose Pump It Up!, a song that I wrote for a 1992 Sun Oil industrial that was performed in Atlantic City. Over the years, I’ve written a handful of songs for corporate clients, and they have just as much of the Chazzy G touch as that artsy-fartsy stuff I crank out so much of the time, so turn it up loud and enjoy!
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say, I’m not 100% certain that the music on this track wasn’t written or produced, at least in part, by my dear friend and colleague Evan Solot. I do recall that another Music school colleague from back in the day, George Akerly, had a hand in creating the drum tracks and the vocal samples. Also, I wish I could recall the vocalist who sang on this – she sounds fabulous, and I’ll have to give her an anonymous bow!
In the show, this song was lip-synced by three dancers outfitted by the estimable Gary Pagano, in what had to be a foreshadowing of his present gig as Vice President of Corporate Events at Viacom. Oh Gary, what adventures we had! From a pep rally for gas station owners to the MTV Music Awards is not so big a leap, it would appear!