Boney M. is coming to Chicago and you should be excited. Even if you have no idea who Boney M. actually is, there’s a good chance you know all the words to a bunch of their songs.
You see, when you were young, around Christmas time, It’s a Wonderful Life was on your TV, mom had a turkey roasting in the oven and Boney M. was playing everywhere. They were on in your dad’s car, on at the mall, at the community centre ice rink, all your neighbours’ turntables, on at the … you get the idea!
Miraculously, the reggae-inspired ensemble managed to release a half-dozen Christmas compilations between 1981 and 1998. Songs like “Little Drummer Boy”, “Zion’s Daughter” and the two-pronged disco-carol sensation “Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord” quickly became synonymous with the holiday season. The rest of the year, you’d still hear “Daddy Cool”, “Rivers of Babylon/Brown Girl in the Ring” and, of course, their monster smash hit “Rasputin”, inspired by a Turkish folk song “Kâtibim”, that was on repeat all summer – igniting the dancefloor at every wedding you attended.
The legendary Boney M. formed in West Germany in 1976, the weirdest place and time in human history, so you know they’re great. They look like you shot ABBA out of a Bootsy Collins cannon and sound like The Famous Jamaican Choir and had a love child with Kraftwerk – silky, effective, Euro-Caribbean soul! The R&B outfit have sold over 150 million records and, 40 years on, they are still going strong! - By Trevor Campbell