Monday, November 16, 2009

A free Taana Gardner download

I am such a fan of Taana Gardner’s 1981 funky hit record “Heartbeat,” I used it in my TV show “Kingpin.” Put it under a gunfight in a strip club. It was hot.

Last week, West End Records digitally reissued Ms. Gardner’s debut album from 1979. I’ve got a FREE MP3 of her first club hit, “Work That Body” (written by Kenton Nix, who would later create “Heartbeat” and another all-time great jam, Gwen McCrae’s “Funky Sensation”).

Click here to hear “Work That Body” on my Vox blog. To download it, click the song title below.

I just learned something I didn’t know about Taana Gardner. There’s a Kid Creole connection!

In ’79, she was recruited to sing with a studio project called Aural Exciters. One song they cut was “Maladie D’Amour,” written by August Darnell and Andy Hernandez... and later recorded by them for the first Kid Creole & the Coconuts LP.

Click here to hear Taana Gardner singing “Maladie D’Amour.”

“Work That Body” (MP3)
Album available at iTunes Music Store


Dacks said...

LOVE this song. I take it with me every time I DJ, no matter what kind of event it is - it's sure to take a party higher.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Cool. I don't remember this track at all. Must've gotten no radio play.

bklyn6 said...

^It got played on the radio in my neck o' the woods.

I like it better than "Heartbeat."

Undercover Black Man said...

I like it better than "Heartbeat."

Wow. If you say so, bklyn6.


For me, when they slowed it down to under 100 beats per minute for "Heartbeat" (and "Funky Sensation"), they took club music to a funky new place.

bklyn6 said...

I listened to your Vox and it still sounds hot.

Thanks for the DL link.