The Gap band was made up of the Wilson brothers (Charlie, Ronnie and Robert) and was named after the streets of their neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street). While they only had two top 40 hits on the pop charts ("Early in the Morning" and "You Dropped a Bomb on Me"), they were mainstays on the R&B charts, where they had 24 top 40 hits.
Although "Burn Rubber on Me" only reached #84 on the pop charts, it was the Gap Band's first #1 hit on the R&B charts. Gap Band III reached #16 on the main charts (also #1 on the R&B album charts), firmly establishing the group as funk stars.
The video is a simple performance piece full of pure funky cowboy wonderfulness.
As we mentioned earlier, the Gap Band remained popular through the 1980's, and continued performing until Robert Wilson passed away (heart attack) in 2010.