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New York City, New York, United States (1974 – present)

Cameo is a group that was formed in 1974 in New York City, New York, United States. The band’s lineup has constantly fluctuated since its formation, with the only constant being Larry Blackmon, yet they continue to tour to this day. An outlandish, in-your-face stage presence, a strange sense of humor, and a hard-driving sound that criss-crossed a few musical boundaries earned Cameo countless initial comparisons to Parliament/Funkadelic. However, Cameo eventually wore off accusations of being derivative by transcending their influences and outlasting almost every single one of them.

Throughout the and , the group remained up with the times and occasionally crept ahead of them, such that they became influences themselves upon younger generations of R&B and acts. By the time the group’s popularity started to fizzle in the late 80s, a series of hits were left in the band’s wake, ranging from greasy, funky workouts to smooth ballads to swinging synthesized tracks and more. Further separating Cameo from their forebears was the fact that they didn’t have a diaper-clad guitarist. Instead, they had a codpiece-wearing lead vocalist in Larry Blackmon.

Today, the group’s iconic single “Word Up”, released in 1986 from the album of the same time, remains a radio staple. The U.S. Hot Dance Singles and U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart topper has also been famously covered by artists such as the band Gun and the group Korn.

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  • ShockWave3124

    GTA San Andreas that Candy song!!

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • marillano

    Einfach Geil !

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • exeter232

    Oh that's right, there is only "your" version of Word Up! You're (just) Talkin' Out the Side of Your Neck

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • beatogen

    Word Up is 4:21 NOT 6:42

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Theeboon

    Great stuff, the Word Up album makes me think of Outkast.

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • yra543

    А я а я думал world up это песня Korn

    5 Sep 2012 Reply
  • HIV666

    KoЯn хаха, просто лучший комент :)

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • DeathBat1205199

    Korn

    25 Jun 2012 Reply
  • JJMCSPooh

    Secrets of Time!

    8 May 2012 Reply
  • Kiz88

    Suck on my cod piece.

    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • DuVP221

    It's Serious (hey hey)

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Miss-Kei

    Word up!

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Buzzdup

    Yeah I wrote the She's Strange Rap Back in the Day For CAMEO

    26 Jul 2011 Reply
  • lock2stock

    yeah, one more thing: Cameo, please, come to China (or at least Hong Kong)!

    21 May 2011 Reply
  • lock2stock

    awesome. I'll definitely try to contribute, so the band would finally have 1 million plays;)

    21 May 2011 Reply
  • jellian

    I am desperately trying to buy a Cameo tshirt of any kind. If anyone has seen them anywhere, please leave me a shout

    1 Apr 2011 Reply
  • jellian

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    18 Feb 2011 Reply
  • intheluminol

    Word Up!

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
  • justsotrivial

    attack me with your love is by far their best song..

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • MelvinfromHell

    haha, I'm watching the video to "word up" right now for the third time in a row, cause this german music-tv-channel propably got some problem or so.... ;)

    7 Jan 2011 Reply
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