Song Review: Technotronic – “Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)”

“Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)” was released as the second single for Technotronic’s 1989 album, Pump Up the Jam. The single was released in January 1990 and peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

I was 14 years old and in the ninth grade when this single was released. This single was released after it was revealed that Felly hadn’t sung on “Pump Up the Jam”; fortunately, Technotronic didn’t end up dealing with the backlash that Milli Vanilli endured when their deception was revealed, so it didn’t affect airplay for the act’s second single. Of the songs I know from the Pump Up the Jam album, “Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)” is probably my favorite, with “Move This” a close second. While “Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)” is a repetitive dance song, its repetitiveness didn’t stand out as much as it did for “Pump Up the Jam.” It probably helps that the musical arrangement for “Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)” has more complexity to it when compared to “Pump Up the Jam.”

The music video is basically what I refer to as a “club video”; it was a music video made more with the intention of being played in dance clubs than it was on mainstream cable channels such as MTV. It’s not bad for a club video, and in fact, it’s better than the video for “Pump Up the Jam.” Sure, the music video for “Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)” looks dated, but nowhere hear as dated as “Pump Up the Jam” does. This video also features Ya Kid K, the rapper that performs on this song. There’s a woman who pops up in the video who is either Felly or is someone who is supposed to look like Felly. Maybe it was felt that they needed to somehow justify having Felly on the cover of the album since she didn’t actually perform on it?

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