By the time this post is active on my blog, I will indeed have been paid.
I’ve been trying to get this song on a Flashback Friday for weeks. But I wanted to sync it to a week that I actually got paid. But it seemed that every time a pay week would arrive, I had something else in mind for Flashback Friday. Of course, if I were still at my old job (the one where I was “newspapered”), I was getting a paper check every week. When I accepted my current job, I had to learn how to accept being paid every other week, and by direct deposit. Let’s just say that I managed to get used to it, without worrying that there would be too much month at the end of the money.
Funny how that works. You never hear anyone say there is too much money at the end of the month, do ya?
Ladies and gentlemen, the payday song for those who remember the “new jack swing” era: Johnny Kemp’s “Just Got Paid.”
Kemp passed away a little over a year ago at the age of 55 (or 56, depending on which news account you accept). This was by far his biggest hit, but he did have three other songs that made the R&B top 25 back in the 80s. With a big assist from Teddy Riley, one of the architects of New Jack Swing, Kemp gave working stiffs a Friday (or any payday) anthem to celebrate collecting those wages. Oh, and for getting down. Because, at least in this tune, you can’t have one without the other.
So, get on down and enjoy this Flashback Friday jam. And as always, thanks for reading and listening.