Flashback: The Story Behind C+C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat”

CHART REWIND. WelcheMusic takes a trip down memory lane and honors C+C Music Factory in this blog post. “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” was initially released back in 1990, but didn’t break until 1991. It eventually became a Billboard Hot 100 No.1, and reached the top spot in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The track peaked at No.5 in Sweden.


The men behind the C’s were actually producers David Cole and Robert Clivillés. Little did they know about the controversy that they were going to cause. Vocalist Martha Wash was replaced in the video by Zelma Davis. Let’s just say that one looks like a supermodel, the other doesn’t. Wash was one of the members of The Weather Girls (“It’s Raining Men”) and this wasn’t the first time she was replaced by a model. Back in 1989, Italian Katherine Quinol fronted Black Box on hits such as “Everybody Everybody” and “I Don’t Know Anybody Else.” It’s important to stress that she did not sing the vocals on “Ride on Time,” which was based on Loleatta Holloway’s “Love Sensation.”


“Gonna Make you Sweat” did not only launched the career of C+C Music Factory, it also made the producers the talk of the town. In 1992, the team produced Whitney Houston’s Chaka Khan cover “I’m Every Woman” from The Bodyguard and they also produced Mariah Carey’s “Anytime You Need a Friend” and “Now that I Know.” Throughout their career they produced artists such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Deborah Cooper.

The track was followed by “Here We Go (Let’s Rock’N’Roll)” and “Things That Make You Go Hmmm…” Sadly, David Cole passed away in 1995, only 32 years old. Cole’s death inspired Mariah Carey to record “One Sweet Day” with soul group Boyz II Men.

We ‘Would Never Do Without’ This Song, Janet

CHART REWIND. Janet Jackson is definitely one of the artists that WelcheMusic would consider a career makeover. Unfortunately, we don’t have a miracle solution. Only this September, she issued the track “Make Me” in order to push her greatest hits compilation The Best (also known as Number Ones Stateside).  The track was penned by r’n’b guru Rodney Jerkins, but failed to make any impact on the charts. It didn’t help that critical praise compared the track to her own chart topper “All for You” and even brother Michael’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Fair enough, it topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart, but it only made it to No.73 on the UK singles chart.


Instead, we take a trip down memory lane with one of her best tracks ever – “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”. Taken from the Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 album from 1989, it wasn’t released as a single until October 1990. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week and the video is probably one of the classiest ever featuring Calvin Klein models Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Djimon Hounsou. The former had a brief acting career and appeared as Heather Locklear’s evil ex-husband in Melrose Place.

According to chart expert Fred Bronson, producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis thought about giving the track to Prince, Johnny Gill or Ralph Tresvant, This would explain that Janet almost sounds like a guy when singing the verse.

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