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
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
“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
“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