dirty martini

old music for new people

chaka khan let me rock you, let me rock you chaka khan August 13, 2007


i always think is a shame that most people only recognise chaka khan for ‘ain’t nobody’. its a breakdance classic and girls to the floor anthem but there is a lot more where that came from.

chaka started in the industry at 16 with a group called lyfe, and five years later in 1973 formed the group rufus, which would prove her first successful outing. she went solo in 1978 but continued to work with rufus well into the 80s.

twelve chaka tracks that aren’t ‘ain’t nobody’ – download here


sampled by dj sneak, this amazing disco tune has one of those memorable hooks you know instinctively.

do you love what you feel

quality 70s vocal funk as part of rufus. nice vocals from other group members.


moody chilled soul. a mel c lookalike butchered this on american idol last season with some of the scariest vocals and facial expressions i’ve ever seen.

this is my night

quintessential mid-80s synth soul, this was actually one of the first chaka songs i heard.

sweet thing

a rare decent cover version from mary j blige doesn’t quite overshadow the original.

i’m every woman

again, the whitney version from the bodyguard soundtrack now sounds dated in comparison to this disco monster.


another funk/soul classic. sampled for stardust’s ‘music sounds better with you’, if it sounds familiar.

i know you, i live you

dramatic, atmospheric soul would overpower many voices. chaka pulls it off.

i feel for you

actually her biggest hit. this was a remake of an obscure prince song, featuring stevie wonder on harmonica and a rap from melle mel.

once you get started

disco track, also featuring some nice 80s keyboards.

tell me something good

departure from their usual frenetic workout. slow and funky with pioneering vocoder. not like that awful cher track that made you feel queasy.


midtempo disco tune about butterflies.

whatcha gonna do for me

one of my favourites, perfect example of early 80s soul.


2 Responses to “chaka khan let me rock you, let me rock you chaka khan”

  1. […] chaka khan – i know you, i live you […]

  2. […] chaka khan – through the fire […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s