Sep 052010
 

from WET

written by Bobby Darin & Murray Kaufman

Released in 1979, “Wet” was another platinum seller on Barbra Streisand’s long string of hit albums. “Wet” reached #7 on Billboard’s chart fueled by the massive success of the superstar’s #1 duet with Donna Summer entitled “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).” That hit single was arranged by newcomer Greg Mathieson who also arranged a couple other tracks on the album.

David Foster, who was already a fixture on Streisand’s previous albums as a keyboard player, also appeared on “Wet” playing and arranging a rock/dance version of Bobby Darin’s classic, “Splish Splash.” Both Mathieson and Foster were part of the new wave of talented session players who were making the transition to producers/arrangers and who would conquer the music charts with their works in the eighties.

“Splish Splash” is a feel good number with the usual top notch vocal by Streisand well-supported by strong back-ups courtesy of Bobby Kimball, Tom Kelly and Bill Champlin who arranged the vocals with Foster. The track has a catchy disco beat mixed with a rock overtone given by Steve Lukather’s powerful guitar and Tom Scott’s burning saxophone. A special mention among the other songs included on the album is “Come Rain Or Come Shine,”  an elegant cover wonderfully arranged by Mathieson with Larry Carlton’s guitar in the spotlight


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Lead Vocals: Barbra Streisand
Piano: David Foster
Bass: Neil Stubenhaus
Drums: Ed Greene
Electric Guitar: Steve Lukather
Saxophone Solo: Tom Scott
Clavinet: Jai Winding
Background Singers: Bobby Kimball, Bill Champlin & Tom Kelly

Arranged by David Foster
Vocals Arranged by David Foster & Bill Champlin
Produced by Gary Klein


Lyrics

Splish splash I was taking a bath
Long ago a Saturday night
A rub-a-dub, just relaxing in my tub
Thinking everything was alright
And when I stepped out the tub
Put feet on the floor, I wrapped the towel around me
And I opened up my door and than
Oeh, Splish splash! I jumped back in the bath
How was I to know there was a party going on?
How was I to know there was a party going on? Yeah yeah!
Bing bang I saw the whole gang
Dancing on my living-room rug
They’re getting high, they walk round the spa
Shaking like they’re taking a drug
So I put on the jacket and roll up the wine
Turned the music louder than I turned off my mind,
And than oh!
Splish, splash the old man in the bath
Don’t get wet and have a good time, I said now
Don’t get wet and have a good time. Yeah yeah!
I was splishing and splashing
I was rolling and strolling
I was moving and grooving
I was reeling with feeling
Sniffing, sliding, siding, gliding
Moving, grooving, rolling strolling
Sure to love to splish and splash with you
Sure to love to splish and splash with you
How was I to know there was a party going on
How was I to know there was a party going on
Sure to love to splish and splash with you
Sure to love to splish and splash with you
Come on, don’t be silly
Stop that!
Oh, you’re crazy
Sure to love to splish and splash with you
Sure to love to splish and splash with you
It’s getting hot…