Can you name the one American band that recorded with Band Aid?
Band Aid was considered the best collection of popular musicians that Britain had to offer but not every artist in Band Aid was from across the pond. So who was the answer to the trivia question of what American group participated in Band Aid? It was Kool & the Gang.
So why was Kool & the Gang in Band Aid and not other hipster or bigger name American bands? It was just simple logistics as Band Aid was rushed together in a matter of days and Kool & the Gang just happened to be touring in the country at the time. One other American appeared in Band Aid and that was Jody Watley, who was recording in England with Shalamar before starting her successful solo career.
There was no more consistent band in the '80s than Kool & the Gang as every year they released an album that went gold or platinum and spawned a couple of Top 40 hits. In 1982 they had two Top 40 hits that are rarely played these days - Big Fun (featured on Lost & Found several years ago) and today's feature of Let's Go Dancin' (Ooh, La, La), which was a minor hit that made it to No. 30 on the singles charts.
The reggae flavored Let's Go Dancin' is a simple low budget video that reminds us that not all fashion choices in the '80s were winners. The video features members of Kool & the Gang parading around in their own unique bright solid-color shirt and pants combo.
2016 was a busy year for Kool & the Gang as they released Sexy, their first single a decade that was a hit on the R&B charts and they also helped Steve and Brad get their groove on The '80s Cruise.