Fearless Four – It’s Magic

Enjoy Records (US) [ER-6024] 1982 The Fearless Four originally started life as the duo of Devastating Tito and Master O.C. and were called The Houserockers Crew. They were later joined by Great Peso, D.L.B., Mighty Mike C and Krazy Eddie and appeared as the Fearless Four. Mike Ski & Troy B of The Disco Four were also brief members. The […]

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Fearless Four – Rockin’ It

Enjoy Records (US) [ER-6028] 1982 Fearless Four’s follow-up to ‘It’s Magic’, this time based on the tune from Kraftwerk’s ‘Man Machine’. There are a few label variations for this release. Early pressings with catalogue number ER-6028 include one that credits Pumpkin & Friends and one that doesn’t. There is also a later repress with the same track listing and a […]

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Fever II – Funky Pledge

Moonglow Records (US) [MG 101 Sun 221] 1982 Disco rap release by Lovebug Starsky and Ronnie DJ aka the Fever II. There is no date printed on the label so I’ve guessed it based on the Moonglow catalogue numbers. Please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. Side A Funky Pledge [3:40] Side B Funky Pledge [3:32]

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Funky Four – Do You Want To Rock (Before I let Go)

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-586] 1982 Funky Four’s third release and second on Sugar Hill Records. It is based around the music of Maze’s “Before I Let Go”. Side A Do You Want To Rock (Before I let Go) (Vocal) [6:20] Side B Do You Want To Rock (Before I let Go) (Instrumental) [6:20]

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Grand Wizard Theodore & The Fantastic Romantic Five – Can I Get A Soul Clapp

Soul Wax Inc. (US) [2002/860-0097] 1982 Theodore (Teddy) Livingston is widely accepted to have been the inventor of the scratch and the needle drop. He began his career as part of the L Brothers (Livingston Brothers), with his brothers Mean Gene & Cordie-O and went on to appear in the cult movie “Wildstyle” with the Fantastic Freaks aka Fantastic Five […]

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Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message

Sugar Hill Records (US) [SH-584] 1982 This is probably the most well known track by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five and was a break from the usual party anthems. It was slower than other records of the time and had a synthesized hook with lyrics that told of the hardships of urban life. The main track only featured Melle […]

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Jalil – Smirfathon U.S.A.

Charlie Rock (US) [CR-3001] 1982   This is the debut and only solo release from Jalil aka Jalil Hutchins and was the male version of Cory’s “The Smirf”. Soon after this releases Jalil teamed up with John Fletcher aka Ecstacy and the rap group Whodini was born. Side A Smirfathon U.S.A. [5:00] Side B Your Smirf (Instrumental) [6:20]

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Kurtis Blow – Tough

Mercury (US) [MDS-4020] 1982     First single from the album of the same name. The intro, “So why has it got to be so damn tough”, has been used by various DJ’s as a scratch tool, notably DSt’s “Megamix II: Why is it fresh?” and probably the most memorable, Tuff Crew’s “My part of town”. There are two promo’s […]

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Les Love & The Love Kids – Let’s Get It On

Express Records (US) [FR 2228-CS] 1982 Following his release with Solo Sound, this is the second release by Les Love and is produced by C. Smith and M. Dodd. It also features a dub mix by Jim Cline together with the debut appearances of Marley Marl (Marlon Williams) and M² aka Mr. Magic (John Rivas). Side A Let’s Get It […]

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Man Parrish – Heatstroke

Polydor (UK) [POSPX 593] 1982 This was the second release by Man Parrish in Europe and also had a couple of variations. It was originally issued on Polydor in the UK and unofficially on Rams Horn in Europe. The first Rams Horn pressing in 1983 came in a picture sleeve and was incorrectly titled “Heartstroke” before being reissued and correctly […]

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