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Word Up!

Cameo

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Led by chief songwriter and lead singer Larry Blackmon, Cameo's ten-year run culminated with the two big hits off this album, "Word Up' and "Candy." Built around a slang phrase popular in the day, "Word Up" followed the vibe set on Cameo's earlier hit from 1984 "She's Strange." And if that weird vocal by Blackmon sounds like it was recorded off a transistor radio-well, it was. Besides the album's two biggest hits, Cameo kept the funk and roll vibe alive with strong album cuts such as "Fast, Fierce and Funny" and "Back and Forth."

Customer Reviews

For all you KoRn Freaks:

Cameo made this song. I am a 12 year old boy and I know this. I love KoRn and Alice in Chains and many more bands like that, but if you think KoRn made the original Word Up!, you must be mad. I love the song, and the others too. Funky and groovy and hard not to dance to!

Word Up!

I really like this album. I've heard it alot but i never knew who it was by. My favorite song is Candy. Please listen, it is awesome.

Great '80s!

Personally, I think Gun did the best Word Up cover, and I'm a huge Korn fan (their version of Low Rider is the best!), but this is the original, and in all its '80s cheesy glory. You can't beat the video!

Biography

Formed: 1974 in New York, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An outlandish, in-your-face stage presence, a strange sense of humor, and a hard-driving funk sound that criss-crossed a few musical boundaries earned Cameo countless comparisons to Parliament/Funkadelic in their early days. However, Cameo eventually wore off accusations of being derivative by transcending their influences and outlasting almost every single one of them. Throughout the '70s and '80s, the group remained up with the times and occasionally crept ahead of them, such that they became influences...
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