10 Speed – Tour De France New

Label: Quality RecordsReleased: 1983Format: 12″Country of Origin: CanadaStyle: Electro Excellent cover version of the Kraftwerk classic. After searching for information about this it seems that apparently Kraftwerk didn’t want their version in the film or on the soundtrack so the label got a session group to cover it. I’m not sure how true that is as it seems a bit unlikely so I […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force – Looking For The Perfect Beat

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 831] 1983 Follow up to the classic “Planet Rock” and another classic that hit even harder produced once again by Arthur Baker & John Robie with an instantly recognizable intro. Parts of the track have been sampled artists such as DJ Khaled “Holla at me”, Black Eyed Peas “Weekends”, Bomb The Bass “Beat Dis”, LL Cool […]

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Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force – Renegades Of Funk

Tommy Boy (US) [TB 839] 1983 Third single from Bambaataa and just as hard hitting as the last. This was the first release to come with full picture cover. Artwork was by a cartoonist named Bob Camp who also done the artwork for Newcleus and worked on The Ren & Stimpy Show. The track takes elements of the soul track […]

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The B Boys – Rock The House

Vintertainment (US) [VTI-002] 1983 This was the follow-up to “Two, Three, Break” and was the second release for Vintertainment. While “Cuttin’ Herbie” followed the same style as their previous release and focused on Chuck’s DJ skills, “Rock The House” also featured Donald D who’s lyrics were later sampled by the likes of the Beastie Boys, DJ Spinna and more famously […]

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The B Boys – Two, Three, Break

Vintertainment (US) [VTI-001] 1983 This is the debut release from Bronx natives, the B-Boys, and the first release for Vincent Davis’ Vintertainment label. The original group for this track and ‘Rock The House’ consisted of DJ Chuck Chillout and Donald D and Brother B was added for a later release. The vinyl had the same track on both sides and there […]

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The Beat Boys – Be Bop Rock

Sugarscoop Records (US) [SS-423] 1983 The Beat Boys were Franky D (Frank Robinson) and Mr. Slick (Steven Randolph). The simple story here is that the group submitted a rap using ‘Hip Hop Be Bop’ by Man Parrish as the music and Sugarscoop liked it so much that they decided to release it. The group also recorded as MC Connection for […]

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Boo-Dah Bliss Crew – Pass The Boo-Dah

Top Flight Records (US) [TOP-003] 1983 The Boo-Dah Bliss Crew were DJ Spivey, Doug E. Fresh and Spoonie Gee and this was their only release as a group. In fact this was the first appearance on wax by Doug E. Fresh. It is an electro, hip hop, reggae track based around Musical Youth’s “Pass The Dutchie” and was produced and […]

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C.O.D. – In The Bottle

Emergency Records (US) [EMDS 6535] 1983 Although pictured as a trio on some European sleeves, C.O.D. was actually the production duo of Man Parrish and Raul Rodriguez (R.I.P.)…again! (Two Sisters, Rama, etc). Tired of being ripped off by record labels they created C.O.D. (Cash On Delivery) with the idea to be paid once a track was finished instead of waiting for […]

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Captain Rapp – Bad Times (I Can’t Stand It)

Saturn Records (US) [SAT-2003] 1983 Two years after “The Gigolo Rap” Captain Rapp returns with a West Coast politically conscious response to Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message” arranged by the legendary production duo of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Rich Cason and featuring the vocal talents of Kimberly Ball. Part 2 on the B side is actually just Kimberly without […]

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