A version excursion, starting with the original from 1984 by Ini Kamoze: World A Music
The best known version, by Damian Marley: Welcome To Jamrock
Released on Warp, which should give you an idea, it’s not reggae: Africa Hitech – Out In The Streets
Very popular in de dancehall: Lil’ Kim – Lighters Up
Interesting version mashing up father and son: Stand Up Jamrock combining Bob Marley’s Get Up, Stand Up with Damian Marley’s Welcome To Jamrock
Sound system culture is very much alive in Belgium or Beljam as it’s called in reggae/dub circles. On Saturday at Mekitburn festival no less then four full sound systems were present, and three of them Belgian: Satta Sound, Gamma Sound and Skyfire.
There’s a whole lotta sound systems in Belgium. Not all of them have build their own full sounds, but a lot have and there are some really impressive sounds there: http://www.reggae.be/en/community/soundsystems
Review in Dutch of reggae and dub at Mekitburn: http://www.reggae.be/nl/magazine/event_reports/Heartical_fire__Mekitburn_Festival
I’ve recently put Madonna’s The Immaculate Collection on my car stereo and damn, I almost had forgotten how good it is. My absolute favourite is Like a Prayer. When I still DJ’ed regularly back in the previous century, I would mix this in my house sets and always got a superb response. Shep Pettibone’s production is just spot on!
Another one I used to love to mix in was Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. I guess it’s not really a guilty pleasure, I’ve heard a big name techno DJ mix this in his sets, forgot who it was and DJ Funk made an excellent track out of this. And Quincy Jones was an excellent producer.
A truly guilty pleasure, Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler. The producer Jim Steinman has a lot to answer for, like stuff he did for Meat Loaf, Celine Dion and Boyzone. But for this one I would congratulate him.
I’ve already praised Drop The Lime’s remix of this one in another post, but I must admit I like the original even better: (I Just) Died in Your Arms by Cutting Crew.
I mainly love Heaven Is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle because I cannot hear it any more without thinking of Droon’s Cripplefight that also samples South Park, but it has to be on this list of guilty pleasures.
Cindy Lauper has to be on this list too.
I could go on forever, damn I love the eighties!
Fools Gold by The Stone Roses from 1989 is an absolute indie dance classic by al rights, but for me there are two remixes that are even better.
The one by Tall Paul I got to know because dj St-Dic (RIP) used to play it in his deep house sets at the upstairs room at Fuse. It’s a remix from 1995 and has a bit more of a beat, a house remix basically.
The Stone Roses – Fools Gold ’95 (The Tall Paul Remix)
There is also a remix from Rabbit In The Moon that is mind blowing. Apparently it’s only on the 1999 re-release of Fools Gold, but it sounds like 1989 to me, Acid House all the way*.
The Stone Roses – Fools Gold (Rabbit in the Moon’s Message to the Majors)
* Acid House here refers to the British party scene of the late 1980’s that later became known as Rave. The music wasn’t strictly US Acid House, but all kinds of music also from Europe, that didn’t have the typical TB-303 acid sound.
Hot for the moment is the new version of Luc Van Acker and Anna Domino‘s belpop/cult hit Zanna by Selah Sue, Tom Barman & The Subs for Studio Brussels’ Music For Life 2011.
The new version:
The new version isn’t bad if you aren’t already tired of Selah Sue’s voice. I’m just glad the didn’t ask Milow as an artist from Leuven, one of the three places the Music For Life glass house will be in, Barman is for Antwerp and the Subs for Ghent, the other two places it will be.
Another great example of a modern take on an eighties song is Drop The Lime‘s remix of (I Just) Died in Your Arms by eighties one hist wonder Cutting Crew.
The original was already in my first eighties post:
I still love the original, maybe more of a guilty pleasure. The glitch remix by Drop The Lime is a good track to mix, not that good to just listen to at home IMO.
That’s all I can think of right now. More eighties remixes later! Promised! 😉
OK, now for some realy good eighties dance music, since I forgot a lot of very good stuff in my previous post. All of these are tracks I would still play in a DJ set, not just when playing retro.
Right now Shindu has a hit with a cover version, but the original of Happy House by Siouxsie and the Banshees to me is timeless and fits in any DJ set:
Another dance track with a timeless hook, this time more funk then electro house: Pigbag with Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag:
Tribal house like it should be: Culture Vibe – Ma Foom Bey:
The vocal Din Daa Daa from George Kranz is a sample that keeps popping up in house music, I didn’t even know the original untill recently.
Actually ment to be a hip-hop track, but one of the greatest dance tracks of all times if you ask me: Salt-N-Pepa – Push It:
I am off course forgetting a lot of good stuff, but these are tracks that actually made it into the mainstream (to some extent) and have aged well. Feel free to add tracks in the comment you think should be in this list.
Is it just me or do you have to love these songs if you grew up in the eighties? 😉
Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died In Your Arms
More eighties dance: Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round
OK, we’re on a roll here, this one has to be in there: Yazoo – Don’t Go
Grace Jones is also from back in the eighties if you remember: Pull Up To My Bumper
Especially love the parade drums in this one: Yello – Bostich
Best dub soundsytem in Belgium, from my (re)new hometown Leuven: http://www.myspace.com/kingstepsoundsystem
They play in café De Giraf at Oude Markt Leuven each week, be sure to check them out there or at any of the many parties they play!
Legendary Belgian drum & bass DJ System-D made a lovely remix on James Blake’s Limit To Your Love. It’s a bootleg thing,
so for now only on Soundcloud on YouTube:
James Blake – Limit To Your Love (System-D D&B remix) [CLIP] by DJ SYSTEM-D