Newtrament – London Bridge Is Falling Down

Jive (UK) [JIVE T 43] 1983 Newtrament aka Bertram Johnson was the founder of Rock Box in the UK, a precursor to the modern day raves. He is often credited for releasing the first UK hip hop record but is actually the second, after Dizzy Heights, however, it could probably be credited as being the very first UK electro record. […]

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Whodini – Magic’s Wand

Jive (US) [VJ 12008] 1982   After releasing the solo track “Smirfathon U.S.A.” earlier in the year, Jalil Hutchins teamed up with John “Ecstacy” Fletcher to form the group Whodini. This track was originally conceived as just an idea for a radio promo for the legendary Mr. Magic on WBLS but lead to it being their debut single. Written by Jalil […]

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Whodini – Nasty Lady

Jive (US) [JD1-9169] 1983   Fourth US release for Whodini this time produced by legendary German producer Conny Plank (RIP) who was responsible for Kraftwerk’s early releases. The only label variations that I know of are the slightly different layouts of the promo and general release versions. Side A Nasty Lady [5:52] Side B Underground (Street Version) [4:40] Nasty Lady […]

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Whodini – The Haunted House Of Rock

Jive (US) [VJ 12015 / JD-1-9026] 1983   Great Halloween rap and second release from Whodini, produced by the UK’s Willesden Dodgers with an excellent vocoder mix on the flip. There are a few label variations for this release which are pictured below. The first pressing had a VJ… catalogue number with the artist name incorrectly spelt Whodoni and was […]

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Whodini – Yours For A Night

Jive (US) [JD 1-9114] 1983 Third US release to be taken from Whodini’s debut album. The track was produced by Roy Carter and the Willesden Dodgers and features vocals from R&B artist Tashan who later debuted as a solo artist on Def Jam in 1986. The only label variation that I know of is a slightly different layout between the […]

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Willesden Dodgers – Breakin’ Out

Jive (UK) [JIVE T 66] 1984 Pete Q. Harris, Nigel Green and Richard Jon Smith made up the production group Willesden Dodgers. Richard was already a successful R&B singer in South Africa with many albums to his name although he was probably best known for his 1983 self titled album with Jive that spawned some fairly successful singles. Nigel and […]

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Willesden Dodgers – Gunsmoke Breakout

Jive (UK/US) [JIVE T 67/JED 1-9228] 1984 “Gunsmoke Breakout” was the groups second single and, in my opinion, an instrumental masterpiece and also featured as one of the main anthems for the classic live jam “Hip Hop at the Hippodrome” aka “Electro Rock”. To be honest, I always thought this was their first single but catalogue numbers seem to suggest […]

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Willesden Dodgers – Not This President

Jive (UK/US) [JIVE T 121/1010-1-JD] 1986 This was the groups third release and lead single from their album “1st Base” but sadly their last and featured vocal sample fodder from US Presidents and media. It wasn’t quite as hard-hitting as “Gunsmoke Breakout” or “Breakin’ Out” and had a more commercial sound but it was 2 years later so a change […]

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