We Want Some Pussy

Summer 1987, I had moved back to England to start grade-11 highschool. I went to Tower Records London which was a huge multi-level building by itself at the heart of Piccadilly Circus, London. Down in the huge basement was nothing else but 12-inch records of all genres — a heavenly section for disc-jockeys and music collectors. And that was where I’d finally found a copy of this limited edition release by The 2 Live Crew. I had been looking for this record since January 1987. As a matter of fact, I’d been looking for any 12-inch release of We Want Some Pussy since 1986. Sometime in early 1987, I  heard a remix of We Want Some Pussy at  the legendary Twilight Zone nightclub (located in the attic/roof above a coffee shop) on Bloor Street,  Toronto, Ontario; and since then I was unsuccessful in finding the 12-inch record …… until ….. of course … when I moved back to England more than six months later where I found the last remaining copy of the limited edition. I took the bus home to Rutland Court, Knightbrigde, opened the door to the flat, rushed to the stereo and put the needle to the record …. anxiously wanting to hear the track’s (Liberty City Long Hard) remix. And it sure did blow me away ………… so much better than the original or Classic Dance versions. Harder drum beats from Roland TR-909 (also more 909 wikipedia info here) drum-machine, killer bassline with nice dance/club melody, sampled rock-guitar stab-hits in various pitches/notes and other sweet elements floating on top.

The 2 Live Crew – “We Want Some Pussy” (Liberty City Long Hard Mix)…

Artist: The 2 Live Crew
Title: We Want Some Pussy (Liberty City Long Hard Mix)
Year: 1987
Label: Luke Skywalker Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

The 2 Live Crew – “We Want Some Pussy” (Liberty City Long Hard Mix) (mp3)

 

The 2 Live Crew – “We Want Some Pussy” (The Original Classic)…

Artist: The 2 Live Crew
Title: We Want Some Pussy (The Original Classic)
Year: 1987
Label: Luke Skywalker Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

The 2 Live Crew – “We Want Some Pussy” (The Original Classic) (mp3)

 

Tower Virgin record store london

Virgin record store, where Tower Records used to be in the same building in Piccadilly Circus, London.

This is one super sick track that defined the true meaning of techno-electro hiphop. Drum machine tight beats, rolling mechanical techno bassline, synth zip-zaps, reverse-then-slap-forward claps, synth pads, vocal erotic samples, synthetic scratching samples, really sweet processed orchestra stabs/hits, and serious rhymes. 808 Beats stands on its own plateau. Although The Unknown DJ raps about his 808 drum machine, but the drum machine sounds in this track aren’t from a Roland TR-808 at all …. not even close; but my best guess would be that they come from Oberheim DX or DMX.

The Unknown DJ – “808 Beats”…

Artist: The Unkown DJ
Title: 808 Beats
Year: 1984
Label: Techno Hop
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

The Unknown DJ – “808 Beats” (mp3)

 

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The original version of this track was released in 1986, which sounded musically OK, even though its production quality was lo-fi, but overall it lacked oomph and excitement. When 1987 came around, MARRS released it’s internationally mega smash-hit Pump Up The Volume which used the vocal sample/snippet “Pump up the volume” from Eric B. & Rakim‘s original version of I Know You Got Soul. Millions of people wondered who and from where did that sample come from, and, thus giving unprecedented exposure, attention and credit to Eric B. & Rakim. Because of MARRS, a new remix of I Know You Got Soul was just around the corner …. and here it is! This remix was in the top-10 British and European music charts and in the top-70 North American charts.

It should also be noted that it was ColdCut‘s smash-hit remix of Paid In Full (in late 1987) which brought really catapulted Eric B. & Rakim‘s to the top of the mainstream British and North American music charts. Read full article here.

Eric B & Rakim – “I Know You Got Soul” (The Double Trouble Remix)…

Artist: Eric B & Rakim
Title: I Know You Got Soul (The Double Trouble Remix)
Year: 1987
Label: 4th & Broadway
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Eric B & Rakim – I Know You Got Soul (The Double Trouble Remix) (mp3)

 

DJ Eric Barrier (left) and MC Rakim Allah (Right).

Captain Rock - Cosmic Blast 01

I’m a very huge fan of Captain Rock’s preschool hiphop. I have all of the very few 12-inch records he’d released between early and mid 80′s. What I love about this track is the hard-hitting, reverb-gated kick and snare from a drum-machine.  The synth bassline is very thick and stabby, punching it’s low-frequency melody on top of the kick/snare, thus  adding extra beef in-between and around the beats. There is also a cosmic and high-pitched syncopated synth element which serves as the main upper-layered second melody – super nice icing on the cake, driving the track along with the bassline underneath. The human-beatboxing is incredibly breathy, groovy and not over the top; there are no Fat-Boy-esquehee-haw, haw-hah” beatbox vocals.  It’s somewhat a futuristic-sounding hiphop. Really good production. No messing around, no bullshit.

I’ve managed to gather little information about him from another site:

His real name is Ronnie Green. Captain Rock was an underground fixture in the early 80′s. Captain Rock was produced by Aleem (Taharqa & Tunde-ra Aleem) on NIA. He appeared at the [Street Sounds] UK Fresh Fest 86 where he allegedly striped down to his thong on stage. Several of his tracks include “Captain Rock to the Future Shock”, “House of Rock”, and “Cosmic Glide”. Before being Captian Rock he was Dr Jecyll and Mr Hyde’s live dj from their period in the Harlem World Crew.  He was known as DJ Ronnie Green. The only record he wrote the lyrics for was “Cosmic Blast.” The Cosmic Crew didn’t exist longer than the time it took to make the record “Cosmic Blast”. They were The Aleems, Dr Jeckyll + Mr Hyde, Scratch Al-D and Marley Marl. He was a referee for NCAA Division 3 basketball in the late 80′s and early 90′s. He’s also run a youth program in New York City, for underprivileged kids. He still keeps in touch with several artists including Mr Hyde, Aleem Brothers and Marley Marl.

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Captain Rock – “Cosmic Blast”…

Artist: Captain Rock
Title: Cosmic Blast
Year: 1984
Label: NIA Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Captain Rock – “Cosmic Crew” (mp3)

 

Captain Rock – “Cosmic Blast” (Dub)…

Artist: Captain Rock
Title: Cosmic Blast (Dub)
Year: 1984
Label: NIA Records
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Captain Rock – “Cosmic Crew” (Dub) (mp3)

 

What a gem this track is. Summer 1988 …. What’s On Your Mind comes out …. one of my all-time favorite retro electropop tracks by Information Society. The Latin Rascals did killer job in editing the club-mix version, and by such editing (especially in the breakdown) was very difficult to do at that time when there was no Protools; the only digital-audio multitrack recording/editing that could be done at that time was on very expensive proprietary systems such as the Synclavier (also read my other blog post here) or Fairlight CMI. It’s amazing how this track still stands the test of time. Brilliant production nonetheless. A lot of gating and stuttering effects. Automation wizardry.

Information Society – “What’s On Your Mind” (Club Mix)…

Artist: Information Society
Title: What’s On Your Mind (Club Mix)
Year: 1988
Label: Tommy Boy
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Information Society – “What’s On Your Mind” (Club Mix) (mp3)

 

Information Society – “What’s On Your Mind” (What’s On Your Dub Mix)…

Artist: Information Society
Title: What’s On Your Mind (What’s On Your Dub Mix)
Year: 1988
Label: Tommy Boy
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Information Society – “What’s On Your Mind” (What’s On Your Dub Mix) (mp3)

 

Information Society – “What’s On Your Mind” (The 54 Mix)…

Artist: Information Society
Title: What’s On Your Mind (The 54 Mix)
Year: 1988
Label: Tommy Boy
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Information Society – “What’s On Your Mind” (The 54 Mix) (mp3)

 

Information Society – “What’s On Your Mind” (Pure Energy Mix)…

Artist: Information Society
Title: What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy Mix)
Year: 1988
Label: Tommy Boy
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Information Society – “What’s On Your Mind” (Pure Energy Mix) (mp3)

 

Information Society – “What’s On Your Mind” (Percapella)…

Artist: Information Society
Title: What’s On Your Mind (Percapella)
Year: 1988
Label: Tommy Boy
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Information Society – “What’s On Your Mind” (Percapella) (mp3)

 

musto & bones

Tommy Musto and Frankie Bones collaborated on this track back in 1990. It was successful in the club and radio/mainstream charts all over North America (USA & Canada) and Europe (mainly UK, France, Germany). Good buzzy bassline. 4/4 house groove. Hip/Rap House with huge emphasis on the the club-sound.

Musto & Bones – “Dangerous On The Dancefloor” (Club Remix)…

Artist: Musto & Bones
Title: Dangerous On The Dancefloor (Club Remix)
Year: 1990
Label: Citybeat/Beggars Banquet; Indisc
Media Source: Extracted directly from audio maxi-CD single.

Musto & Bones – “Dangerous On The Dancefloor” (Club Remix) (mp3)

 

Musto & Bones – “Dangerous On The Dancefloor” (Dub Mix)…

Artist: Musto & Bones
Title: Dangerous On The Dancefloor (Dub Mix)
Year: 1990
Label: Citybeat/Beggars Banquet; Indisc
Media Source: Extracted directly from audio maxi-CD single.

Musto & Bones – “Dangerous On The Dancefloor” (Dub Mix) (mp3)

 

Lyrics…

I know a girl by the name of Rita
light skinned Puerto Rican, I call (MIRA)
the way she moves i can’t ignore
shes a porno flick on the dance floor

twistin churnin drips of sweat
a little bass thump, rita’s wet
once she’s thru fellas flock to her
girls (CLAP) while the beat just rocks her side to side
the beat goes boom
the new jack is up sayin give me some room
once again rita’s ready a smile on her face
the crowd breaks north givin rita space
big butt movin’ (In A) strokin’ pattern
the crowd made a circle like the ring around saturn
as for the new jack he just consumed
his body mutilated like he just been chewed

she’s dangerous on the dance floor x4

huff puff (BLOW) down the house
the latin in satin make the big butt bounce
swing left to right and right to left
the video venus dont miss a step
she wears leather and lace, a skirt made of satin
you like her, ya love her, (To) love the loose latin
on and on she’ll never stop
its party time an she wants to rock
one by one her buttons drop
little wiggle in the middle
no more top
the bassline (THUMPS), rita jumps
she humps pumps (AND) bumps those chumps
fellas flock (THERE) 3 or 4
2 of em leave cant take no more
always ready rita’s (RATED) triple x
on the dance floor shes havin sex
takin em on two at a time
her lips her hips (AND) her big behind
what’s this (FRENCH KISS) ‘excuse me miss’
rita’s not havin it
‘but i insist either bust a move or move your butt’
your breasts your chest or your big ol butt

back to rita and the dance floor porn
shakin it shakin it all night long
keep it up dance
how long can u last?
the tempo’s fast
shake that ass
move it move it every position
flow go, no intermission
the crowd is drawn
fellas droolin
girls can you do what rita’s doin?
ho style loose n wild
her style (MEANWHILE) youll smile at (YOUR F.M.) dial

she’s dangerous on the dance floor

guys stop to watch the x-rated dance
some (ASHAMED BY THE STANCE) in (THEIR) pants
your heart stops, mouth drops, pulse is weak
pant like a dog from the body heat
she wore butt huggers
they were snug as a bug
my advice to the brothas
wear Jimmy (IN CLUBS)
no one can chill cuz they all attracted
to her over the shoulder boulder (HOLDER)
strapped (ON) her back end
back to reality back to life
back to the (FEATURE OF FRIDAY NIGHT)
hurt me hurt me (WORDS TO THE WISE)
people cant party its no surprise
dont slip dont trip just hold yer grip
she’s rita go see her she’s fully-equipped
goin round n round
up and down
stompin her feet
against the ground
guys eyes glued to her thighs
(ROCKED WITH THIGHS) 9 inches high
the latin in satin some call (A) stripper
shoulda zigged but ya zagged
and ya broke ya zipper
always ready ritas ready givin ya more
shes not at ya local video store

she’s dangerous on the dance floor

bass’s (FELT) bouncin off the wall
rita wont (DROP) cuz she’s havin a ball
this urban queen rules the hip house scene
lean mean full of steam
breakin all back standin on the block
in the middle of the dance floor youll get rocked
rita’s rugged
leave her alone
she get you on the bone
send you home
porno flick her performin’ art
on the mark rita’s ready to start
move smooth in the groove
rita will prove she’s in the mood
dirty (DANCIN) she does it best
6 feet under is where you’ll rest
6 and 9 on (HER) behind
just like fine wine she improves with time

from dawn to dusk she’ll do it all night
i hope u can see her this friday night
but if you cant dont get uptight
(YO SUPERIOR NOISE ON IT )with the mic at night
crank it crank it pump that bass
rita’s wearin leather n lace
big butt swingin from left to right
drippin n strippin on a friday night
she rita go see her
light skinned mira
times runnin on your meter
so meet her, Rita
move me move me rita moans
dont dance alone work it to the bone
if youre lucky she’ll take ya home
to (HER) penthouse apartment (OR HER CRIB IN ROME)
feel the s&m
on your fm
if you can’t see her
where have you been?
it’s a groove me move me movie
starring rita and her booty
yours truly
P.C.P.
who could ask for more
she’s dangerous on the dance floor

she’s dangerous on the dance floor x4

Tommy Musto - Wired - Beat Drum

I remember this track being different from all the rest. Tommy Musto raised the bar when it came to hard, punchy, rolling melodic bassline in this track which blends 4/4 House-beat and Freestyle elements. Although the date printed on the 12-inch says 1987, this track was originally released in 1986. The record you see in the picture above is a 1987 re-issue.

Tommy Musto :: Wired – “To The Beat Of The Drum” (Crash Version)…

Artist: Wired [Tommy Musto]
Title: To The Beat Of The Drum
Year: 1987 (really 1986)
Label: Underworld; Creole
Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

Wired [Tommy Musto] – “To The Beat Of The Drum” (Crash Version) (mp3)

 

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