KC, of the Sunshine Band: "We're the Party Band"

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Hal Puckett
Artist's rendering of New Year's Eve Houston at Discovery Green
RO: Now that dance music is getting so popular again, does it make you feel vindicated at all?

KC: It does, you know. Absolutely. For I don't know how many years, the press and the critics were trying to convince me and the world and Donna Summer and everybody else that what we did was senseless and worthless, and to the contrary, it wasn't. It isn't. It's made a major impact on all types of music, from country to rock and roll -- I mean, you name it, this sound has infiltrated and become a part of that. Especially now in 2012, it's made a huge, major comeback.

RO: All your original hits -- were they as much fun to record as they are to listen to?

KC: Absolutely. I love going into the studio and creating that magic. It really is magic.

RO: Are there any of your songs that you thought would be bigger than they turned out to be?

KC: No, I knew they were hits (laughs). They were all huge, huge, huge, huge hits. I thought one of 'em wasn't gonna be a hit. I wasn't sure about "Shake Your Booty," because when I went in to record the vocals, it seemed so effortless for me, and I didn't think it would work. But it was a big, big record worldwide. They all sold more two million copies apiece.

RO: What are a few covers of your songs you think really nailed it?

KC: I liked Rob Zombie's version of "I'm Your Boogieman." I thought it was pretty good. I thought the remake of "Please Don't Go," there was two people that remade it, W & KWS, was great. And of course my songs have been sampled by everybody and their brother.

KC & the Sunshine Band play New Year's Eve Houston at Discovery Green 9 p.m. Monday, December 31.

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Discovery Green Conservancy

1500 McKinney, Houston, TX

Category: General

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