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Word Up!

Cameo Audio CD
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Cameo, unlike many funk bands that emerged in the late '70s, really thrived in the 1980s. Lead singer/producer Larry Blackmon insisted on changing with the times, and he did so by making Cameo more high-tech. An outlandish, in-your-face stage presence, a strange sense of humor, and a hard-driving funk sound that criss-crossed a few musical boundaries earned Cameo countless comparisons to Parliament/Funkadelic in their early days. However, Cameo eventually wore off accusations of being derivative by transcending their influences and outlasting almost every single one of them. Throughout the '70s and '80s, the group remained up with the times and occasionally crept ahead of them, such that they became influences themselves upon younger generations of R&B and hip-hop acts. Includes the single's 'Word Up' and 'Candy'. Universal.

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Cameo ~ Word Up

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5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S A CANDY!!!!! March 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND SEEIN' THE SINGER WITH THAT BIG RED GNARLY THING POSITIONED ON THE CROUCH MADE ME WANNA GO OUT A GET ONE OF THOSE!!!I HAD TO SETTLE FOR THIS WONDERFUL RECORD INSTEAD!!!ALMOST 20YRS LATER THE INFECTIOUS FUNK OF WORD UP AND BACK N' FORTH STILL SOUND FRESH!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars The album that defines crap.....!!! March 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the worst album i have ever heard!!!
Dont buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The album that defined "cool" in the 1980s June 6 2003
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
1986 was quite a year. I was busy perfecting an advanced level of high school nerdiness that future generations would never be able to equal, and Cameo was releasing what was, to me, the coolest song I had ever heard in my life. Word Up was huge; not since the heyday of Fonzie had I encountered such a concentration of coolness in anything. Everybody loved this song, everybody played this song, and everybody inevitably introduced the word Owwwww into his/her vocabulary. Then the song Candy was released, another great song that increased the shelf life of Larry Blackmon's trademark Owwwww for several more months. The way I saw it, you couldn't even pretend to be cool without owning this album. At first glance, you look and see only seven songs and wonder what the deal is here, but let me rationalize this seeming weakness of the CD by explaining that the album is 35 minutes long, with two songs over five minutes long and one spanning an excess of six minutes; thus, while it's still a relatively short album, it is not "too short" by any means (especially for its time). While none of the other tracks comes close to equaling the power of Word Up, this is still a great album all the way around. The only thing I knew about funk at this time was that Rick James' Superfreak was the funkiest funk around. I knew nothing about Cameo's emergence in the late 70s and their successful adaptation to the musical changes of the 80s, not only surviving where other funk bands fell by the wayside but prospering like nobody's business. I guess this can be called hip-hop music; all I know is that this was bold, cutting edge stuff to my young little mind. Now, I can appreciate this album in altogether new ways, and I must say it's still all kinds of cool. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Word Up! July 26 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I think this is one of the greatest r+b group I ever heard! I especially like Cameo's hit Word Up.
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