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If You Feel The Funk (1980)

“If You Feel the Funk” was the first single to be taken from La Toya’s self-titled debut album on Polydor Records, released in October 1980. It was produced by Ollie E. Brown and written by Dorie Pride and Kamau Peterson.

The single peaked at #17 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #40 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart. It reached #42 in Germany and #13 in the Netherlands.

La Toya performed “If You Feel the Funk” as well as its B-side, “Are You Ready,” on the November 8, 1980 episode of Soul Train. She also performed “If You Feel the Funk” on the December 13, 1980 episode of American Bandstand. In Europe, the song was performed on the 13 December, 1980 episode of Dutch program TopPop and on the February 12, 1981 episode of Musikladen.

Lyrics:

If you feel the funk shake your rump
Shake your rump to the funk
Won’t you shake it

If you feel the funk shake your rump
Shake your rump to the funk
Won’t you shake it

Now we all see that you’re groovin’ down yeah
That don’t mean you can’t sit around
Just sit around, just get on down

Now I wanna see you shake it to me
If you feel the funk shake your rump
Shake your rump to the funk
Won’t you shake it

If you feel the funk shake your rump
Shake your rump to the funk
Won’t you shake it

The way you move to my groove
Is turning me on
I don’t know you but I would love to

I can see you and me gettin’ it on
Come with me let it be
Get down and party

If you feel the funk shake your rump
Shake your rump to the funk
Won’t you shake it

I want to see, shake baby shake
Shake baby shake
Shake it don’t break it
Don’t just clap your hands get up and dance
Shake it don’t break it
Don’t just clap your hands get up and dance

Don’t hold back what you feel in your soul
‘Cause if that’s where it’s at boy it’s good as gold
No don’t be shy, no need to question why

If you feel the funk shake your rump
Shake your rump to the funk
Won’t you shake it

If you feel the funk shake your rump
Shake your rump to the funk
Won’t you shake it