Let’s Go All The Way – Sly Fox | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#7) & R&B (#57); 1986

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Gary “Mudbone” Cooper’s session gigs included work with Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Sly of the Family Stone, and, most famously, George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic groups. Michael Camacho’s bar/club musical endeavors were lower in profile.

Enter UK producer Ted Currier, who sensed a commercial opportunity in combining the African-American Cooper with the Caucasian Camacho, and so brought the two together as Sly Fox. “Sly” Cooper composed Let’s Go All The Way as a cry for positivity in a crazy world.

For the record, factory-like crunching sounds emphasized the workaday grind captured in the lyrics, laid over a groove from The Boogie Boys’ 1985 hit A Fly Girl (#6 R&B; 1985). Let’s Go All The Way went nowhere upon initial release, however, caught on in a big way the second time around.

Although Let’s Go turned out to be Sly Fox’ only hit, a cover version by rap duo Insane Clown Posse in 2000 – with modified lyrics – brought it to the ears of a new generation.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Ted Currier

Lyrics Written by:

  • Gary “Mudbone” Cooper