Kool & the Gang

Get Down on It

Composed by Claydes Smith / Curtis "Fitz" Williams / Dennis "D.T." Thomas / George "Funky" Brown / James "J.T." Taylor / Robert "Kool" Bell

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"Get Down on It" rode the wave of rejuvenation that began with the band's 1980 comeback, "Celebration." After a wobble at the end of the 1970s, Kool & the Gang once again found their stride -- albeit with a different approach to funk and, by the time of the song's release in 1982, the band's horn-driven jams had been submerged beneath a smoother, softer soul. But both group and vocalist James "J.T." Taylor proved that they were masters of those sounds as well -- indeed, Taylor's voice was almost better suited to the band's early-'80s output than anything which had gone before.

Sweetly soft, but still packing that classic Kool & the Gang punch, "Get Down on It" was completely contemporary for its time, but still held onto the past -- best recalled within the shouted exhortations of the chorus. A classic Deodato production, the song hit the charts in the U.S. as expected, but also crossed the ocean as well to give the band their first Top Five hit in the U.K.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Something Special 1981 Island/Def Jam 4:54
No Image 1984
Various Artists
Continental
No Image 1987 Polygram
Dance Decade: Dance Hits of the 80s 1989
Various Artists
London 4:37
The Dance Collection 1990 Universal / Universal Music 4:46
No Image 1991 Pioneer
Anthology [Alex/Double Classics] 1992 Double Classics
No Image 1992 K-Tel Distribution 4:58
Blame It on the Boogie 1994
Various Artists
Alex 4:46
Soul Dance 1994
Various Artists
Stardust Records 4:50
Old School Jams, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
SPG 4:54
Celebration: The Best of Kool & the Gang (1979-1987) 1994 Island / Island Mercury 4:54
Get into the Greed: Greatest Hits of the 80's 1995
Various Artists
Risky Business 3:36
Funk Classics: The 80's 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:56
The Disco Years, Vol. 7: The Best Disco in Town 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:36
Sweet Soul Music [K-Tel] 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:07
Funk Funk: The Best of Funk Essentials, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Mercury / Island/Def Jam 6:11
Old School, Vol. 6 1996
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:49
Anthology [EMI] 1996 Mercury 4:56
B.A.P.S. 1997
Original Soundtrack
Milan 4:53
Hot Dance Classics, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:36
Sounds of the Eighties: 1980-1983 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:36
Soul Hits of the 80's [Rebound] 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:55
All-Time Greatest Hits 1998 Curb 4:56
Greatest Hits Live [Rhino] 1998 Rhino 2:10
Disco Fever: 20 Smash Hit Dancefloor Classics 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Great & Remixed '91 1998 Polygram 7:32
Greatest Hits [Polygram] 1998 Polygram 3:32
Disco Dynamite [Time] 1998
Various Artists
Time Music 2:04
Singles Collection 1999 Phonogram (Sweden) 4:51
Disco Box 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:36
The Very Best of Kool & the Gang 1999 Mercury / Def Jam / Island / Universal Music 3:33
Pure Funk, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Mercury / Polygram 3:32
The 12" Collection and More [Funk Essentials] 1999 Mercury / Virgin EMI 6:11
Old School Jams: The History Lesson 1999
Various Artists
SPG 4:54
Now: 1981 1999
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 4:50
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Rhino
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Kool & The Gang 2000 Mercury / Def Jam / Island 3:33
Universal Masters Collection 2000 Universal Distribution / Universal/Polygram 3:34
Love Funk: 12 Classic Funk Hits 2000
Various Artists
Hip-O 6:09
DJ Masters: Funk Classics 2000
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:33
Funky Grooves [Medalist] 2000
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 4:53
Jammin' Gold 2000
Various Artists
Q Records / Atlantic 4:54
New York Knicks Collection 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City 3:26
Disco Freakout 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 4:13
New York Knicks: Their Music 2001
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Alphabet City 3:26
Disco Fever [Universal] 2001
Various Artists
MSI Music Distribution
Blues & Soul, Vol. 7: 1980-1981 2001
Various Artists
Connoisseur / Connoisseur Collection 4:47
On a Night Like This: Mardi Gras Celebration 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 5:31
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:48
Gangland 2001 Universal International 6:08
Party Explosion!!! 2001
Various Artists
Columbia 3:30
The Best of Kool & the Gang [Japan] 2002 Japanese Import 3:34
No Image 2002 Goldenlane 2:06
Too Hot Live 2002 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 2:06
Old School Funk, Vol. 4 2002
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:30
Disco Triple Set 2002
Various Artists
Time Music 3:32
Disco Nights [Chakras Dream] 2002
Various Artists
Chakras Dream 2:05
The Eighties: A Decade to Remember [K-Tel] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:06
Non-Stop Party Album. Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
MCI / Music Club International Records 4:12
The Eighties: A Decade to Remember [K-Tel UK] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:03
All the Hits Live 2003 Masters 2:07
No Image 2003 Mercury / Universal
Let's Groove Again 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:46
Live Hits 2003 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 2:26
Jazz Funk Explosion 2003
Various Artists
Universal International
The Ultimate Collection 2003 Universal Distribution 4:48
More Platinum Disco 2004
Various Artists
WEA/Warner
Funkin' 80's 2004
Various Artists
Telstar / Telstar TV Records 4:01
Old School Jams [SPG Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
SPG 4:55
80's, Vol. 2 [Bonus DVD] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Funk Soul Classics 2004
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:01
Friends Reunited: Music of the Year 1981 2004
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:49
Capital Gold 80's Legend 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:29
Ultimate Funk [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:54
Gold Collection 2004 Retro Music 2:15
The Hits: Reloaded 2004 Scorpio Distribution 4:19
Soul Grooves [Columbia River] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:21
Dance Grooves [Northquest] 2005
Various Artists
Northquest 2:21
Funk Soul Anthems 2005
Various Artists
BMG 3:04
80's in Concert 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:21
Gold 2005 Motown / Island / Mercury / Polystar / Universal / Universal Distribution 4:52
Live [Legacy] 2005 Legacy 2:10
The Universal Masters DVD Collection 2005 Mercury / Spectrum Music
No Image 2005 Island/Def Jam
Heart and Soul: Gloria Gaynor/Kool and the Gang 2005
Various Artists
Prism Platinum
60 Soul Classics 2005
Various Artists
Prism Leisure Corporation (UK) / Prism Platinum 2:05
Disco Fever [Crimson] 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:47
No Image 2005 Laserlight 2:11
Get Down on It [Video] 2005 Mercury
The Best of Disco Fever 2005
Various Artists
Global TV 4:51
Ultimate 16: Funk Masters 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 4:54
Live 40th Anniversary Greatest Hits 2005 Platinum High-Definition
Feel the Funk 2006 Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 2:16
Golden Legends: Kool and the Gang Live 2006 Madacy 2:19
Get Down on It: The Very Best of Kool & the Gang 2006 Universal Distribution / Mercury / Universal 4:47
Experience the 80's 2006
Various Artists
Weton
The Best of Kool and the Gang: Live [Direct Source] 2006 Direct Source 2:21
Best of Kool & the Gang [Disky] 2006 Disky 2:14
Best of the 80's: The Ultimate Collection 2006
Various Artists
MCI 2:21
Disco [2006 #2] 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Platinum Collection 2006 Platinum Entertainment
The Greatest Funk Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:54
Disky Friends Reunited 1981 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Gold: Old School Jams 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 6:10
Gold: The Videos 2007 Mercury
Best Disco in Town [Universal] 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:34
Ladies Night [Dynamic] 2007 Dynamic
Forever Gold 2007 St. Clair 2:21
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-4 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:34
Kool & the Gang [Madacy] 2007 Madacy 2:19
True Funk 2007
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:25
Videology 2007 Island/mercury
Soul Party [Direct Source] 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:21
Funk It Up and Dance 2007
Various Artists
Hudson Street
Les 50 Plus Belles Chansons 2007 Universal Distribution 3:29
Music for Dancing 2007
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:32
No Image 2007 Immortal
Celebration [LT Series] 2007 Lt Series 2:15
Colour Collection 2007 Universal Distribution 3:34
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Total Fitness 4:53
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Platinum C / WG Productions
Here and Now: The Very Best of the 80s 2008
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:30
The Very Best of Kool & the Gang [Retro] 2008 Retro Music 2:15
No Image 2008 Blackhill / Edel Records
Girls Night Out: The Ultimate Collection 2008
Various Artists
Ultimate Entertainment / Union Square Music 3:32
100 Hits: Girls Night 2008
Various Artists
DMG 100 4:49
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal 3:31
Don't Quit Music: '80s Flashback Dance Fitness (Exercise, Fitness, Workout, Aerobics, Running, Walking, Weight Lifting, Cardio, Weight Loss, Abs) 2009
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:30
Floorfillers: 80s Club Classics 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:32
Purely Disco 2009
Various Artists
Delta Distribution / Purely 2:08
Live at Montreux 2009 2009 Eagle Records / Eagle Rock 7:10
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Universal TV Campaign Division 3:31
No Image 2010 Ba-Ba 2:19
Icon 2011 Mercury 4:52
We Love the Nightlife 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:34
Get Down on It: The Collection 2012 Spectrum Music
We Love the Nightlife: Good Times 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:34
S.O.U.L. 2013 Sony Music
Générations Funk 2013
Various Artists
EMI 4:46
No Image
Various Artists
T-USA 2:21
80 Tals Hits
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Best 1200 Disco
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Complete Funk, Vol. 1
Various Artists
DMC
Disco Nights [Delta]
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:14
Discomix
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 4:54
No Image
Various Artists
4:51
Funk the Disco
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound
No Image
Various Artists
Metacom 4:55
No Image Vista 2:22
Old School, Vol. 6
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:53
No Image
Various Artists
BMG / Telstar TV Records
The Best of 1982: 20th Century Masters
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing / Universal Music 3:36
No Image
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 4:55
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