"If there's music we can use it we need to dance
We don't have the time for psychological romance
No romance, no romance, no romance for me mamma
Come on baby tell me what's the word"
—Cameo, "Word Up"
Not to be confused with The Cameo
are a Funk
band from New York City
. Led by Larry Blackmon, they started in 1974 as the New York City Players
before changing their name to Cameo to avoid being confused with
the Ohio Players. The group has gone through many
lineup changes over the years, with Blackmon being the one constant. Among their most famous songs are "Word Up!," "Candy" and "She's Strange."
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"Trope Up, up, everybody say, when you hear that call you've got to get it under way":
- Dance Sensation: "Shake Your Pants"
- Dedication: She's Strange is dedicated to the late Polygram A&R representative Bill Haywood.
- Heavy Meta: "Funk Funk"
- I Am the Band
- "I Want" Song" "I Just Want to Be"
- Intercourse with You: "Keep It Hot," etc.
- Large Ham: Larry Blackmon
- Live Album: Several, starting with 1996's Nasty.
- Memetic Hair: Absolutely. The Cameo cut, also known as the Hi-Top Fade, was hugely influential in the 1980s and early 1990s.
- Product Placement: "Shake Your Pants" mentions the brands Sassoon, Jordache and Gloria Vanderbilt.
- Protest Song: "Talkin' Out the Side of Your Neck" calls out Ronald Reagan.
- Revolving Door Band: 26 members, not counting touring extras, over a nearly 40-year existence.
- Serious Business: As they say in "Word Up": "We don't have the time for psychological romance"
- Shout-Out: "Tribute to Bob Marley"
- Silly Love Songs: "She's Strange," "Attack Me With Your Love," "Why Have I Lost You," "Hangin' Downtown," etc.
- Singer Namedrop: "Cameosis"
- Verbal Tic: "Owwww!"