13 July 2016, No. 163, Chicago Gangsters, ‘Gangster Boogie’

These are my kind of lyrics. Largely free of other instrumental impediments, comprising only two words, and taking up very little real estate in the landscape of the song, they make one want to chant along. I forgot that No. 163, “Gangster Boogie” from Chicago Gangsters, shows up in LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out,” and I think I never even noticed it’s in Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story” for a bar or two.

Chicago Gangsters also have the slowest tune on the list and, as a consequence, are the group who kicked off this whole effort with “Your Self Conscious Mind” [sic] at No. 1. Don’t worry, though; this snake hasn’t eaten its tail yet, and there’s plenty more disco, funk, and soul to go, plus whatever else gets churned into the mix. We don’t hit 120 beats per minute until No. 632, so maybe in a couple years unless I get better about writing these every day. And sneak peek spoiler alert: The first 120-bpm tune at No. 632 is more synthpop than disco, being an edit of ABC’s “Look of Love.” Anyway, all of that is for the future. For now, boogie like a gangster and look forward to all the mid-tempo burners we’re doing before we get to the after-midnight jams.