Get Down on It

Kool & the Gang

Song Review by Amy Hanson

"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
Kool Street Videos 1984
Various Artists
Continental
Decade 1987 Sammel
Dance Decade: Dance Hits of the 80s 1989
Various Artists
London 4:37
The Dance Collection 1990 Phantom Import Distribution / Polydor 4:46
Tonight! [Video] 1991 Pioneer
Anthology [Alex/Double Classics] 1992 Double Classics
Back to Back 1992 K-Tel Distribution
Blame It on the Boogie 1994
Various Artists
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 Mercury 4:54
Get into the Greed: Greatest Hits of the 80's 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
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
Funk Funk: The Best of Funk Essentials, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Mercury 6:08
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 4:54
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 4:55
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 3:32
Pure Funk, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Mercury / Polygram 3:32
The 12" Collection and More 1999 Mercury 6:08
Old School Jams: The History Lesson 1999
Various Artists
SPG 4:54
Now: 1981 1999
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 4:50
20th Century Disco 1999
Various Artists
Insight (3)
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Kool & The Gang 2000 Mercury 3:33
Universal Masters Collection 2000 Universal Distribution / Universal / Polygram 3:34
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
Greatest Hits 2001 Hip-O 6:09
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
80's Groove: Let the Music Play 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:48
Happy Birthday 2001
Various Artists
Universal 3:32
Gangland 2001 Eagle Music Group 0:00
Party Explosion!!! 2001
Various Artists
Columbia 3:30
The Best of Kool & the Gang [Japan] 2002 Japanese Import 3:34
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
Non-Stop Party Album. Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
MCI / Music Club International Records 4:12
Star Boulevard 2003 Mercury / Universal
Let's Groove Again 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:46
Gangthology 2003 Universal International 6:08
The Ultimate Collection 2003 Universal Distribution 4:48
Disco [Universal 2004] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
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
Back 2 Back 2004 Masters 2:06
80's, Vol. 2 [Bonus DVD] 2004
Various Artists
Universal International
Funk Soul Classics 2004
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 0:00
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
Funk Soul Anthems 2005
Various Artists
BMG 3:04
80's in Concert 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:21
Gold 2005 Motown / Mercury 4:51
The Universal Masters DVD Collection 2005 Mercury / Spectrum Music
The Ultimate Collection [Island/Def Jam] 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
Get Down on It [Video] 2005 Mercury
The Best of Disco Fever 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 0:00
Ultimate 16: Funk Masters 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 4:54
Experience the 80's 2006
Various Artists
Weton 0:00
Disco [2006 #2] 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 0:00
Platinum Collection 2006 Platinum Entertainment
Disco Fever: I Love The Nightlife [#2] 2006
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:34
Disky Friends Reunited 1981 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Gold: The Videos 2007 Mercury
Best Disco in Town [Universal] 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:34
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-4 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:34
Best Disco... Ever! 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:29
Videology 2007 Island / mercury
Funk It Up and Dance 2007
Various Artists
Hudson Street
Les 50 Plus Belles Chansons 2007 Universal Distribution 4:50
Music for Dancing 2007
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:32
Colour Collection 2007 Universal Distribution 3:34
Work It ! Disco Workout 30 Minute Continuous Fitness Music M 2007
Various Artists
Total Fitness 4:53
Disco Inferno [WG] 2008
Various Artists
Platinum C / WG Productions
Here and Now: The Very Best of the 80s 2008
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:30
40th Anniversary 2008 Blackhill / Edel Records
Driving Songs: The Ultimate Collection 2008
Various Artists
Ultimate / Ultimate Entertainment 3:32
100 Hits: Girls Night 2008
Various Artists
DMG 100 4:49
Bang & Olufsen: Jazz/Soul/Pop/Rock/Electronic/Classical 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:50
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
Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical [Music Inspired By] 2009
Various Artists
Universal International 3:31
Icon 2011 Mercury 4:52
Funky Grooves 2011
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:28
The Ultimate Collection: 80s School Days 2011
Various Artists
Universal 3:32
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
Générations Funk 2013
Various Artists
EMI 4:46
The Ultimate Collection: Driving Songs 2014
Various Artists
Union Square Music / Universal 3:32
Greatest Ever: 80s Groove 2014
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music
House Party [Ministry of Sound] 2015
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound
Collected 2018 Music On CD
Now 100 Hits 80s 2019
Various Artists
Now!
Smooth FM: Feel Good Favourites 2019
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:49
10 Disco-Soul Hits: New Versions, Vol. 3
Various Artists
T-USA
100 Essential 80's
Various Artists
UMG Recordings
101 Disco Classics
Various Artists
UMC 3:32
101 Party Hits [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal
40 Éxitos De Los 80's Vol. 2
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
70s Disco
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
80 Tals Hits
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
80's Dance
Various Artists
Universal 4:46
80s Dance Hits
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
80s Groove, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:32
80s Music Mix
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
80s Soul Jams, Vol.2
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound
All Time Disco
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
BBQ Summer [Universal] [2019]
Various Artists
Universal 3:35
Barbecue Camping
Various Artists
Universal 3:32
Best 1200 Disco
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Best of 80
Various Artists
Universal 3:32
Best of Disco Music Classics
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Biggest Disco Hits
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Body By Jake: 80s Flashback Dance Fitness
Various Artists
Body By Jake 4:30
Capodanno 2020 Disco Dancing
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Capodanno 2020 Disco Dancing [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Capodanno 2020 Party Time
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Capodanno Disco Dancing Party
Various Artists
Universal 4:50
Car Hits: The Ultimate Collection [2019]
Various Artists
BMG / Union Square Music
Clasicos 70' 80' 90' en Ingles
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Classic Cuts: Disco
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
Classic Soul [2019]
Various Artists
Universal 4:50
Cleaning Motivation
Various Artists
Universal 3:32
Coffee Booster
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Complete Funk, Vol. 1
Various Artists
DMC
Dale Al Play!: 80s
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Disco Dance [2022]
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Disco En La Disco
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Disco Essentials
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Disco Funky Para Bailar
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Disco Hits 2020
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Disco Nights [Delta]
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:14
Disco Party 2021
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Disco Party Mix
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Disco Sound
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Disco Time [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Discomix
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 4:54
Discoteca [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Don't Worry
Various Artists
Universal 3:32
Fast Jams, Vol. 2
Various Artists
4:51
Feel Good Songs
Various Artists
EMI
Feel Good [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:32
Feel the Funk [UMOD]
Various Artists
UMOD
Ferry Maat's Soul Show Top 100, Vol 2
Various Artists
PTG 3:30
Festa Pride
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Fiebre de Sábado Por la Noche
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Fill the Dance Floor
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Fitness Fiesta, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Sound and Vision 2:17
Flashback Disco [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Freshers Throwback Hits
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Friday Office Music
Various Artists
Universal 3:35
Full Música Disco
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Fun Funk
Various Artists
Universal 3:35
Funk Music
Various Artists
Universal 4:54
Funk [UMTV]
Various Artists
Universal 4:54
Funk a l'ancienne
Various Artists
Universal 3:32
Funk the Disco
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound
Funky Funk Funk
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Funky Kids' Party
Various Artists
Metacom
Funky Party Mix
Various Artists
Universal 3:32
Get Down On It [Single] Sound and Vision
Get Down on It & More Dancefloor Classics
Various Artists
Excalibur
Good Songs 2020
Various Artists
Universal 3:32
Greatest Ever 80s Party
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music
Hits From the Classic Era, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Excalibur
Hits of the 1980s
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Hot Party 80 Classics
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
I Am What I Am & More Dancefloor Classics
Various Artists
Sound and Vision
I Love Disco [Ministry of Sound]
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound
In the Summertime & More Sunshine Hits
Various Artists
Sound and Vision
Joey Essex Presents Party Anthems
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:33
Just the Hits: 80s
Various Artists
Universal
Kool Love Telstar
La Mejor Musica Disco
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Ladies Night [2020]
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Latest & Greatest: House Party
Various Artists
Union Square Music
Magic '80s
Various Artists
UMOD
Magic Soul
Various Artists
Universal
More Than Fever Night
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Music Is Universal: Clásicos del Orgullo
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Music Is Universal: Disco Pride
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Música Disco en Ingles
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Noches Disco
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Nostalgia Disco Dancing
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Now: Boogie Nights Disco Classics
Various Artists
Now Music
Old But Gold 80's
Various Artists
Universal 3:32
Old School Gold Box Set
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:53
Old School, Vol. 6
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:53
Onda buena onda
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Orgullo Universal
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Pasaporte a los 80s
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Pure Groove: The Very Best 80's Soul Funk Grooves
Various Artists
BMG / Telstar TV Records
Reggae Soul
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Retro Disco [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Rewind: The 80s Album
Various Artists
Inspired Records / Ministry of Sound 3:36
Sizzling Summer Nights
Various Artists
R.B Nostalgia
Soiree Barbecue
Various Artists
Universal 3:32
Soirée Funk
Various Artists
Universal 3:32
Soul Classics [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Soul Grooves [UMOD]
Various Artists
UMOD
Soul Hits [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Soul and Rhythm Classics
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Soulklassiker
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Sounds of the '80s: Don't You Want Me – 1980-1983
Various Artists
Universal
Sport Camping 2020
Various Artists
Universal 3:32
Stars of the 80's, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Sound and Vision
Summer Boogie
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Summer Disco Vibes
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
The Best '80s Car Songs Album in the World... Ever!
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
The Best '80s Groove Album in the World... Ever!
Various Artists
Universal
The Best 70s Album in the World...Ever!
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
The Best of 1982: 20th Century Masters
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing / Universal Music 3:36
The Best of Disco & Funk
Various Artists
Universal 4:52
The Nice Guys
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records
The Very Best of Soul
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Top Camping 2020
Various Artists
Universal 3:32
Top of the Pops 1982 [Spectrum]
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:32
Top of the Spot
Various Artists
Trevor Nelson Club Classics UMOD 3:32
Tubes Disco
Various Artists
Universal 4:46
Viaje a 1981
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Wedding Classics
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
Wedding Party [2019]
Various Artists
Universal 4:50
What a Feeling [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 3:33
Été Camping
Various Artists
Universal 3:32