Tone-Loc at The Social show preview 

click to enlarge Tone-Loc, with GhettoBlaster, Friday, April 6, 8 p.m., thesocial719.com.
  • Tone-Loc, with GhettoBlaster, Friday, April 6, 8 p.m., thesocial719.com.
Music can be a serious aphrodisiac, with songs like Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” and Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” bringing more of us kicking and screaming our way into this world than Viagra, Cialis and Levitra combined. Yet surprisingly few songs are actually about aphrodisiacs, the most notable exceptions being Leiber & Stoller’s “Love Potion #9” and Tone-Loc‘s “Funky Cold Medina.”

The latter, in all likelihood, prevented more pregnancies than it produced, despite fetching lyrics like “Gave some to my dog, when he began to beg / Then he licked his bowl, and he looked at me / And did the wild thing on my leg.”

“Funky Cold Medina” earned Tone-Loc a nomination for Best Rap Performance at the 1990 Grammys, where it went up against De La Soul’s “Me Myself and I,” Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” Young MC’s “Bust a Move” and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson.” As it turned out, Young MC (who’d written both “Bust a Move” and “Funky Cold Medina”) took home the award and has since released seven additional albums.

Tone-Loc, meanwhile, has been comparatively quiet, his deep gravelly voice more often heard in animated features like FernGully than on hip-hop radio. But who else among us can lay claim to two platinum hits ­(“Wild Thing” being the other) that have been sampled by the likes of Eric B & Rakim, Jody Watley and Black Eyed Peas?

Tone-Loc’s most recent Colorado performance, as part of the I Love the ‘90s Tour, was limited to a two-song set, but expect him to dive deeper when he headlines Colorado Springs’ newest venue. Arrive on time and you can also catch an opening set by Nebraska-based tribute band GhettoBlaster, who play live versions of old-school rap hits like “Gangsta’s Paradise,” “The Humpty Dance” and, yes, “Bust a Move.”


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