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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wicked Wednesday

One of the biggest hits of 1984, Neutron Dance was a track that the Pointer Sisters recorded for their multi platinum album Break Out, released the year before. It really wasn’t planned for single release until the hit movie Beverly Hills Cop featured it prominently in its soundtrack. The tune became an overnight sensation and started selling even more Pointer Sisters albums, as well as that groovy soundtrack. Planet Records wasted no time pressing it as a single after that.

Climbing into the Top 5 in the spring of ’84, Neutron Dance continued the Pointer Sisters' dominance of the record charts. With sister Ruth providing lead vocals, the track had a driving bass that couldn’t be beat. It absolutely sizzled across the airwaves as it sold over a million copies and went gold. Stopping two places short of the coveted #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, Neutron Dance hit with a vengeance and was the last Top Ten record off the Break Out album.

Still played in heavy rotation on radio, this is a song that makes people want to get up and dance over 25 years later. You can’t ignore it, nor do you want to, as that infectious beat plays on. And long may it play.


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