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Friday, October 19, 2007

Garbage - Push It

"Push It" was written and recorded at Smart Studios during the 1997 sessions for Version 2.0. released in 1998. It became a worldwide hit in the spring of 1998, preceding the long awaited second album from the group. Its success was in no doubt helped by being accompanied by one of the darkest, original and one of the most award-nominated video clips of that year. This track is a dark, schizophrenic track with an industrial techno edge, "Push It" delved into the psyches of two frustrated lovers trying to sort themselves out.

This song contains an interpolation of 60's Californian band the Beach Boys "Don't Worry Baby" and 1990s act Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It".

They originally sampled the actual Beach Boys vocal track, but it wouldn't work with the song, so Shirley re-sung the lyric. After debating whether to keep the line, they sent a tape to Brian Wilson, who gave them permission to use the sample, and also said he liked the song and asked if he could keep the tape.

Taken from the original 12" single
Push It (Victor Calderone Club Mix) - 7:20
Song charted on July 11, 1998. Spent 13 weeks on the chart and reached #5

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Soccer - Dancin' Game / Give Me Your Love

Soccer was a studio group assembled by producers Angelo Venuto And Tony Valor. Tony originally charted in 1976 with The Tony Valor Sounds Orchestra.

In 1979, Soccer first recorded for Salsoul records, then switched to Roy B in 1980. They first chart hit on the dance disco chart was Come And Get It On. That was followed up by todays post. Both songs were listed as on entry, by Billboard magazine, since both sides of the 12" recieved considerable club play. Enjoy Soccer

Taken from the original 12" single on Roy B Records 2509
Dancin' Game - 5:07
Give Me Your Love - 6:44
Both songs charted on May 31, 1980. Spent 6 weeks on the chart and reached #73

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Mike & Brenda Sutton - Don't Let Go Of Me

The husband and wife team of Mike & Brenda Sutton hail from LA and first worked together as staff writer and singers for the Motown label in the early 70's.

Mike was discovered by Stevie Wonder and during their time with Motown, they wrote for Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Thelma Houston and Jerry Butler. In 1978 both were a member of the group Finished Touch which recorded for Motown.

After their stint with Motown, they continued to write and produce for Detroit Spinners, Anita Pointer and Cheryl Lynn. Then in 1981, they performed and recorded for SAM records. They first charted with "We'll Make It" and followed that up with today's post.

Although they are now separated, Mike worked with Brenda on a solo project in 2002.

Song taken from the original 12" single on SAM 12351
Don't Let Go Of Me - 6:52
Song charted on September 25, 1982. Spent 9 weeks on the chart and reached #37

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Lil' Mo' Yin Yang - Reach

This group is a duo of electronic producers Little Louie Vega And Erick Morillo. Before they collaborated on this track, Little Louie Vega released Ride On The Rhythm in 1991. Vega was also a member of Masters At Work.

After this release, Morillo released and charted with his own solo track, Jazz It Up, as Erick Morillo Project in 1996. He was also a member of Reel 2 Real.

This is the only the time the two charted as a duo. This song eventually reached #1 on the dance disco chart.

Taken from the original 12" single on Strictly Rhythm 32380
Reach (Little More Mix) - 7:50
Song charted on October 21, 1995. Spent 15 weeks on the chart and reached #1