Tone-Lōc – “Lōc’ed After Dark” (1989)

What dates Lōc’ed After Dark to the late 1980s isn’t the beats, a hip hop cover of The Troggs, or Tone-Lōc’s signature delivery.  No.  It’s what was at the time a throw-away line in “Wild Thing”:

Shoppin’ at the mall…

The mall???  Who the hell goes to the mall these days???

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You’d be forgiven for thinking that Lōc’ed After Dark is a two-trick pony with it’s pair of Top 5 hits “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina”.  But have you ever listened to the entire album?  Because I hadn’t until this week.  And holy hell!!!  The opener, “On Fire (Remix)” is a stone cold jam and the title track… oh that sweet funky title track… so damn good.  Those no-wave horns that open “I Got It Goin’ On”, later followed by that Caribbean percussion and scratching?  Baller.  Using the word ‘supercalifragilisticexpealidocious‘ on “Cutting Rhymes”?  Classic.  And he throws in a One two, Buckle my shoe???? And that’s just side A.

Lōc’ed After Dark holds up, at least to these old ears.