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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Commodores - 'Nightshift'

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"Gonna be some sweet sounds
Coming down on the nightshift
I bet you're singing proud
Oh I bet you'll pull a crowd
Gonna be a long night
It's gonna be all right
On the nightshift
Oh you found another home
I know you're not alone
On the nightshift"

"Nightshift" is a 1985 hit song by the Commodores and the title track from the eleventh album of the same name. The song, written by then lead singer Walter Orange was a tribute to soul/R&B singers Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye, who both died in 1984. The Commodores originally didn't want "Nightshift" to be released as a single but their record label insisted and eventually the song found its' way to number three on Billboard's Hot 100.

The video reminds me of my grandmother's house because it seemed to always be playing while I visited. "Nightshift" was also the first Commodores song to find mainstream success in spite of Lionel Richie's departure from the group. Check out the video below!