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Music Monday: Get it Moving

January 2, 2012

Hi there! I’m Lisa. You may know me as @Lisas_alter_ego on Twitter, or you may not! Hey, I guess now you do!! Anyway, it’s my turn to hijack D.C.’s blog. And what better day for me, a music geek, to do so: on Music Monday!

2012 is here, and I’m sure some of you have made a few of those infamous New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you resolve to be more generous. Maybe you resolve to be a nicer person. Perhaps you resolve not to flip the bird at inconsiderate assholes who cut you off on the highway. (Oops…that could just be me!) But the most popular resolution: losing weight. Whether it’s a few pounds, or a few hundred pounds, the most important element and the key to success is exercise. Sometimes it can be difficult to get started. So, I’ve developed a list of songs to help you “move”…not only because they’re up-tempo, but because they have the word “move” in the title! (I know. It’ll be okay. Just stay with me!)

Technotronic: Move This (1992)

Technotronic is a Belgian studio-based music project formed in 1988 by producer Jo Bogaert and female vocalist Ya Kid K. Their first hit single, “Pump Up The Jam”, sparked their international success with its electronica sound and Ya Kid K’s rap style. “Move This” was released in 1992, and was featured on a Revlon cosmetics commercial. It peaked at #6 on the US Billboard charts. This song should get your ass going, but if you can’t find it for whatever reason, any Technotronic song will do; they all tend to sound the same…

 

N.E.R.D: She Wants To Move (2004)

N.E.R.D. stands for “No one Ever Really Dies”. It’s the brain child of uber producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, also known as The Neptunes. After producing several songs for artists throughout the 1990s and 2000s (think Britney Spears’s “I’m A Slave 4 U”, Usher’s “U Don’t Have to Call” and Nelly’s smash “Hot In Herre”), they formed N.E.R.D. with Shay Haley as a Neptunes side project. This song is off of their second album, “Fly Or Die”. They played all of the instruments live on the album, as well as on this track, and their sound has elements of funk, rock and hip-hop. Though the lyrics are slightly questionable (“Her ass is a spaceship I want to ride”), the beat is contagiously catchy. I dare you to sit still while you listen to this song.

 

Reel 2 Real: I Like To Move It (1994)

Reel 2 Real is made up of New York City producer and DJ Erick Morillo and Trinidad and Tobago’s Mark Quashie, who is known as “The Mad Stuntman”. This dancehall-reggae influenced track is what the duo is most known for. In 1994 it reached #89 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and had more success in the UK, France, and the Netherlands. Fans of the animated movie Madagascar might recognize Sasha Baron Cohen’s version of the tune for the film, making it a hit yet again. I’m trying to figure out if some of the original lyrics are complimentary or insulting: “Woman you nice, sweet, fantastic/Big ship on de ocean like a big Titanic…” Hmmm…

 

CSS: Move (2008)

Most of you probably haven’t heard of CSS. They’re a Brazilian group whose name stands for “Cansei de Ser Sexy”, which in their native Portugese translates into “I’ve grown tired of being sexy”. Formed by a group of friends in 1993, they make electro-rock music that’ll make you get your butt on the dance floor. This track is off of their second album, “Donkey”. For whatever reason, this track failed to chart anywhere except Italy. CSS is worth checking out, their lead singer, Lovefoxxx, is spunky and cool, and this song even tells you to “Get up, get up, get up, get up, you gotta keep on moving…” If that’s not motivation for your workout, I don’t know what is!

 

Maroon 5: Moves Like Jagger (2011)

Yes, this song has been mercilessly overplayed. Yes, it’s kind of a reach for the “Songs that have ‘move’ in their titles” theme. However, you can’t deny that it has a fantastic beat, a great hook, and should probably be added to any workout mix. This track comes from Maroon 5’s fourth album, “Hands All Over”, and features Christina Aguilera, lead singer Adam Levine’s co-star of the ‘talent’ competition “The Voice”, which airs in the US. Its electropop, synth action combined with the lyrics about impressing a woman with dance moves from the legendary Rolling Stones frontman made this song an international chart-topper. Jagger himself called the concept “very flattering”. So, get off your duff and show off your Jagger-like moves!

 

So, there you have it: a few songs that should motivate and inspire you to get moving, not only by their upbeat tempos, but also by subliminally telling you to do so! Happy New Year, and good luck with your resolutions, whatever they may be!!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2012 3:16 pm

    Hmmm…Flip someone off? Not while I’m in the car.:-) Learned my lesson years ago when in the process of flipping off a jerk my finger connected with the rear view mirror and I broke my fingernail! Ugh!

    • January 2, 2012 5:10 pm

      Karen: Ouch! That could definitely be a deterrent to flying the bird. I’ll keep that in mind!

  2. zencherry permalink
    January 2, 2012 10:33 pm

    Umm…it’s not just you w/the bird flying. 😉 That guy in the Subaru well, he had it coming nearly knocking out my headlamp like that. 😀 Great tunes and great reasons for posting them too.

    • January 3, 2012 12:06 am

      Zencherry: Thank you! Glad you liked the song selections. And hey, I don’t just flip people off for nothing…they have to deserve it! 😉

  3. January 3, 2012 4:52 am

    You picked some rocking tunes for your hijacking! DC would be proud!

    • January 4, 2012 12:04 pm

      Thanks, Erica! I was hoping I did Music Monday justice! 🙂

  4. January 7, 2012 4:09 pm

    Great song selections, Lisa. I am totally motivated to move it and lose it. I’ll save no longer flipping the bird for 2013. Thanks for commenting, everyone.

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