31 Jan Throwback Thursday: Color Me Badd – “I Wanna Sex You Up”
Color Me Badd’s “I Wanna Sex You Up” is one of those songs that manages to be a baby-making slow jam and a club banger at the same damn time, and for that alone, it will go down in history.
Released in March 1991 and written by Elliot Straite, “I Wanna Sex You Up” gives us doo-wop-style vocals over a bouncy contemporary beat, and the result is pure musical magic. The song samples Betty Wright’s “Tonight is the Night” and Shuggie Otis’ “Strawberry Letter 23,” and includes soundbites from Doug E. Fresh’s “La Di Da Di.”
The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, and has aged beautifully in the 28 years since its release. The video has also aged well in an ironic oh-what-a-time kinda way. Check it out below.