Since the Egyptian protests are all over the news lately, I’ve figured why not post some of Egytpian Lover’s oldschool electro hip-hop tracks.  The very first time I’ve heard an Egyptian Lover’s track was back in 1984.  A track titled Egypt Egypt on a DJ-mixed electro/hip-hop compilation record, released by StreetSounds, called Electro-5 on side-A — which is also available on this site. The second track I’ve heard by Egyptian Lover was My House On The Nile on StreetSounds Electro-6, side-B, which is also available on this site. And the third track I’ve heard by Egyptian Lover was Girls on StreetSounds Electro-7, side-A — again, also available on this site. After being exposed to those three tracks between 1984 and 1985, that was when I’ve decided to hunt and collect  as many Egyptian Lover 12″ singles as I could find on the market.  I’ve bought several of his 12″ singles on vinyl back then from Toronto, London and New York.

The Egyptian Lover is Greg Broussard — born on August 31, 1963.  He’s an American musician, rapper, vocalist, producer and DJ from Los Angeles.  Greg Broussard was one of the first men to pioneer the hip-hop/electro sound from LA.  One of his main influences was Man Parrish’s track track Hip-Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop) — whom I’ve also blogged about on this site — so click here to read that article.

With just a Roland TR-808 drum machine among other flagship analog synthesizers and digital samplers, Greg Broussard rocked (and still can rock) the house.

Egyptian Lover – “Egypt, Egypt” (12″ Vinyl)..

Artist: The Egyptian Lover
Title: Egypt, Egypt (12″ Vinyl)
Year: 1984
Label: Egyptian Empire Records

Egyptian Lover – “Egypt, Egypt” (12″ Vinyl) (mp3)

 

Eurythmics are known mainly for a lot of their mainstream releases but not so much for what was supposed to be their first motion-picture soundtrack release –titled 1984– for a movie also with the same title.  Ok, that was a long sentence.  I’ll simplify my point: Eurythmic’s 1984 was the soundtrack for the 1984 movie which was based on George Orwell’s novel:  1984/Nineteen Eight Four. Phew!

Back in 1984, I bought the LP vinyl & cassette of Eurythmics’ 1984, as well as the 7″ and 12″ singles of Sexcrime.  This entire album is actually my very favorite of any Eurythmics’ release.  It has all the synth-pop, electronic elements with Moroder-esque basslines, drum machine polyrhythms, stuttering vocal samples, layers of synth pads, lush sound engineering & mixing, seas of processed reverb and cutting-edge dark-noir feel to it all (with a touch of pop sparkles on top).  It’s pop and SERIOUS at the same time.  Timeless.  Emotional.  Deep.  All in all, 1984 is different in style & sound from Eurythmics’ previous forte, falling somewhere between Peter Gabriel’s Birdy soundtrack and The Art Of Noise.

Play Eurythmics “1984″ LP/Soundtrack…

Eurythmics 1984 Tracks…

  • Track 01 – I Did It Just The Same  (mp3)
  • Track 02 – Sexcrime (nineteen eighty-four)  (mp3)
  • Track 03 – For The Love Of Big brother  (mp3)
  • Track 04 – Winston’s Diary  (mp3)
  • Track 05 – Greetings From A Dead Man  (mp3)
  • Track 06 – Julia  (mp3)
  • Track 07 – Doubleplusgood  (mp3)
  • Track 08 – Ministry Of Love  (mp3)
  • Track 09 – Room 101  (mp3)
  • Review of ’1984′ by DjProject…

    Review by DjProject…

    When Michael Redford set out to make a film adaptation of George Orwell’s well-known dystopia Nineteen Eighty-Four, Sir Richard Branson (Virgin was producing the film) wanted to have a pop act to contribute to the soundtrack. And so he brought onboard Eurythmics (still signed to RCA at the time). Although only a few of the cues were actually use in the theatrical cut and subsequently for laserdisc and DVD they were all but absent from the film (Eurythmics have become “unpersons” =] ), this is a fine alternative soundtrack to the work, both the novel and the film.

    If Eurythmics were known solely for their pop sensibilities, this album would demonstrate their creative talents. The thing that makes this album stand out is the way it’s able to capture the mood and spirit of the world of Oceania. The sound is very modern and accessible to today but there’s a unsettling trait running through the album that compliments a future run by the principles of Ingsoc. Perhaps the best example in this album is “Greetings from a Dead Man.” The percussion makes it very dance-like yet the organ/synth sounds and Anne Lennox’s vocalizing give it a dark quality. This could very well be the first cyberpunk soundtrack =].

    This is perhaps why Michael Redford disliked it so much. He was much in favor with Dominic Muldowney’s orchestral score. While Muldowney’s score is a good traditional film score and points to Orwell’s inspiration (the music is very “social realist” and would fit well with a socialist/communist band’s repertoire), it does very little to really explore and solidify the dark mood of the film. For an example, “I Did It Just the Same” was used (albeit in a slightly different form on the film) when Winston was recounting his encounter with prole prostitute. The rhythm track, the striptease-like synth bass and the other electronic oddities (Anne’s vocalizations were not on the film cue) help to amplify the sexuality in the scene, a verboten idea in the world of “1984.” Muldowney’s score just doesn’t cut it (pun intended).

    While most Eurythmics fans would consider this a curiosity, I think it helps them to be seen as artists in their own right rather than just a pop group who happened to be at the right place at the right time. As for its failed use in the film, all I can say that I’m sorry that Michael Redford failed to see what this soundtrack could have done for the film.

    Hashmoder's "STABBING BASSLINE" Stamp Of AprovalSunday morning, November 14, 2010:   I was walking on Baker Street in Nelson, British Columbia.  All the retail shops were closed except for this particular one which was not supposed’ve been open till 11-am: Urban Legends. I walked in.  Ok, so this store supposedly has over 10,000 new-&-used records.  As I was going through the bin of limited number of 12″ singles, I just happened to find (to my utter surprise and disbelief) this amazing record — unopened and brand spanking new (still wrapped) 12″ single of Dead Or Alive‘s 1985 worldwide hit track You Spin Me Round (Murder Mix). I have been looking for this record since 1987.  I regretted not buying it on 12″ in 1985 when the track was in the charts and stores.  And since then, I’ve searched high and low for it in the Americas, Caribbean and Europe …but no avail.  However, twenty-three years later –of all the places and time in this world & era– there it was in my hands — from a small record store in a small town:  Nelson, British Columbia!  It was meant to happen.  I was supposed to have left Nelson the previous day (Saturday) and driven back home to Vancouver.  I had no reason to stay an extra day in Nelson; I didn’t know why.  When I woke up that Sunday morning, I was craving bacon and eggs.  So I had a good morning brunch at the Hume Hotel. After brunch and full-stomach, I decided to walk-off the heavy meal by window-shopping on Baker Street.  Next thing I know was that I was standing in front of Urban Legends store which was open.  I walked in… less than five minutes later this 12″ was in my hand.  Talk about good KARMA!

    Once I got back home to Vancouver the following Monday, I ran to my studio to play this record.  Oh man… THE BASSLINES.  This is one of Stock, Aitken & Waterman most successful international hits of all time.  There’s a good reason why this track still stands the test of time.  Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Murder Mix) receives my Stabbing Bassline Stamp-Of-Approval.

    Dead Or Alive – “You Spin Me Round” (Like A Record) (Murder Mix)…

    Artist: Dead Or Alive
    Title: You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Murder Mix)
    Year: 1985
    Label: Epic Records
    Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

    Dead Or Alive – “You Spin Me Round” (Like A Record) (Murder Mix) (mp3)

     

    Music Dead Or Alive – “You Spin Me Round” (Like A Record)…

    Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F (Extended Version)…

    Artist: Harold Faltermeyer
    Title: Axel F (Extended Version)
    Year: 1985
    Label: MCA Records

    Harold Faltermeyer – Axel F (Extended Version) (mp3)

     

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    StreetSounds Electro-5  (Side A)…

    Title: Electro-4 (Side A)
    Mixed by: Bunny Rock Inc. Featuring DJ Maurice and DJ Noel
    Year: 1984
    Label: StreetSounds
    Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

    StreetSounds Electro-5  (Side A) (mp3)

     

    Tracklisting

    • A1: Great Peso & Mr. Nasty – “It’s Time To Rock”
      Produced by Aldo Marin & O. Rodriguez
    • A2: Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde – “Fast Life”
      Produced by Kurtis Blow
    • A3: Knights Of The Turntables – “Techno Scratch”
      Produced by Jim Callon
    • A4: Egyptian Lover – “Egypt Egypt”
      Produced by Egyptian Lover
    • A5: Arthor Baker – “Breakers Revenge”
      Produced by Arthur Baker

    StreetSounds Electro-5  (Side B)…

    Title: Electro-5 (Side B)
    Mixed by: Bunny Rock Inc. Featuring DJ Maurice and DJ Noel
    Year: 1984
    Label: StreetSounds
    Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

    StreetSounds Electro-5  (Side B) (mp3)

     

    Tracklisting

    • B2: Captain Rock - “Captain Rock To The Future Shock”
      Produced by Tunde-Ra Aleem & Taharqa Aleem
    • B2: Aleem – “Release Yourself”
      Produced Tunde-Ra Aleem & Taharqa Aleem
    • B3: Fantasy Three – “The Buck Stops Here”
      Produced by Aldo Marin
    • B4: High Fidelity Three – “B Boy Breakdance”
      Produced by Jerry Calliste Jr. & Aldo Marin

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    Side-B of this record is bad-ass!

    StreetSounds Electro-4  (Side A)…

    Title: Electro-4 (Side A)
    Mixed by: DJ Morris
    Year: 1984
    Label: StreetSounds
    Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

    StreetSounds Electro-4  (Side A) (mp3)

     

    Tracklisting

    • A1: Steps Ahead – “Radio Active” (6:45)
      Produced by Mike Mainieri & Craig Peyton
    • A2: Pumpkin & The Profile All-Stars – “Here Comes The Beat” (6:50)
      Produced by Pumpkin
    • A3: Herbie Hancock – “Megamix” (Includes: Rockit, Autodrive, Future Shock, TFS, Rough & Chameleon ’84) (6:18)
      Produced by Grandmaster D. St.

    StreetSounds Electro-4  (Side B)…

    Title: Electro-4 (Side B)
    Mixed by: DJ Morris
    Year: 1984
    Label: StreetSounds
    Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

    StreetSounds Electro-4  (Side B) (mp3)

     

    Tracklisting

    • B1Run DMC – “Sucker M.C.’s” (3:15)
      Produced by Russell Simmons & Larry Smith
    • B2: Key-Matic - “Breakin’ In Space” (6:16)
      Produced by Charles Casseus
    • B3: The VHB – “Beethoven’s Fifth (Street) Symphony” (7:03)
      Produced by Vincent Davis
    • B4: Cybotron – “Techno City” (6:55)
      Produced by Cybotron & Ben Grosse

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    StreetSounds Electro-3  (Side A)…

    Title: Electro-3 (Side A)
    Mixed by: Herbie (Mastermind) Laidley
    Year: 1984
    Label: StreetSounds
    Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

    StreetSounds Electro-3  (Side A) (mp3)

     

    Tracklisting

    • A1: Divine Sounds – “Dollar Bill”
      Produced by Clark Jay & Jerry Bloodrock
    • A2: Imperial Brothers – “We Come To Rock”
      Produced by Aldo Marin & Jerry Calliste Jr.
    • A3: Newcleus – “Jam On It”
      Produced by Joe Webb & Frank Fair

    StreetSounds Electro-3  (Side B)…

    Title: Electro-3 (Side B)
    Mixed by: Herbie (Mastermind) Laidley
    Year: 1984
    Label: StreetSounds
    Media Source: Recorded straight from 12-inch record to enhanced digital.

    StreetSounds Electro-3  (Side B) (mp3)

     

    Tracklisting

    • B1Boogie Boys – “Zodiac”
      Produced by Ted Currier & David Spradley
    • B2: Pumpkin - “King Of The Beat”
      Produced by Pumpkin
    • B3: Davy DMX – “One For The Treble (Fresh)”
      Produced by David Reeves Jr.
    • B4: Fresh 3 MC’s – “Fresh”
      Produced by Dave Ogrin & Bill Moore
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