GOOD VIBRATIONS by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch featuring Loleatta Holloway

November 14, 2022

Long before Mark Whalberg became an internationally known actor, he was a member of a nineties pop-rock group called Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. This band was part of a pop-rock and rap fusion that also included groups like DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. The eighties and early nineties witnessed the origins of the cultural connection between rap and pop culture as hip-hop became a dominant music genre.

People who only know about Whalberg from his acting career might be surprised by his connection to another pop-rock group of the eighties. Some might even be surprised that Whalberg almost turned into a lifelong criminal, a product of serious teenage delinquency that almost killed a man. A 45-day jail sentence at 16 turned his life around, and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch came to be out of those mistakes.

Fun Facts:

  • Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch formed in the early nineties with Marky Mark  Whalberg as the frontman.
  • The Funky Bunch was a DJ and a small group of dancers who performed while Marky Mark strutted around the stage, rapping.
  • “Good Vibrations” was released in July 1991. It was the lead single from the band’s debut album, Music for the People
  • Marky Mark loved taking his clothes off during performances.
  • His older brother, Donnie Wahlberg, was a founding member of New Kids on the Block.
  • Donnie produced the Funky Bunch’s only two albums: Music for the People (1991) and You Gotta Believe (1992).
  • Their first album went platinum, but the second bombed.
  • The two hit singles – “Good Vibrations” and “Wildlife” – reached numbers 1 and 10 on the Billboard Charts.
  • “Good Vibrations” ranked #43 on Buzzfeed’s 101 Greatest Dance Songs of the ‘90s list. 

Lyrics 

Yeah

Can you feel it baby

I can too

Come on swing it

Come on swing it

Come on swing it

Come on swing it

1 – 2 – 3 – now we come to the pay off

It’s such a good vibration

It’s such a sweet sensation

Yo it’s about that time

To bring forth the rhythm and the rhyme

I’m a get mine so get yours

I wanna see sweat comin’ out your pores

On the house tip is how I’m swinging this

Strictly hip hop boy I ain’t singing this

Bringing this to the entire nation

Black, white, red, brown

Feel the vibration

Come on come on

Feel it feel it

Feel the vibration

It’s such a good vibration

It’s such a sweet sensation

Vibrations good like Sunkist

Many wanna know who done this

Marky Mark and I’m here to move you

Rhymes will groove you

And I’m here to prove to you

That we can party on the positive side

And pump positive vibes

So come along for the ride

Making you feel the rhythm is my occupation

So feel the vibration

Come on come on

Feel it feel it

Feel the vibration

It’s such a good vibration

It’s such a sweet sensation

Donnie D break it down

Donnie D’s on the back up

Drug free so put the crack up

No need for speed

I’m anti d-r-u-g-g-i-e my

Body is healthy

And rhymes makes me wealthy

And the funky bunch helps me

To bring you a show with no intoxication

Come on feel the vibration

Yeah

Can you feel it baby

I can too

It’s such a good vibration

It’s such a sweet sensation

Now the time has come for you to get up

The rest had you fed up but yo I won’t let up

On the rhythm and rhyme thats designed to

Make your behind move to what I’m inclined to

Pure hip hop no sell out

If you ain’t in it to win it

Then get the hell out

I command you to dance

I wanna see motivation

Come on now feel the vibration

It’s such a good vibration

Come on come on come on

Its such a sweet sensation

Feel it feel it

It’s such a good vibration

It’s such a sweet sensation

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