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.
McClain has since been a backing vocalist for Denise Williams, Hall and Oates, George Clinton and Linda Ronstadt. As the newest member of the Philly Party Band, McClain is one of the four lead vocalists.
“Passion And Pain” was remixed by David Todd and Nick Martinelli.
Alexander Robotnick (a.k.a. Maurizio Dami) is an Italian electronic musician. He made his debut on the Italian music scene as the founding member of Avida, a dance-cabaret band featuring Daniele Trambusti and Stefano Fuochi.
In 1983 he attained international popularity with his track “Problèmes D’Amour”, published first by the Italian label Materiali Sonori and then by Sire-WEA. “Problèmes D’Amour” went on to become a “cult track” of dance music. In 1984 he joined “Giovanotti Mondani Meccanici” a multimedia-oriented group and composed soundtracks for theatre works, videos and video-installations. He also composed soundtracks for films and theatre works by Italian directors such as Alessandro Benvenuti, Antonio Climati, Marco Mattolini, and Marco Risi.
The 1985 US Promo of “Problèmes D’Amour” was edited by Bruce Forest.
“White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It)” is a hip-hop-funk song by Melle Mel, released as a 12″ in 1983 on Sugar Hill Records. The song, which warns against the dangers of cocaine, addiction, and drug smuggling, is one of Melle Mel’s signature tracks. The bassline is sampled from a performance of the Sugar Hill house band (featuring bassist Doug Wimbish) covering “Cavern”, a single by post-punk band Liquid Liquid.
When originally released on Sugarhill, the record was credited to Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel (some international issues also carried the same credit). This was done to mislead the general public into believing that Grandmaster Flash participated on the record, when in fact he played no part and had already left the Sugar Hill Records label the previous year.
“White Lines” peaked at No. 47 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart in 1983. The song fared better in the United Kingdom, reaching number 7 on the UK Singles Chart in July 1984, spending 17 consecutive weeks in the top 40. It was the 13th best-selling single of 1984 in the UK, selling more than several number one hits that year.
The song was co-written by Melle Mel and Sylvia Robinson. Originally, it was intended to be an ironic celebration of a cocaine-fueled party lifestyle, but it was abridged with the “don’t do it” message as an anti-cocaine song as a concession to commercial considerations.
The UK 12″ single from 1984 featured a new remix by Mastermind Herbie
White Lines (New UK Master Mix By Mastermind Herbie) 6:24
Klymaxx is an American all-female band created and founded by drummer and singer Bernadette Cooper. Cooper after college created the all-girl band. She also created the name ‘Klymaxx’. Klymaxx’s uniqueness is due to the all-girl band’s ability to play instruments, and their sound was influential because of its comedic, women power theme. Klymaxx’s original members are (vocalist, drummer, founder) Bernadette Cooper, (vocalist) Lorena Porter (Stewart), (guitarist) Cheryl Cooley, (keyboardists ) Lynn Malsby, (keyboardists) Robbin Grider and later after the band signed to Solar records (bassist/ vocalist) Joyce Irby, was added to the band .
After their second Solar album in 1983, the group switched to the MCA-distributed Constellation label for Meeting in the Ladies Room. It featuring their first hit “The Men All Pause” (penned by Bernadette Cooper and Joyce Irby) and marked the beginning of their success. Griffey chose as their third single the 1985 hit “I Miss You” (penned by Lynn Malsby) which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and at #1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart. “I Miss You” remained on the Hot 100 chart for 29 weeks, a long chart run at the time, and good enough to rank it as the third-biggest-selling song of 1986, ahead of several songs that went higher in the top 10. The album also featured the hits “The Men All Pause” and “Meeting in the Ladies Room”. 1986 saw the release of “Man Size Love” (which was written by Rod Temperton “Thriller”) from the Running Scared motion picture soundtrack. The following year, this song was included on their self-titled Klymaxx album, which went on to provide more hits.
Louil Silas Jr. provided the Man Size mixes on the 12″ single.
The Reddings was an American funk, soul and disco band, founded by Otis Redding’s sons Dexter (bass and vocals) and Otis Redding III (guitar) together with Mark Lockett (drums, keys, and lead vocal).
Their most well-known songs include “Remote Control” (1980) / “Doin’ it” / “Funkin On The One” / “Class (Is What You Got)” (1981) / “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” (1982) / “Hand Dance” (1983) and “The Awakening” (1980), a bass-drums-duet which is often performed live by Les Claypool (Primus) and on his album Highball with the Devil.
Their album The Reddings was released on November 26, 1988, and reached a peak position of #88 on the US Billboard album chart. It featured a hit single “Call The Law,” which reached peak position of #16 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles Chart on November 26, 1988.
“Call The Law” was remixed by Timmy Regisford for the 12″ single.
John Benitez (born November 7, 1957), also known as Jellybean, is an American drummer, guitarist, songwriter, DJ, remixer and music producer of Puerto Rican descent. He has produced and remixed artists such as Madonna, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and the Pointer Sisters.
Benitez scored two pop hits in the U.S. in the 1980s from music produced and released under the Jellybean moniker: “Sidewalk Talk” (US #18), written by Madonna and featuring Catherine Buchanan; and “Who Found Who” (US #16), featuring Elisa Fiorillo. He has, however, placed nine songs in the Top Ten of the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including three number ones. Other vocalists that have performed on a Jellybean release include Adele Bertei, Richard Darbyshire and Niki Haris. His 1984 cover of Babe Ruth’s “The Mexican” (for which he recruited the vocals of its original singer, Janita Haan) is regarded as a pivotal moment in the electro-hip hop underground scene, and was his first number-one single on the Hot Dance Music/Club.Play chart.
Janice Christie fronted female soul funk vocal trio “Wild Sugar” who released the single “Messin’ Around / Bring It Here” in 1981. Wild Sugar were Fatback’s backup singers and dancers and collaborated with the band throughout the 1980’s. Bill Curtis & Gerry Thomas of Fatback produced and co-wrote the track “Bring It Here” which was later sampled in the Beastie Boys hit “Brass Monkey.”
Janice began her solo career in 1984 with the release of the single “My Love Is Money”, this was followed by “One Love” (1985) and “Heat Stroke” (1986). The album “Heat Stroke” was released in 1987
The single “Heat Stroke” was written and produced by Peter Lord (The Family Stand) and the 12″ single featured remixes by Tony Humphries and Larry Levan.
Anthony and the Camp is a dance music group led by producer Anthony Malloy. The group also consists of Crawford Peterson, Henley Goddard and Linden Aaron. Malloy, who already had a number-one hit on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with his former group Temper, hit the top spot again with the Camp in 1986 with the song “What I Like”.
In 1988, Anthony and the Camp released their sole LP “Suspense” with the title track being released as a single the same year.
The US 12″ single of “Suspense” featured remixes by Larry Levan backed with mixes of “Open (Up Your Heart)” by Anthony Malloy and Blaze.
Phyllis Nelson (October 3, 1950 – January 12, 1998) was an American singer, most famous for her UK chart-topping recording, “Move Closer”. Her son is the singer and record producer, Marc Nelson.
Nelson was born in Indiana. She worked and recorded for several years from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s without achieving much success. Her records were usually dance tracks, and she also recorded numerous records during the disco era.
In 1984, she recorded a self-written ballad entitled “Move Closer”. It was a complete departure from the type of music she had been recording. While “Move Closer” failed to find an audience in her home country, it reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in early May 1985. The song remained on the chart for almost six months, and became one of the highest selling singles of the year.
In the UK, “Move Closer” was followed up with “I Like You” and “Chemical Reaction”, both featured remixes by Shep Pettibone. The real gold here is the B side which was written by Jack Robinson and James Bolden who wrote classic disco era tracks for Tina Charles and Gloria Gaynor.
Total Contrast was a male duo from England, specialising in soul and electro music. Group members were Robin Achampong and Delroy Murray.
In the mid 1980s, they scored several hits on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including “Takes a Little Time,” which hit #1 in 1985. In their homeland, the same song, reached number 17 in the UK Singles Chart. Further releases included “Hit and Run”, a minor hit which reached #41 in the UK in 1985, “The River” which peaked at #44 UK in early 1986, and “What You Gonna Do About It” peaking at #63 in the summer of 1986. The latter track was also featured on the band’s 1986 self-titled album. They recorded on London Records.
They appeared on the Dance Aid single, released in April 1987. Another album, Beat To Beat, was released in 1987. Two singles, “Kiss” and “Jody”, despite being popular on the dance floors, failed to chart.
“Jody” was produced by Steve Harvey and Dancin’ Danny D provided the remixes for this UK 12″ single.