“Cars” is a 1979 song by UK artist Gary Numan, and was released as a single from the album The Pleasure Principle. It reached the top of the charts in several countries, and today is considered a new wave staple. In the UK charts, it reached number 1 in 1979, and in 1980 hit number 1 in Canada two weeks running on the RPM national singles chartand rose to number 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Though Numan had a string of hits in the UK, “Cars” was his only US Top 40. It debuted on the American Top 40 on 29 March 1980, and spent a total of 17 weeks in the AT40. “Cars” was released under the ‘Atco’ label, with the catalog number of 7211.
The song was the first release credited solely to Gary Numan after he dropped the band name Tubeway Army, under which name he had released four singles and two LPs, including the number one UK hit “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?”, and its parent album, Replicas. Musically, the new song was somewhat lighter and more pop-oriented than its predecessors, Numan later conceding that he had chart success in mind: “This was the first time I had written a song with the intention of ‘maybe it could be a hit single’; I was writing this before ‘Are “Friends” Electric?’ happened.”
The original UK single was released in August 1979, backed with a non-album instrumental track called “Asylum”. The US B-side was “Metal”, from The Pleasure Principle album. The track has been a UK Top 20 hit for Numan in 3 successive decades: on its original release in 1979 (making number 1); in 1987 as the ‘E Reg Model’ remix (making number 16); and again in 1996 following its use in an advertisement for Carling Premier beer (number 17). Numan has regularly performed the song on stage since its original release and it appears on all but one of his official live albums to date.
Gregory Oliver Hines (February 14, 1946 – August 9, 2003) was an American actor, singer, dancer and choreographer.
Hines performed as the lead singer and musician in a rock band called Severance in the year of 1975-1976 based in Venice, California. Severance was one of the house bands at an original music club called Honky Hoagies Handy Hangout, otherwise known as the 4H Club. Severance released their debut album on Largo Records (a subsidiary of GNP Crescendo) in 1976. In 1986, he sang a duet with Luther Vandross, entitled “There’s Nothing Better Than Love”, which reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard R&B charts.
The hit single was followed up in 1988 with Gregory’s self-titled debut album. All tracks on the album were co-written by Luther Vandross and included vocal contributions by some of the most talented singers in the industry including Luther, Cheryl Lynn, Cissy Houston, Darlene Love, David Lasley, Lisa Fischer, Fonzi Thornton and Tawatha Agee.
The album yielded two singles (three if you include “There’s Nothing Better Than Love” released two years earlier), “That Girl Wants To Dance With Me” and “You Need Somebody”.
“That Girl Wants To Dance With Me” was remixed by Jellybean for the 12″ single release.
That Girl Wants To Dance With Me (Long Version) 7:09
That Girl Wants To Dance With Me (Dub) 6:19
That Girl Wants To Dance With Me (Instrumental) 5:10
The Valentine Brothers were an American recording act in the late 1970s and 1980s, comprising brothers John and William “Billy” Valentine. One of their biggest hits, as singers and songwriters, was “Money’s Too Tight (to Mention)”, which reached no. 41 in the R&B chart in 1982 and was later recorded with greater worldwide success by Simply Red.
The brothers were born in Columbus, Ohio. Billy Valentine performed as a singer with Young-Holt Unlimited in the mid-1970s, before joining with his brother John to begin performing as The Valentine Brothers in 1975. Starting in 1977, they began a three-year stint as part of the touring company of The Wiz musical.Their first self-titled album was issued by Source Records in 1979, and their second album, First Take in 1982, featured the single “Money’s Too Tight (to Mention)”, written by the duo and produced by Bobby Lyle.The record spent 14 weeks on the Billboard R&B chart, reaching no. 41.
After the success of the Simply Red version of “Money’s Too Tight (to Mention)” in 1985, the Valentine Brothers version was revived in 1988 with a new remix and the original 1982 mix on the flip side.
William Orbit (born William Mark Wainwright, 15 December 1956) is an English musician, composer and record producer. In the early 1980s he formed synthpop act Torch Song with Laurie Mayer and Grant Gilbert. In 1987 he released the first of his Strange Cargo album series, containing ambient music.
Towards the end of the 1990s Orbit started to work with bigger name artists, producing songs on Ray of Light and Music by Madonna, 13 and Think Tank by Blur and Saints and Sinners by All Saints. His work with Madonna led him to win three Grammys. He worked again with Madonna on her 2012 album MDNA producing six songs.
Orbit was the first album by William Orbit released in 1987, prior to the first Strange Cargo album released the same year. While all of his later solo albums are predominantly instrumental, this album consists mostly of songs with lyrics, with vocals performed by Peta Nikolich.
William has described the Orbit album as ‘far from his best’ and has suggested that listeners save their money for something else unless they are collecto-maniacs. Orbit has been deleted since the mid Eighties but was re-released without his permission in digital form by IRS Records.
The first single from the Orbit album was “Feel Like Jumping” which was backed with an extended edit of album track “Blue Street” for the UK 12″.
“Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up” is a song written, produced and recorded by Barry White for his second album, Stone Gon’ (1973). In June 1973, it was released as the first single in the United States and reached number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. In Europe, it was issued in early 1974 and peaked at number fourteen on the UK Singles Chart.
In 1987, the track was remixed by Paul Hardcastle and released on the Club label in the UK and the Mercury label in Europe. Hardcastle was cedited with remixing, reproducing and providing additional overdubs.
Never, Never Gonna Give You Up (Mammoth Mix) 7:17
Never, Never Gonna Give You Up (Extended Version) 5:42
Carl Bean (born 1944) is the founding prelate of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement,a liberal protestant denomination that is particularly welcoming of lesbian, gay and bisexual African Americans. Before founding the first church of the denomination, the Unity Fellowship Church, Los Angeles, in 1975, Bean was a Motown and disco singer, noted particularly for his version of the early gay liberation song “I Was Born This Way” in 1977.
In 1982 Bean became an activist, working on behalf of people with AIDS. Bean’s autobiography, I Was Born This Way, came out in 2010.
In 1986 “I Was Born This Way” was treated to special remixes courtesy of Shep Pettibone and Bruce Forest who supplied the “Better Days Version” and the “Club Mix”. Boyd Jarvis & Timmy Regisford provided the mix on the flip side.
French Kiss was a one-off single by Le Foxxe, written and produced by Mitchil Bechet with vocals by Janice Christie who released a series of singles and an album on the Supertronics label during 1984 to 1987.
French Kiss was remixed for the TSR label by Frank Poulton and Michael Bona.
Aleem are a sibling duo of identical twin brothers Taharqa Aleem and Tunde Ra Aleem who scored several hits in both the R&B and Dance markets.
Tunde-Ra (keyboards, vocalist,) and Taharqa (guitar, vocalist) began their careers working, traveling and socializing with such icons of rhythm & blues as Big Mabelle, Bobby Womack, Sam Cook, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Clarence “Blowfly” Reid. They then learned the inner workings of the music industry through their close association and friendship with Harlem legend Fat Jack Taylor, owner of the infamous independent label Ro-Jack Records. They would later establish the famous “Harlem World Club” with Taylor, which was ground-zero for a large number of musicians and acts.
The early 80’s found the Aleems forming their own independent label, NIA Records, which would secure their place in black music history, both as producers and music business executives, as well as performers and writers. They recorded several big independent hits for NIA as the Fantastic Aleems and their song “Hooked On Your Love” showcased Luther Vandross’s first recorded work as their backup singer. In this initial period of Nia records, the brothers released a number of early rap songs and artists, such as the Captain Rock series and a duo known as Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jeckyll was Andre Herrell, who 10 years later founded UpTown Records and then would, for a short time, become CEO of Motown Records after Uptown was folded into the Polygram organization.
Many of the Aleem singles on the NIA Records featured vocals by Leroy Burgess including the 1985 hit “Confusion” which was written, produced, arranged and mixed by the Aleem brothers. In 1986 “Confusion” was remixed by Frank Poulton & Michael Bona for the TSR label and released in the classy sleeve you see below.
Sheryl Lee Ralph (born December 30, 1956) is an American actress, singer, and activist.
Ralph began her career on the stage and was nominated in 1982 for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls. In 1984, Ralph released her only album In the Evening, in which the title track hit peaked at #6 on the BillboardDance Music/Club Play Singles chart that same year.
The second single to be released from the album was “You’re So Romantic” which reached #37 on the US Club Play Chart and #84 on the US R&B Charts.
These remixes on the TSR label are by Frank Poulton & Michael Bona . TSR also went with a sleeve which was obviously aimed at the male DJ and actually had no relation to the artist at all, more of these gems from TSR coming soon.
TSR stands for “TrendSetteR in the Dance Music Scene”. A German dance-label focussed on livesets and megamixes of American radio stations. In the 80′s TSR also released exclusive extended mixes of dance hit singles, sometimes in retro 70′s type sleeves with nude models. Over the next four days, four of the best TSR remixes will be posted including hits by Aleem, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Le Foxxe but first we have Donna Allen.
Donna Allen is an American dance pop singer, born in Key West, Florida, and raised in Tampa. At one point a cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, she got her start performing in the bands Hi-Octane,Trama and Maxx. During her tenure with MAXX she was courted by Alan Walden (Capricorn Records/Hustler Productions) before launching a solo career.She also sang backup on tour for Gloria Estefan for nine years. Her first disc was the Lou Pace-produced 1986 album, Perfect Timing, and over the next few years she launched several hits on the US Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play chart. She had two Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart with “Serious” (1987, #8) and “Joy and Pain” (1989, #10).