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The lead singer and focal point of the great Motown family act DeBarge, El DeBarge, sits down with Questlove to talk about the "choreography" they created that One Direction used, what it was like shooting to fame, and how Marty earned his "wild one" reputation.
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The lead singer and focal point of the great Motown family act DeBarge, El DeBarge, sits down with Questlove to talk about the "choreography" they created that One Direction used, what it was like shooting to fame, and how Marty earned his "wild one" reputation.
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we do stop. Don't you just stop. Don't tease me. And you did. I like it back when that was like maybe a throwaway song or something. You know when you remind people of their past. That's my favorite thing. Just in case you forgot you were, you were a tuxedo. You want tuxedo with no jacket. Wait, okay. This is, I hope I don't get trouble for this question. But I always wanted to know. So you guys are a family unit. You're on motel obviously. Of course when you're thinking of the lineage of Motown and being a family, of course the J word is always going to pop up and you know, you're associated with one of those J words which remain, but I always wanted to know like why? Because the one thing that you guys rarely did was choreography. I'm so glad you're not mad at me for asking you? No. Like no, no, no, no, no, no, no. I take it back when you, when you did baby. Once you come quick, y'all have some moves together or whatever. Yeah, but that's the one, the one thing that always puzzled me was that I knew that they were putting so much energy behind you guys. But it's like the one thing you were the first Motown act that I saw presented as a five person group as a family, but you guys never had uh, like not since uh, what's, what's the band before? You know, what's the boy band? Now, the one that harry styles was in one direction, wondering one direction when I saw one direction on Snl, wait a minute. This feels familiar. I said, fuck the barge. Why you're the first person to draw that comparison? Absolutely no, no, no, no. It's just that I'm used to, I'm used to seeing five people act out upon unison doing these intricate things. And you guys never did that when y'all in philadelphia uh able book me a flight to philadelphia new york right now. Everybody to pull up. How about to pull up? But you know, I'm telling the truth. Like, why wasn't why, like, why didn't you guys go through that? That uh, I guess you could say uh, charlie Atkins phase of like, was that going by Motown by now? Like the whole, uh, the Alvin ailey space. Yeah, charlie, It's all that stuff. Okay, well, you know what? I was running the same thing. Um, I think it's because a lot of us could dash probably. I never saw that. You left feet, you can move. Yeah, but they got, they brought choreographers in and it was like, it was a joke. It was a joke. Like choreography started crying. I fell down a rabbit hole where I just looked at every debarge clip from even the Mcdonald's commercials, Everything. Yeah, it was so corny. I just noticed that you guys were just to step on your own. You really think about that video, you just to step on your own. You just grew which was cool enough. Your voices were perfect. You guys made up like no one complained like you look good, you were singing your asses off. Right? But have you ever, have you ever seen any of our live shows? Okay, if you haven't back in the day, my brother marty. Mhm. It was all over the stage all the time. And I know this had a lot to do with the choreography thing because remember Suzanne de Passe and Berry Gordy saying like, this just don't add up. Well what we've hit how we rehearsed, no matter what kind of choreography we got, marty would step out of the choreography and come up to the edge of the stage all the time and start kicking his legs around doing karate. I'm spirit. It's no secret. You all you do is watch some old footage, you'll see it. And uh when I was a thing in the eighties and it's like, it's okay so much for the choreography, he would do it all the time. And James, randi buddy, we're looking at over and then next thing I know he's standing next to me and I'm I'm seeing it so I'm like, yeah, I'm so glad you said that because I have part, what are you doing about it? But if you feel smart way, okay, slide confession. I have part two. To that question I was going to ask the second part unless you answer the first part. The second part was definitely your brother marty was known to do some crazy No. Well, remember one thing about what he does his homework? No, twice, twice marty I have two clips of marty where he will whatever. Like okay, there's a party wearing a pink shirt and the oldest love cover on the album cover. It could be yeah, that's him. Whatever. He's right in the middle. Yeah, I knew that he was wearing. Yes, that's marty. Okay. You got it. I just want to get everybody, you know? But there's there's uh there's uh forget what song it was. It wasn't you? Where it was a song where it has a guitar so little in it and it wasn't you wear it? Well, it might have been uh baby once you come quick, but he took this like Hendrix esque guitar solo without without a guitar strap at that. So even then I was like, wow, he's doing that without a guitar strap but he was like on his knees, on his back and everything. You guys were two stepping like during your regular to step thing, whatever. But in my mind, I was like, wow, he's really going over the top with his guitar solo. Like really means this shit. But yeah, when it comes to being nice about it, right? But in concert, were you guys doing like, was it like that as well? I totally forgot that when we did the Baby Face episode, he told us that you guys opening for Luther and when The Deal was on the road with you guys, that that was your your your shows were incredible in his in his words, that they were incredible. But I was basically asking about marty like, did he always do those over the top solos in concert as well? Every show. Every each and every company every time we and um wow if mm it was amazing because he would always say that he wasn't gonna do it no more and then we'll do it, we have to have meetings about it. Group meetings. Seriously. Alright. Listen that.
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