Flashback Friday: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s ‘Good Vibrations’ Turns 25

Mark Wahlberg's '90s anthem celebrates its 25th anniversary this month.

It may be hard to believe, but this month marks the 25th anniversary for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s classic hit “Good Vibrations.”

The ’90s jam was the lead single off of the group’s debut album Music for the People, which dropped in July 1991. After hitting the airwaves, the song quickly became a summertime anthem while its music video introduced the MTV generation to Mark Wahlberg and his rock hard abs.

Amir Quadeer Shakir, also known as “M.C. Spice,” wrote “Good Vibrations” along with Mark and his older brother Donnie, who had become a pop sensation in his own right with New Kids on the Block. The catchy tune also features a sample of the song “Love Sensation” by Loleatta Holloway, who can be spotted singing the chorus in the music video.

In many ways, the song was the genesis of Mark’s pop culture takeover as it led to more albums both with and without the Funky Bunch, a high profile Calvin Klein modeling gig, and eventually snowballed into a successful Hollywood career.

While the lyrics are pretty ridiculous even by ’90s standards, “Good Vibrations” continues to be a popular tune that still gets people grooving whenever it comes on.

The song recently enjoyed some renewed interest thanks to its hilarious inclusion in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s 2013 film Don Jon.

The tune has earned some viral fame as well for this cute video of a Boston Terrier dancing along to the music.

Although there’s been interest in seeing Marky Mark reunite with the Funky Bunch for another “Good Vibrations” performance over the years, the Boston street-tough turned actor hasn’t really been into the idea of revisiting his hip-hop past. He even once told Inside the Actors Studio that his least favorite word is “Marky Mark.”

However, Mark seems to have changed his tune in recent years and was nearly coaxed into a reunion for the concert to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Unfortunately, he had to turn down the gig due to a scheduling conflict, but the star did leave the option open for a return in the future.

“Maybe at the right time and the right thing for a good cause or for fun,” Mark said at a press conference in 2013. “But I don’t miss it that much.”

Maybe for the 50th anniversary of “Good Vibrations?” Fans can only hope.


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