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Title : Pigbros with The Membranes - Word Up! (Cameo Cover)
Description : From '' Now Is The Time To Remove Your Mask ''
Label: Cake Records -- 12 SLICE 1
Format: Vinyl, 12"
Country: UK
Released: 1987

A1 Past Caring
A2 Hedonist Hat
B1 Word Up
B2 Stopped Myself In Time

Vocals, Guitar -- John Robb, Nick Beales
Bass -- Jonathan Cooke, Wallis Tadpole
Drums -- Coofy Sid, Fuzz Townshend
Saxophone, Guitar -- Svor Naan


"Word Up!" is a funk/hip hop song written and originally recorded by Cameo in 1986.
Due to its heavy play on American dance and R&B radio, as well as music video play on MTV (which has LeVar Burton as a police detective trying to arrest the band), the single became the band's most well-known hit.

From the album of the same name, "Word Up!" was Cameo's first US Top 40 hit, peaking at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and also spent three weeks at number one on the US Hot Black Singles chart.
"Word Up!" also spent one week at number one on the US Hot Dance Singles chart, and reached number three in the UK.
The song was written by Larry Blackmon & Thomas Michael Jenkins.

Like the band's previous single, Single Life, Word Up! features a sample of the opening notes of Ennio Morricone's theme to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Cover Versions

In the 1990s, "Word Up!" was first covered by Scottish rock band Gun, whose version carried a harder, more rock-oriented sound, including a guitar solo. Taken from their album Swagger, it was released on July 1, 1994 and reached #8 in the UK singles chart.

Gun's version of the song was featured on the soundtrack to 1996 film Barb Wire, and was also used in the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation season one episode "Who Are You?". The Gun version was also featured on the 2011 series of British television show Dancing on Ice, when Vanilla Ice used it as background music for his dance in the first episode.

"Word Up!" was later covered by Melanie B (known as Melanie G at that time) It was released on June 28, 1999. It peaked at #14 at UK Singles Chart. The single was also on the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack. "Word Up!" sold about 77,996 copies in the UK, which was the lowest selling solo Spice Girls-related single of the 1990s.

"Word Up!" by American nu metal band Korn is a cover of the song by R&B group, Cameo. Its musical arrangements are similar to that of the cover version by Gun, except it is played in a lower sounding 7 string guitar tuning instead of the standard E. "Word Up!" was the first track featured on Korn's 2004 retrospective album, Greatest Hits, Volume 1, and was one of three new tracks along with Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" that was exclusive to the album (the "Word Up!" CD single also featured a live performance of the latter).

Covered by Cochino for the soundtrack of Party Monster
Covered by the band The BossHoss in 2005 for the album Internashville Urban Hymns
Country-soul singer Willis covered the song as a B-side for her 2004 single "Take You High". Her version was featured on the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation seventh season episode "Post Mortem".
Finnish humppa band Eläkeläiset recorded a cover for their 2006 album Humppasirkus
The song was covered by German artist Jan Delay.
Belarussian ska-punk band Zatoczka in 2009 (album Zatoczka)
Greek electronic musician Digital Alkemist (Costas C) covered the song on his 2009 EP Um Novo Dia, featuring Heather Brooks on vocals.
Covered by Bentley Jones in his album TRANS//LATION 2.

Appearances in other media

The song is featured in 10 Things I Hate About You at Bogey Lowenstien's party.
The song is featured in the Euromix version of the arcade game Dance Dance Revolution
The song is featured in a mix with Bell Biv Devoe's song "Poison", and in a mix with Indeep's song "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" in the game DJ Hero
The Korn version is featured in the video game Lego Rock Band.
The Korn version is featured in the background in a scene in the House episode Daddy's Boy.
The Korn version features in two episodes of Monk. First it appears in the season 3 episode Mr. Monk Gets Stuck in Traffic (which also guest stars the members of Korn as themselves) as the song that is playing during a tailgate party during the traffic stop on U.S. Highway 101. It is also the song that is played in the background in the season 5 episode Mr. Monk Goes to a Rock Concert when Adrian Monk, Natalie Teeger and Captain Stottlemeyer first arrive at the San Francisco Band Jam.
Steve Carell is shown briefly singing the song in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
The song is featured in The Simpsons episode "Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words"
The song's title is the catchphrase that WordGirl uses in the American television cartoon of the same name when she changes costumes by touching her symbol on the suit.
The song is played by HBCU marching bands like Southern University's Human Jukebox and Central State University's Invincible Marching Marauders.
Often used by ABC to promote the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
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