A blog about my favourite movies, music, and TV.

10 April 2008

Salt 'n' Pepa - Gitty Up vs The Brick Track

As The Salt 'n' Pepa Show is one of the best shows on at the moment its only fitting that we celebrate these two! This was their final UK chart entry, a mash-up of their 1998 US single Gitty Up, the lead from their last studio album Brand New, and Pink Floyd's The Wall. This single lead a Greatest Hits package that flopped horribly. The single was a Top 40 hit and got a lot of play on video channels over here. Also included is the original version of Gitty Up and a '99 remix of Push It, remixed by DJ Tonka. Let's hope the girls use their new found exposure to do an album and a tour. The best episode so far was about Pepa's desire to put the duo's name to a new brand of weave! Top telly.

Gitty Up vs The Brick Track (CD Single)

Deni Hines - Joy

This was one of a few singles Deni Hines released in the UK. A national treasure in her native Australia, Deni stormed the UK charts in the late 90's with no less than two Top 40 singles (and a couple of near misses). Amongst them this absolute gem of a track, Joy. As if the original version wasn't brilliant enough, the single features a fabulous club mix by Eric Kupper. This amazing package managed a pretty shabby #47 on our chart, it was also a Top 20 dance hit in America. This should've been massive though, it's absolutely perfect if the crappy weather is getting you down or if you're in the mood for a great pop song.

Joy (Radio Edit & Eric Kupper Mix), 192kbps, mp3, CD rip.

09 April 2008

Donna Summer - I'm A Fire

Donna Summer's first club single from her brand new album Crayons is sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100 Dance/Club Play Chart. This makes her the only artist to ever score #1 hits in the 70's, 80's, 90's, and 00's! Donna has long been a favourite of mine, the first thing I bought with my very first paycheque was a her 2CD Anthology. I am so glad she's enjoying the success she deserves once again. Her first pop/AC single Stamp Your Feet is coming out soon and it is just brilliant. Make sure you legally download the singles if they're available in your country. We want our old divas back!! The album Crayons will be released in May via Burgandy Records.

Here are some of Donna's #1 Dance/Club Hits

1975 - Love To Love You Baby
1976 - Four Seasons Of Love (complete LP)
1977 - Try Me I Know We Can Make It
1978 - I Feel Love / Love's Unkind / I Remember Yesterday / Take Me (EP)
1978 - Once Upon A Time (complete LP)
1978 - McArthur Park Suite
1979 - Bad Girls
1979 - Hot Stuff
1980 - No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (duet with Barbra Streisand)
1994 - Melody Of Love (Wanna Be Loved)
1999 - I Will Go With You
1999 - Love Is A Healer
2008 - I'm A Fire

This Time I Know It's For Real was also a #1 Dance/Maxi Single in 1989.

Check out I'm A Fire (Solitaire Radio Mix) (224kbps mp3)
http://sharebee.com/2383dedf (thanks to mixaholic for this link I 'borrowed')

07 April 2008

Donna Allen - Sweet Somebody

Originally recorded by Shannon of Let The Music Play fame and a minor UK Top 30 hit. This version by Donna Allen is a slightly more soulful and funky take on the track. Donna is perhaps best known for her 1986 hit Serious which was later sampled/covered by Strike on their 90's classic U Sure Do. Sweet Somebody was nowhere near as popular and pretty much bombed on both sides of the Atlantic.

Sweet Somebody (Extended Groove Mix)
224kbps, mp3, vinyl rip

Dionne Warwick - Got A Date

Dionne recorded this dance/pop gem for her How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye album in 1983. Producer Luther Vandross really took Dionne out of her MOR comfort zone on a couple of tracks on this LP and the results were spectacular. This is the 7" Version of Got A Date, which is a shorter edited version of the second single from the LP. While it flopped horribly one can't help but wonder what a whole album of this type of material would've been like. Sadly it's all been drippy duet albums and covers ever since. While How Many Times... is out of print you can get some of it on her 3CD Legends compilation which includes a good selection of her Arista Records material, which of course includes the classic Heartbreaker.

224kbps, vinyl rip, mp3
Got A Date (7" Version)

06 April 2008

Ana - Shy Boys

This girly club track is just too perfect. A nice combination of sweet and rough vocals from the lovely Ana. I found this one for $1.00 on my last Vegas vacation (yes, even on holiday I can't resist a good rummage through the bargain bins). This is the 12" mix by Shep Pettibone. Check out Nasty G's Isle of Deserted Pop Stars if you'd like to hear some more of Ana!

224kbps, mp3, vinyl rip.
Shy Boys (Special 12" Club Mix)

La Toya Jackson Blog

I've rarely been more excited by a blog, Theo's La Toya Jackson French Fan Blog, is perhaps the greatest site in the Blogosphere. I do not even need to know a word of French to appreciate it's greatness, it not only has some funky La Toya cartoons, it also features some seriously sexy photoshopped pictures to delight you. Not since my very own Church of La Toya has such a perfect tribute been made to the thinking man's Jackson!

If you've lived in a cave for the past 30 years, here's one of La Toya's greatest misses, you will not be disapointed.

192kbps, mp3, CD rip
Just Wanna Dance [2004]

Elisa Fiorillo - How Can I Forget You?

With a syrupy sweet debut solo single that would've made Debbie Gibson cringe, Elisa Fiorillo was unleashed onto a mainly disinterested record buying public in 1987. She'd had a big hit with Jellybean Benitez , the fantastic Who Found Who. But sales of this single seemed to show that it was Madonna's hitmaking producer that pop fans were interested in, not poor Elisa. How Could I Forget You crashed and burned and the album sank without trace. In the late 80's being a major flop was no big deal and Elisa recorded a follow up with the help of Prince, which helped line bargain bins in 1990 . Still this makes Ms. Fiorillo no less popular than ever and she now sings jazz and has her own web site. Enjoy this stunning dance mix of How Could I Forget You remixed by Chris Lord-Alge...

224kbps, mp3, vinyl rip
How Could I Forget You? (Dance Mix)

Deborah Harry - Two Times Blue (Clubstar Mix)

The first batch of mixes to one were not up my alley. However, one can always rely on Clubstar, a staple of any AATW Records release in recent years, to produce the goods. This takes Deb's original melancholy rock track and injects it with a the kind of stuff you can only find on Wigan Pier on a Staurday night. This is just amazing, what a relief after the dirge that the Soulseekerz and Stonebridge came up with. The original speed of the vocal is maintained on this one and the results are just stunning. Considering how badly the album, Necessary Evil, has done there is little chance of a proper second single. For me, this mix, is one of the best things to come out of the whole project.

224kbps mp3, CD Rip
Two Times Blue (Clubstar Mix)

Valerie Claire - I'm A Model

I have no idea who Valerie Claire is but when I saw the sleeve to this I just knew it would fit in my collection perfectly. Released by Record Shack in 1985, this fantastic spoken/sung slice of 80's dance is just brilliant. Produced by Harold Faltermeyer, this one should've burned up the dancefloor. It's very reminicent of Murray Head's 'One Night In Bangkok' and is no less catchy. Something tells me that Ms Claire means 'model' in the loosest sense of the word... "I'm a, she's a, m-m-m-model, aha!" You'll be singing this one all day I guarantee it. Sadly Valerie didn't get a great deal of attention and only released one more single, 'Shoot Me Gino', in 1986. If anyone has it send it over...

224kbps, Vinyl Rip
I'm A Model (Special 12" Club Mix)