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Inner Circle are a Jamaican reggae group. The group was originally called The Inner Circle Band and formed in 1968. The band achieved major success in the 1970s with Jacob Miller as their lead singer, but split up after his death in 1980. They reformed in 1986 and had a major hit with the 1987 song "Bad Boys", which serves as the theme song for the long running Spike (formerly Fox Network) television program COPS.  They are also well known for their song "Sweat (A La La La La Long)," a big hit in the U.S. in the early 1990s. The band is known for blending pop and rock with reggae.

The band was formed in 1968 by the brothers Ian and Roger Lewis with then 12-year-old Stephen "Cat" Coore and Michael Cooper.  They appeared on record in 1970, backing The Chosen Few on the Derrick Harriott-produced single "Why Can't I Touch You", with the Inner Circle Band credited with the instrumental version on the B-side; This was one of several singles on which they backed the Chosen Few.[2] In 1970 the band was expanded when they were joined by drummer William Stewart, percussionist Irvin "Carrot" Jarrett, and singer William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke.  The band played on Eric Donaldson's hit single "Cherry Oh Baby" and recorded their own version as "Red Cherry".

Jarrett left the band in 1972, with singer Clarke leaving the following year when he moved to New York. Clarke's replacement was Milton "Prilly" Hamilton, but this line-up was short-lived as the band split in two with Coore, Cooper, and Hamilton leaving to form Third World in 1973.  Coore and Cooper were then students of the University of the West Indies, studying for various degrees[citation needed] and were soon joined in Third World by fellow Inner Circle departees Clarke and Jarrett. Meanwhile, Inner Circle re-tooled the lineup by recruiting keyboard players Charles Farquharson and Bernard Harvey (aka "Touter"), as well as drummer Calvin McKenzie as a replacement for Stewart (who would also go on to play with Third World).[2] The band played the hotel and club circuit in Kingston, playing a mixture of reggae, pop and soul hits, and released their first album, Dread Reggae Hits, in 1973 on Ian Lewis's Top Ranking label.
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The song was covered by the American reggae/pop band Big Mountain in 1994, reaching number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart  and number 2 on the UK Singles Chart (being kept off the top spot by "Love is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet). Their version achieved major worldwide success, reaching the top ten in many countries across Europe. Their version is featured on the soundtrack for the 1994 movie Reality Bites. In the film itself, Michael Grates (played by Ben Stiller) explains the origins of the Frampton song.
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Games People Play


"Games People Play" is a song written, composed, and performed by American singer-songwriter Joe South, released at the end of 1968, that won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Song and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

"Games People Play" is a protest song whose lyrics speak against various forms of irresponsibility, hatred, hypocrisy, inhumanity, and intolerance in both interpersonal and social interactions between people. The song was released on South's debut album Introspect and as a single, reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also a No. 6 hit in the UK in 1969 and won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Song and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

The distinctive guitar in the opening is played on a Coral electric sitar,  which can be seen in a video recorded to support South's album "Introspect." Concurrent with South's version of the song on the pop charts, Freddy Weller, guitarist for Paul Revere and the Raiders, released a country version of the song in 1969 as his debut single; this rendition reached No. 2 on the country charts.
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Sweat (Alalalalalong)


"Sweat (A La La La La Long)" is a song by the Jamaican reggae fusion band Inner Circle. It was released in August 1993 as the lead single from their album, Bad to the Bone.

The song achieved a great success particularly in Europe, where it was a top ten hit in many countries, including Austria, Ireland, Norway and Sweden. It topped the charts of Switzerland and Germany respectively for six and twelve weeks. It was also a hit in Australia and New Zealand where it reached number 2 and number 1. It reached number 3 in the United Kingdom and number 16 in the United States. The song was also ranked number 94 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 1993.
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