Unlike the funk and R&B that characterized most of Kool & the Gang's work, "Misled" is a catchy pop gem with an excellent guitar hook. Additionally, the video is the perfect stealthy Halloween type that we love at ERV. From the creepy guys in robes to the Indiana Jones-inspired later scenes, the whole thing is steeped in pure 1984 awesomeness. The ghostly white dancer and that amazing blue jacket round out the major characters in the video.
The song ended up being a big hit, and reached #10 on the charts, which surprised us. To be fair, the 1984 Emergency LP also spawned "Fresh" and "Cherish," so it isn't as if there wasn't a lot of Kool on the radio back in the day. However, we don't remember seeing the video on MTV, which is kind of a shame.
While Kool & the Gang did have a few hits after "Misled," they had mostly faded from view by the late 1980's. However, they remain active in the industry as of this writing.