The boogie was originally played on the piano in boogie-woogie music and adapted to guitar. Boogie-woogie is a style of blues piano playing characterized by an up-tempo rhythm, a repeated melodic pattern in the bass, and a series of improvised variations in the treble. Boogie woogie developed from a piano style that developed in the rough barrelhouse bars in the Southern states, where a piano player performed for the hard-drinking patrons. Wayne Schmidt remarks that with boogie-woogie songs, the "bass line isn't just a time keeper or 'fill' for the right hand"; instead, the bassline has equal importance to the right hand's melodic line. He argues that many boogie-woogie basslines use a "rising/falling sequence of notes" called walking bass line.
Boogie is a compilation album of both previously released and unreleased tracks by the American band The Jackson 5. It was released after the release of the Jacksons studio albumDestiny in 1979. Boogie is considered the rarest of all Jackson 5 or Jacksons releases, as not many albums were pressed and fewer were sold at the time.
Five of the seven songs are unpublished productions by Hal Davis; some are in the line of "Pride and Joy" on "Joyful Jukebox Music" as "I Was Made To Love Her" and "Love's Gone Bad". The sweetness of "One Day I'll Marry You", following the sessions for "Never Can Say Goodbye", might have its place in albums like Maybe Tomorrow and Got to Be There. "Oh, I've Been Blessed" is produced by Bobby Taylor, recorded in the early beginnings of Motown group. "Penny Arcade" is the vein of Lookin' Through the Windows.
Boogie meets Marcia at a bar, the girlfriend of the mafia Boss Sonny Calabria, who asks him if he finds her attractive. Boogie points that she is fat in a very rude manner, and leaves. Some time later Calabria is sent to trial, threatened by the existence of a mysterious witness who could incriminate him. Calabria's people try to hire Boogie to kill that witness, but as he requests too much money they decide to hire Blackburn instead, a competitor killer. Angered by the situation, Boogie decides to kidnap the witness to force Calabria to pay him. The witness was Marcia, who had changed into a thin figure after Boogie's criticism, causing Calabria to leave her and get together with another fat woman, as he preferred fat women. Marcia falls in love with this seeming hero, despite his constant violence and lack of feelings, until she finds out his true plans. She tries to escape from him, but Boogie captures her back and negotiates giving her up to Calabria.