Class Action Featuring Chris Wiltshire ‎– Weekend (1983)

Class Action and Phreek were disco and post-disco musical projects. The original Phreek comprised Christine Wiltshire, Leroy Burgess, Patrick Adams, Stan Lucas and others. Class Action was directed by Larry Levan and featured Christine Wiltshire as vocalist. Both groups are best known for their club hit, “Weekend”, written by James Calloway and Leroy Burgess. The 1983 version was remixed by Morales and Munzibai and Larry Levan and produced by Bob Blank and Lola Blank.

The song “Weekend” was originally recorded on Atlantic Records by Patrick Adams’ studio group Phreek of which Wiltshire was a member. The song was heavily played by Larry Levan yet it was commercially unavailable so it did not enter any charts. In the early 1980s, William Socolov, the co-owner of Sleeping Bag Records, invited Levan to make a new version of “Weekend”. It became more successful than the original version, peaking at No. 54 on the British pop chart and No. 9 on the Billboard Dance chart.

Weekend (Vocal)                                                       9:38

Weekend (Dub)                                                         8:34

Weekend (Vocal) (Larry Levan Mix)                             8:21

Weekend (Acapella)                                                  3:03

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Pure Energy ‎– Love Game (1983)

Pure Energy was an American disco and post-disco music group best known for their various club hits such as “You’ve Got the Power”, “Breakaway” and “Love Game”. The band comprised Curtis Hudson, Lisa Stevens, Raymond Hudson, and Wade Hudson.

Two members of the group, Curtis Hudson and Lisa Stevens, also wrote a song titled “Holiday”, covered by Madonna in 1983.

The group first signed to Prism Records in 1980 to record a disco and R&B- influenced eponymous album which spawned two singles, namely “Party On” in 1980 and “You’ve Got the Power” in 1982.

In 1982, the group released “Breakaway” and “Too Hot” which entered the Billboard Dance charts, both written by Raymond Hudson, Curtis Hudson, and Lisa Stevens.

In 1983, they recorded two Italo disco-influenced boogie songs, “Spaced Out” and “Love Game”. Although not charted, Billboard magazine listed “Spaced Out” among its Top Single Picks in the “recommended” section.  The second song, however, peaked at number #30 on the Billboard Dance chart.  “Love Game” was remixed by Morales and Munzibai.

Love Game                                           7:14

Love Game (A Love Dub)                       6:48

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Three Million ‎– I’ve Been Robbed (1983)

“Odds & Ends” consisted of Wanda (December 29, 1952) and Larry Butler (January 31, 1951), and Jim Grant (August 26, 1955). Originally from Dorchester, GA, the youngsters sang in school and church before moving to Philadelphia when Wanda, aka Doll, was 13.

Philly’s fast-talking disc jockeys Sonny “the Mighty Burner” Hobson and Jerry “the Geater with the Heater” Blavatt fascinated the Southern teens. Naturally talented, they formed Doll and the Odds & Ends and worked up some secular songs.
Robert Hawes assumed the managerial duties after observing them perform at family gigs. Hawes got the ears of Bobby Martin and Thom Bell; an audition followed, and soon the group signed with Today Records as Odds & Ends.

In the late ’70’s Mark King replaced James Grant and they recorded with United Artists as Unity, and after that as Three Million on Cotillion.

The first single by Three Million was “I’ve Been Robbed” which was mixed by John Morales & Sergio Munzibai.

I’ve Been Robbed (Vocal)                                                 9:38

I’ve Been Robbed (Instrumental)                                       5:55

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The Parachute Club ‎– Rise Up (1983)

“Rise Up” is a pop song recorded by the Canadian group Parachute Club on their self-titled 1983 album. It was produced and engineered by Daniel Lanois, and written by Parachute Club members Billy Bryans, Lauri Conger, Lorraine Segato and Steve Webster with lyrics contributed by filmmaker Lynne Fernie.

An upbeat call for peace, celebration, and “freedom / to love who we please,” the song was a national hit in Canada, and was hailed as a unique achievement in Canadian pop music.

According to Segato, the song was not written with any one individual group in mind, but as a universal anthem of freedom and equality; Fernie described the song’s lyrics as having been inspired in part by West Coast First Nations rituals in which young girls would “rise up” at dawn to adopt their adult names as a rite of passage.

It remains the band’s most famous song, and has been adopted as an activist anthem for causes as diverse as gay rights, feminism, anti-racism and the New Democratic Party. As well, the song’s reggae and soca-influenced rhythms made it the first significant commercial breakthrough for Caribbean music in Canada.

The song’s first ever live public performance took place at the 1983 Toronto Pride parade. In 2014, the surviving band members released a contemporary dance remix of the song in conjunction with Toronto’s hosting of the 2014 edition of WorldPride.

Rise Up (Remix)                                         6:50

She Tell You                                               5:05

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Kat Mandu ‎– The Break (Remix) (1980)

Denis LePage and Joe La Greca were behind Kat Mandu, a Canadian disco group. Their first album included the disco classic “The Break”, which was so popular it continued to be played well into the 1980’s and was remixed several times. This was originally issued in the US on T.K. Disco records although the original release was on Canada’s Unidisc records.


Denis LePage would go on to form synth music outfit Lime with wife Denyse LePage.

The instrumental 12″ single vinyl record called “The Break” was successful and peaked at number three on the disco chart.

The Break (Remix)                                               12:36

The Break (Original Version)                                 10:30

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Wanda Dee ‎– Blue Eyes (1986)

Lawanda McFarland (Wanda Dee) grew up in the Bronx, New York. Her mother is Freda Payne, a jazz and pop singer who worked with Duke Ellington, Berry Gordy and Quincy Jones, while her aunt is Scherrie Payne of The Supremes. While still a teenager, she became the first female hip hop DJ as the protégée of hip hop DJ Kool Herc, who gave her the stage name “Wanda Dee”. She was eventually introduced to Afrika Bambaataa, who inducted her into his Universal Zulu Nation. Alongside of her boyfriend/business partner, rapper Richard Sisco (“Sisco Kid”), she appeared in Beat Street, a 1984 film about the hip hop sub-culture produced by Harry Belafonte. Wanda and Sisco’s relative success – she received many offers to go on tour while he did not – contributed to the pair breaking up. At the time, Wanda had already met Eric Floyd, her future husband and manager.

Floyd encouraged her to switch from the turntables to the microphone and in 1986, she released her first single, “Blue Eyes”, produced by British hit factory Stock Aitken Waterman.

Blue Eyes (7″ Radio Edit)                               2:43

Blue Eyes (Instrumental)                                5:18

Blue Eyes (Extended Dance Mix)                   5:18

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Janice McClain ‎– Smack Dab In The Middle (1979)

Janice McClain is an American R&B singer, who signed to MCA Records in the 1980s. She scored a chart hit on the US R&B chart with the single “Passion & Pain”.

Internationally acclaimed, has travelled around the world as a professional vocalist and songwriter for over twenty years. At the age of 15, McClain was signed to Warner Bros. Records, which yielded a disco hit single entitled “Smack Dab in The Middle”, that reached number 2 in the Billboard Club Play chart.

She is a native Philadelphian, who attended the High School for Creative and Performing Arts. Later on McClain went to Atlantic City to audition for a spot at Trump Plaza, and she was hired along with her band, Tapestry. Patti Labelle became her mentor, and arranged a recording contract for McClain with MCA Records. McClain has opened for the Commodores and James Brown.

“Smack Dab In The Middle” was mixed by the legendary Larry Levan.

Smack Dab In The Middle                                       6:48

Smack Dab In The Middle (Instrumental)                  4:27

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Chas Jankel ‎– Glad To Know You (1981)

Charles Jeremy Jankel (born 16 April 1952, Stanmore, England) professionally known as Chaz Jankel, is a musician best known as the keyboard player and guitarist with Ian Dury and The Blockheads. He was co-writer with Dury of the band’s best-known songs during its commercial peak in the late 1970s.

As a member of the group Jonathan Kelly’s Outside, Jankel helped record the album …Waiting on You released in early 1974. First hooking up with Dury as part of the pub group Kilburn and the High-Roads in the early part of the 1970s, Jankel was asked by Dury to join his new outfit, and appeared on such Dury releases as 1977’s New Boots and Panties and Blockheads releases such as 1979’s Do It Yourself, before leaving the group. But in 1981, Jankel teamed up once more with Dury (sans the Blockheads), for the release Lord Upminster, which spawned the U.S. Top 40 dance hit “Spasticus Autisticus.” But by this time, Jankel had become more interested in pursuing a solo career and he issued several releases for A&M such as 1980s self-titled debut, 1981’s Chasanova and Questionnaire (the latter of which contained the U.S. dance hit “Glad to Know You,” a collaboration with Dury, plus the MTV video hit of the title track).

Quincy Jones had a UK chart hit with his version of Ai No Corrida which reached #14 in April 1981.

Glad To Know You                                        6:40

3,000,000 Synths                                         6:27

Ai No Corrida                                               9:10

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Wang Chung ‎– Don’t Let Go (Extended Remix) (1984)

In late 1982, Huang Chung returned to the studio to start work on their second album for Arista Records. However, their manager David Massey convinced Arista to close their contract with Huang Chung, and instead placed the band with American label Geffen Records, making the group the second UK-based act to be signed to Geffen worldwide after Asia (not counting then-New York-based John Lennon in 1980).

At this juncture, and at Geffen’s suggestion, the band changed their name to Wang Chung, allegedly to make pronunciation easier for English-speakers. (This explanation of the group’s name change is consistent with the claim by VH1’s Pop Up Video that they changed it because people kept calling them “Hung Chung”.) At the same time, Nick Feldman and Darren Costin opted to be billed under their real names; only Jack Hues would keep his pseudonym.

The band spent most of 1983 recording their second album, Points on the Curve. Released in January 1984, the album yielded two moderately successful hits, “Don’t Let Go” (No. 38 US) and “Dance Hall Days” (No. 16 US, No. 21 UK).

Don’t Let Go (John Luongo Extended Remix)                 7:11

Ornamental Elephant                                                   3:57

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Kid Creole And The Coconuts ‎– I’m A Wonderful Thing (Baby) (1982)

Kid Creole and the Coconuts is an American musical group created and led by August Darnell. Its music incorporates a variety of styles and influences, in particular “American and Latin American, South American, Caribbean, Trinidadian, Calloway” and conceptually inspired by the big band era. The Coconuts are a glamorous trio of female backing vocalists whose lineup has changed throughout the years.

Their debut album Off the Coast of Me was critically well-received but not successful commercially. The second release Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places was a concept album matched with a New York Public Theater stage production; it received rave reviews, and Darnell was recognized as a clever lyricist and astute composer, arranger and producer. By the second album they were accompanied by the Pond life horn section Charlie Lagond, Ken Fradley and Lee Robertson as well as lead Guitarist Mark Mazur. They performed “Mister Softee” on Saturday Night Live during their promotional tour for the album. The album charted briefly, and subsequently Coati Mundi’s early Latin RAP “Me No Pop I”, though not originally on the album, became a Top 40 UK hit single.

Their breakthrough came with 1982’s Tropical Gangsters, which hit #3 in the UK and spun off three Top 10 hits with “Stool Pigeon”, “Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy” and “I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby”. “Dear Addy” also made the Top 40. In the US the album was retitled Wise Guy and reached #145, and “I’m a Wonderful Thing, Baby” flirted with the R&B charts.

I’m A Wonderful Thing (Baby)                     5:16

Table Manners (Remix Version)                  5:02

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