U.T.F.O.

Members: Kangol (Kid), Doctor Ice, Educated Rapper aka EMD, Mix Master Ice

Members of: Full Force Family

U.T.F.O. (UnTouchable Force Organization) originated from Brooklyn, NY. Mix Master Ice (Maurice Baily), Kangol (Shiller Shaun Fequiere) and Educated Rapper aka EMD (Jeffrey Campbell) were high school friends from East Flatbush. Ice and EMD were originally in a DJ group together while Kangol and Doctor Ice (Fred Reeves), brother of Jalil from Whodini, were in a dance group called the Keystone Dancers and appeared in Whodini’s Rap Machine  and Magic’s Wand videos.

The group referred to themselves as the Village People of rap due to the specific character of each member. They were not only great rappers but also had some great melodies while Mix Master Ice was a formidable DJ. Together with the production company and later recording group, Full Force, they released many memorable tracks such as Beats & Rhymes, Hanging Out and Leader Of The Pack but are probably most known for birthing The Roxanne Saga with Roxanne, Roxanne which lead to numerous responses by Roxanne’s parents, sister, doctor, etc. The track utilized Billy Squier’s Big Beat.

For personal reasons, Educated Rapper only appeared on Pick Up The Pace from the second album.

Be sure to check out JayQuan’s UTFO Foundation lesson for a more comprehensive insight into the group, the music and their lyrics.

Beats And Rhymes

Label: Select Records
Year: 1984
Format: 12″
Origin: US

Side A

  1. Beats And Rhymes [8:29]

Side B

  1. Beats And Rhymes (Dub) [7:10]
  2. Beats And Rhymes (Radio Version) [3:37]

Notes: There are four different label variations that I know of: black and white label, colour label with small black print UTFO, colour label with large black print UTFO, colour label with all blue text.

Hanging Out / Roxanne, Roxanne

Label: Select Records
Year: 1984
Format: 12″ Test Pressing
Origin: US

Side A

  1. Hanging Out (Vocal) [5:02]
  2. Roxanne, Roxanne (Radio Edit) [3:40]

Side B

  1. Hanging Out (Instrumental) [5:17]
  2. Roxanne, Roxanne (Instrumental) [5:10]

Notes: This test pressing contains a radio edit of Roxanne, Roxanne which, other than here, only appears as a promotional 7″ listed below.

Info and images courtesy of Fab.

Label: Select Records
Year: 1984
Format: 12″
Origin: US

Side A

  1. Hanging Out (Vocal) [5:02]
  2. Roxanne, Roxanne [5:09]

Side B

  1. Hanging Out (Instrumental) [5:17]
  2. Roxanne, Roxanne (Instrumental) [5:10]

Notes: There are a few label variations that I know of plus a couple of pressings on red vinyl: color label with different font and artist names below UTFO only spanning up to the right of the catalogue number below, color label with different font and artist name spanning almost the full width of the label (This was also available on red vinyl), black and white label with artist names below UTFO spanning almost the full width of the label (This was also available on red vinyl).

Roxanne, Roxanne / The Real Roxanne

Label: Select Records
Year: 1984
Format: 7″
Origin: US

Side A

  1. UTFO – Roxanne, Roxanne (Special Radio Edit) [3:30]

Side B

  1. Roxanne with UTFO – The Real Roxanne (Special Radio Edit – Censored) [3:41]

Notes: This 7″ is the only way to get these two tracks together on a US pressing. The full length versions were issued in the UK by Streetwave, as listed below.

Label: Streetwave
Year: 1984
Format: 12″
Origin: UK

Side A

  1. Roxanne, Roxanne (Vocal) [5:09]
  2. Hanging Out (Vocal) [5:02]

Side B

  1. The Real Roxanne (Bleeped Version) [4:39]
  2. Roxanne’s Back Side (Scratch It) [4:58]
  3. The Real Roxanne (Uncensored Version) [4:39]

Notes: This is the 5-track release which incorporates two separate US releases on one UK 12″ (FMS 62254 and FMS 62256). There is also a 6-track release as listed below.

Label: Streetwave
Year: 1984
Format: 12″
Origin: UK

Side A

  1. Roxanne, Roxanne (Vocal) [5:09]
  2. Hanging Out (Vocal) [5:02]
  3. Hanging Out (Instrumental) [5:15]

Side B

  1. The Real Roxanne (Bleeped Version) [4:39]
  2. Roxanne’s Back Side (Scratch It) [4:58]
  3. The Real Roxanne (Uncensored Version) [4:39]

Notes: This is the 6-track release which incorporates two separate US releases on one UK 12″ and also includes the instrumental of Hanging Out which didn’t appear on the 5-track release above.

Roxanne Meets UTFO

Label: Streetwave
Year: 1984
Format: 12″
Origin: UK

Side A

  1. Roxanne Meets UTFO [6:45]

Side B

  1. Roxanne’s Back Side (Beat It Mix) [8:10]

Notes: Exclusive UK release.

Leader Of The Pack

Label: Select Records
Year: 1985
Format: 12″ Promo Only
Origin: US

Side A

  1. Leader Of The Pack [4:36]

Side B

  1. Leader Of The Pack (Special Instrumental Mix) [5:27]

Notes: This promo release only contains two tracks compared to the official release which has three.

Label: Select Records
Year: 1985
Format: 12″
Origin: US

Side A

  1. Leader Of The Pack [4:36]

Side B

  1. Leader Of The Pack (Special Instrumental Mix) [5:27]
  2. Leader Of The Pack (Radio Edit) [3:20]

Notes: Note the additional radio edit.

Bite It

Label: Select Records
Year: 1985
Format: 12″
Origin: US

Side A

  1. Bite It [3:52]

Side B

  1. Bite It (Dub) [5:08]
  2. Bite It [3:35]

Fairytale Lover

Label: Select Records
Year: 1985
Format: 7″
Origin: US

Side A

  1. Fairytale Lover [3:58]

Side B

  1. Hanging Out [5:00]

Notes: Fairytale Lover was a sung ballad and this 7″ was issued with the intention of highlighting the groups vocal abilities.

Pick Up The Pace

Label: Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Year: 1985
Format: 7″ Promo Only
Origin: US

Side A

  1. Fat Boys – All You Can Eat [3:26]

Side B

  1. UTFO – Pick Up The Pace [3:25]

Notes:Music taken from the Krush Groove soundtrack and only available as a promotional 7″. Pick up the Pace is a slightly different version than on the group’s Skeezer Pleezer album and was the only track from it to include The Educated Rapper aka EMD. Although it appears in the movie it doesn’t actually appear on the soundtrack album release so is exclusive to this 7″.

We Work Hard

Label: Select Records
Year: 1986
Format: 12″
Origin: US

Side A

  1. We Work Hard [5:21]

Side B

  1. Kangol & Doc [5:52]

Notes: There are a few label variations for this release: one with three publisher credits on each side, KADOC Music, Mokojumbi Music and Willesden Music; one with three publisher credits on side A, KADOC Music, Mokojumbi Music and Willesden Music, and four on side B, including the additional ADRA Music; one withfour publisher credits on each side, ADRA Music, KADOC Music, Mokojumbi Music and Willesden Music.

Split Personality

Label: Select Records
Year: 1986
Format: 12″
Origin: US

Side A

  1. Split Personality (The Remix) [5:20]

Side B

  1. Split Personality (The Remix Dub) [3:44]

Label: Cooltempo
Year: 1986
Format: 12″
Origin: UK

Side A

  1. Split Personality (The Remix) [5:20]
  2. Split Personality (Dub Version) [3:44]
  3. Split Personality (7″ Edit) [3:55]

Side B

  1. Where Did You Go? (Danny Dee Remix) [6:50]
  2. Where Did You Go? (Bonus Beats) [3:34]

Notes: UK Exclusive B side.