You can see the narrative here : old stars trying for their come back : Cerrone, War, Sylvester are looking for the gold mix of funk & NRG, while Teena Marie, Sherryl Lynn and Barbara Roy are chucking out their "Mona hits" while Voggue is building Hi-NRG step by step with that eerie, crazy bombastic "Dancing The Night Away". It’s a wonderful moment of transition.
1) KLIQUE : "It’s Winning Time"
From LA, their first hit.
2) HI GLOSS : "It’s Up To You"
3) SYLVESTER : "Give It Up (Don’t Make Me Wait)
Sylvester goes low funk and it’s beautiful.
4) TEENA MARIE : "Square Biz"
Another smash. She’s so talented, writing and producing her own stuff and funkiness is all over her. A white woman on Motown !
5) CERRONE : "I’m Hooked On You"
He was going funk too, to follow the trend but at least he was already teaming with Jocelyn Brown.
6) CHERYL LYNN : "Shake It Up Tonight"
Isn’t that grand ?
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8 : SCANDAL : "I Wanna Do It"
Sounds like a mashup of "Lady’s Night" and Al Hudson.
9) THE DAZZ BAND : "Let The Music Play"
Another funk by numbers.
10) BARBARA ROY : "If You Want Me"
Now that’s more like it ! A beautiful track, still played around ! Moody and suck a carry on song.
11) : MONA RAYE : "Do Me"
I don’t remember this but it’s rough !
12) THE LOVE UNLIMITED ORCHESTRA : "Lift Your Voice"
The whole album is magic, I still have it, I remember buying it just for the sake of the cover with Webster Lewis ! So Glossy !
13) FRANCE JOLI : "Gonna Get Over You"
Well, what can I say, one of the most emblematic records of the time. And Laurent Garnier still plays it. There is NO FLAW in this track !
14) FREDDY JAMES : "Music Takes Me Higher"
A bit dodgy, he was trying to revive his "Get Up & Boogie" smash. Actually, it’s very Cerrone sounding.
16) WAR : "Cinco de Mayo"
I loved it at the time and I saw long after that Dimitri was a fan too, he used to play the War classic a lot.
17) VOGGUE : "Dancing The Night Away"
Now this was so huge ! How many times did we scream and whistle and do poppers on this one ! Gay music was shaping up ! Demis LePage classic ! Hail Canada !
18) The Graingers : "Shine A Light"
Thanks for Discogs, I don’t think I would have found this again. FUNKKKKKKKKK
19) MIDNIGHT STAR : "I’ve Be Watching You"
20 : WOODS EMPIRE : "Sweet Delight"
Obscure but it’s already a Tabu record.