His band wasn't too shabby, either: The original Time included bassist Jimmy Jam and keyboardist Terry Lewis, who went on to become a dominant R&B production machine, and shoulda-been-a-contender guitarist Jesse Johnson. (Alas, Johnson parted ways with the group during their heyday, and Jam and Lewis have gotten all huffy about Day's supposedly besmirching the band's name by reuniting.) Their choreographed moves matched Day's for showmanship; more important, they laid down a sleek, undeniable groove that made the songs more than mere novelty hits. For all their dated synthisms, "The Bird," "Jerk Out" and "Get It Up" can still start a fire out on the floor. Most of all, "Jungle Love" has become an enduring staple of retro-'80s nights, wedding receptions and karaoke bars -- count on Day's bringing down the house (tent?) with it at this show, too.
"Ain't nobody bad like me," the man still says after all these years. Until you can stand in front of thousands and check your 'do in your personal valet's handheld mirror, you'd do best not to argue.
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