KC and the Sunshine Band's Harry Wayne Casey: "I Don't Believe in Getting Bored on Stage"

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Why do you think it's so hard for so many artists to stick to the hits? A lot of artists that are touring towards the end of their careers distance themselves from some of their most successful tracks.
I don't know. I always wonder if maybe they can't even perform them anymore. I go to some concerts over and over again and every year they play the same old ones. And they have like 20 times the hits I have, and some of my favorite songs I've never heard them do live. So I don't know what that reasoning is. I would think that if you had all those hits, you'd want to play at least a little piece of all of them. I would.

Do you ever get sick of playing certain songs? Or bored at all?
How can you get bored when the audience is excited? Unless the audience is bored with you. I don't believe in getting bored on stage.

Your songs have really been in every possible medium. But they've also been heavily sampled. Notorious BIG, Beyonce, Trick Daddy. The list really goes on. How does it make you feel to see your music continue to be used and reinvented all these years later?
I think it's very flattering. I think it adds a lot of legitimacy to the music that we created. A lot of critics have tried to put our music down, so to me it just solidifies how great those songs really were, and backs it up with a whole new generation.

What do you think it is about your music that makes it so compatible with hip-hop?
The rhythms I guess. I don't know. They're good time records too. I think they were great songs. Not only the hits, but the more obscure songs on the albums have great rhythms. I mean, dance music is bigger than it's ever been.

It is. And speaking of dance music, you guys kind of started the whole booty movement.
(Laughs) Exactly.

You got the word put in the dictionary, didn't you?
Well we didn't have it put in the dictionary, but it went in the dictionary because of the song.

So -- and I promised myself I'd never use this word but here I go -- are you prepared to take responsibility for the 'twerking' phenomenon?
I don't know if I can take credit for that. How can I take credit for that one?

I think it all stems from the tree that was "Shake, Shake, Shake."
(Laughs) Well it's very possible. I would have to be responsible for that I guess.

A former colleague of yours, Blowfly, is kind of making a bit of a comeback in Miami.
(Laughs) Oh, yeah.

Do you still keep in touch with him?
I hear from Clarence every now and then. He's a good guy -- a good person. You know, he was one of the main people that helped me when no one else really wanted anything to do with me. He let me co-write with him and stuff.

So what are you expecting from the South Florida crowd?
I don't know. I don't have to expect anything. They're all coming to have a great time, and I'm going to have a good time with them. I think we're all going there for the same reason. So that's what's going to happen.

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Hope K.C and the Sunshine Band will come back to Australia soon, saw them in 2004 would love to see them again. Wasn't around in the 70s but been listening to them for 17 years. I disagree about the obscure tracks though: there are lots of great album tracks from their catalogue that are as good as the hits.

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