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???
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.