Blondie is an American rock band founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The band was a pioneer in the early American new wave and punk scenes of the mid-1970s. Its first two albums contained strong elements of these genres, and although successful in the United Kingdom and Australia, Blondie was regarded as an underground band in the United States until the release of Parallel Lines in 1978. Over the next three years, the band achieved several hit singles including “Call Me”, “Atomic” and “Heart of Glass” and became noted for its eclectic mix of musical styles incorporating elements of disco, pop, rap, and reggae, while retaining a basic style as a new wave band.
In January 1981, “Rapture” was released as the second and final single from the album Autoamerican. The song reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it stayed for two weeks. The song peaked at #4 in Australia and #5 in the United Kingdom.
“Rapture” is a combination of disco, funk, and hip hop with the rap section forming an extended coda. The song title “Rapture” served to indicate this element. While it was not the first single featuring rapping to be commercially successful, it was the first to top the charts. Its lyrics were especially notable for namechecking hip-hop pioneers Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash.
Other than the original remixes from 1981, the first official remix of “Rapture” can be found on the 1988 compilation album Once More into the Bleach. The album contained the Teddy Riley extended 6:58 mix and a 2:22 Bonus Beats mix.
The German 12″ single featured a 3:48 single mix and a 7:18 dub version by Teddy Riley, the 12″ also added a 3:28 single mix of Denis by Dancin’ Danny D which also only appeared on the album in an extended version.
Roderick David “Rod” Stewart, CBE (born 10 January 1945) is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of English and Scottish ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide.
He has had six consecutive number one albums in the UK, and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the top 10, six of which gained the number one position. He has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2007, he received a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music.
Stewart moved to a more new wave direction in 1980 by releasing the album Foolish Behaviour. The album produced one hit single, “Passion”, which proved particularly popular in South Africa (reaching no. 1 on the Springbok Top 20 Charts and Radio 5 Charts in early 1981). It also reached No. 5 on the US Billboard Charts. In August 1981, MTV was launched in the US with several of Stewart’s videos in heavy rotation.
Siouxsie and the Banshees were an English rock band formed in London in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin. Initially associated with the English punk rock scene, the band rapidly evolved to create “a form of post-punk discord full of daring rhythmic and sonic experimentation”. The Times cited Siouxsie and the Banshees as “one of the most audacious and uncompromising musical adventurers of the post-punk era.”
Siouxsie and the Banshees covered the Iggy Pop classic “The Passenger” in 1987 for their all-cover-versions album Through the Looking Glass. The group revamped the song by adding brass arrangements. Released as the second single from that album, it peaked at number 41 in the UK singles chart.
Iggy Pop praised their version and stated : “That’s good. She sings it well and she threw a little note in when she sings it, that I wish I had thought of, it’s kind of improve it […]. The horn thing is good.”
Hugh Ramopolo Masekela (born 4 April 1939) is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer. He is the father of American television host Sal Masekela.
He has played primarily in jazz ensembles, with guest appearances on recordings by The Byrds (“So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” and “Lady Friend”) and Paul Simon (“Further to Fly”). In 1984, Masekela released the album Techno Bush; from that album, a single entitled “Don’t Go Lose It Baby” peaked at number two for two weeks on the dance charts. In 1987, he had a hit single with “Bring Him Back Home”, which became an anthem for the movement to free Nelson Mandela. A renewed interest in his African roots led Masekela to collaborate with West and Central African musicians, and finally to reconnect with Southern African players when he set up with the help of Jive Records a mobile studio in Botswana, just over the South African border, from 1980 to 1984.
“Brinh Him Back Home” was edited and remixed by Arif Mardin, Joe Mardin and Michael O’Reilly.
Warp 9, a science fiction themed electro-funk and hip hop trio, best known for their influential singles “Nunk,” “Light Years Away,” and “Beat Wave,” ranks among the most iconic groups of the electro hip hop era. Described as the “perfect instance of hip hop’s contemporary ramifications,” Warp 9 was the brainchild of writer-producers Lotti Golden and Richard Scher. The duo wrote and recorded under the moniker Warp 9, a production project at the forefront of the electro movement.
Warp 9 evolved from a studio concept into a band, as Golden and Scher added personnel to embody their vision of electro. Drummer Chuck Wansley and percussionist Boe Brown were invited to perform the male vocals and rhymes on first single “Nunk”, along with vocalist Ada Dyer who performed the vocals and rhymes on the second single, “Light Years Away.”
Golden & Scher created the group’s sound using the Roland TR-808 drum machine as the basic rhythm track, building multiple layers of synth and keyboard textures. Rob Fitzpatrick, describes “Light Years Away” as “a cornerstone of early 80’s afrofuturism,” a stark and “brilliantly spare and sparse piece of electro hip-hop, LYA traversed inner and outer space, matching rolling congas with vocoder voices and the hiss and sizzle of cutting edge synth and drum machine technology.”
The final single released from Warp 9’s first album was “No Man Is An Island” which was written, produced and mixed by Golden and Scher with the 12″ single featuring a Morales & Munzibai dub version.
Hot Chocolate are a British funk band popular during the 1970s and 1980s, formed by Errol Brown. The act had at least one hit every year between 1970 and 1984 inclusive, and their song “You Sexy Thing” made the Top 10 in three decades.
It was in the disco era of the mid-1970s that Hot Chocolate became a big success. A combination of high production standards, the growing confidence of the main songwriting team of Wilson and Brown, and tight harmonies enabled them to secure further big hits such as “You Sexy Thing” and “Every 1’s a Winner”, which were also U.S. hits, peaking at #3 (1976) and #6 (1979), respectively. “Every 1’s a Winner” featured a distinctive distorted guitar riff by Harvey Hinsley using a Roland GR-500. After Wilson’s departure for a solo career, that included a 1976 album I Like Your Style, Brown assumed songwriting duties.
In the wake of a successful remix of “You Sexy Thing” in 1987 by Ben Liebrand, another of Hot Chocolate’s biggest hits was given the Liebrand remix treatment. Although “You Sexy Thing” managed to go to #10 on the UK charts, “Every 1’s a Winner” would only rise to #69.
Kevin “Sugar Daddy” Woodley began his career as a rapper and disc-jockey at John Jay College radio station, WJJC, in New York. While in college “Sugar Daddy” landed a gig as the house disc-jockey for Laff’s, a prominent New York nightclub where he befriended one of the club’s nightly promoters, Russell Simmons. Their love of music fostered a relationship both professional and personal, and Simmons began to manage “Sugar Daddy”. Simmons introduced Sugar Daddy to his brother then known as “DJ Run”. Under Simmons management Sugar Daddy released the rap version “Another One Bites the Dust”. Sugar Daddy and “DJ Run” began doing local shows, however Sugar Daddy’s love of music was focused on the turntables, not the stage.
While spinning at a prominent nightclub, Gotham’s New York, Sugar Daddy was approached by a young club owner who was looking for a disc jockey with a name and a following to play at a new nightclub, Bentley’s. Sugar Daddy accepted the gig and began breaking emerging R&B and hip hop acts from the tri-state area. Several clubs considered rap music taboo but being reared in the Bronx during the origin of hip hop Woodley understood the music as an emerging culture and embraced it. Sugar Daddy quickly coined Bentley’s the premiere club in New York for R&B and hip hop music”.
Reigning as one of New York’s premiere disc-jockeys Sugar Daddy was praised for being the first DJ to play & break several records including Run DMC’s “Rock Box”, Keith Sweat “I Want Her”, Guy “Groove Me”, Howard Johnson “So Fine” and Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam “Take You Home”.
Electric Universe was the thirteenth studio album by Earth, Wind & Fire, released on Columbia Records in November 1983. It was produced by the band’s leader Maurice White for Kalimba Productions, and went to number 40 and number 8 on the Pop and R&B album charts.
“Magnetic” was the first single released from Electric Universe, written by Martin Page (We Built This City, King Of Wishful Thinking). The single reached #10 on the Black Singles chart, #36 on the Club Play charts and #57 on the Pop singles chart.
“Magnetic” was remixed by John (Jellybean) Benitez for the 12″ single release.
“Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes off You)” is a song by English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. The song is a medley of covers of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, the 1960s single by Frankie Valli, though in an arrangement informed by the 1981 disco version of the song by Boystown Gang rather than the original. The song accompanied “How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously?”, the third single from their 1990 album, Behaviour, as a double A-side in the UK (both singles were released separately in the U.S.). Released in March 1991, this song was the band’s fifteenth consecutive Top 20 hit in the UK, peaking at #4 on the UK Singles Chart. The band have said that they thought the guitars in the original sounded similar to a sequencer.
In the liner notes for the album Discography: The Complete Singles Collection, the Pet Shop Boys stated that they wanted to turn “a mythic rock song into a stomping disco record.”
The David Morales 12″ Dance Mix Edit comes from a French promo 12″ that was limited to 300 copies.
Where The Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You) (12″ Dance Mix – Edit) 6:30