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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Johnny Kemp - 'Just Got Paid'

Check the mirror, we're lookin' fly
Round up the posse, jump in my ride
Radio rockin', a monster jam
Feel the rhythm, pump up the sound
I'm feelin' so good
Don't you know I'm just groovin' to the beat

Is there a more appropriate weekend song than Johnny Kemp's "Just Got Paid"?  I remember when this song first came out way back in 1988 I loved the fact that I could relate to it when I cashed my very first pay checks every Friday afternoon. "Just Got Paid" still speaks to a nation of 9-to-5 workers and nothing else feels like having that money in hand after a long week on the job, right?

This was Kemp's biggest hit and in climbed to number ten on Billboard's Hot 100. It sat at number one for a bit on the dance charts though and ultimately became one of the anthems of the decade. Sadly Kemp died in April of 2015 while on a cruise in Jamaica. He was actually scheduled to perform but instead Kemp was found face down in Montego Bay. The assumption has always been that he fell and ultimately drowned after hitting his head. 

Kemp may have passed away but you better believe that a little after 5 p.m. every Friday radio stations across the U.S. crack out "Just Got Paid", for old times sake.