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COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Blame It On The Boogie’

The song, “Blame It On The Boogie”, was originally recorded by Mick Jackson in 1978

Mick Jackson (b.1947 – and not related to) co-wrote the song “Blame It On The Boogie” along with Dave Jackson and Elmar Krohn and released it as his debut single in August 1978. The song peaked at No.61 on the US singles chart and No.15 in the UK, but was quickly picked up by producer Bobby Colomby (b.1944) and recorded by The Jacksons within days of hearing it on the radio.

The Jacksons hastily recorded their version, which was at a different speed and tone, and released this the following month. Their version made No.54 in America and No.8 in the UK, beating Mick Jackson’s original by seven places. The song was also a top ten success in Australia, New Zealand and Spain. It was later included on The Jacksons album, “Destiny”, released at the end of 1978.

The song has been covered and performed by numerous artists but the best known and most successful recording came in 1989, when the track was covered by British ‘boy band’ Big Fun. Their version was produced by top hitmakers Stock Aitken Waterman and became not only their breakout hit but also their biggest when it was released in July that year and went to No.4 in the UK, No.5 in Spain and was a top 40 success in Australia, France and the former West Germany.

But which version is the best? MICK JACKSON’s original, THE JACKSONS version or BIG FUN’s cover?

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