Doug E. Fresh – Just Having Fun

Label: Enjoy Records
Released: 1984
Format: 12″
Country of Origin: US
Style: Electro

Following his release as part of the Boo-Dah Bliss Crew and a movie appearance with the Treacherous Three performing “Santa’s Rap” in the movie Beat Street, this is the debut release by Doug E. Fresh (Dougé Fresh) as a solo artist and features DJ’s Chill Will and Barry Bee prior to them being called the Get Fresh Crew.

There are a few label variations for this release which are pictured below. The supposedly first pressing is on Sound Makers Records but there a few questions regarding it. It says on the label that it’s licensed from Enjoy Records and has the same number for it’s catalogue number as the Enjoy release which seems to suggest that it is a second pressing. However, as a lot of people seem to think it’s the original release it could also have been pressed on Sound Makers first as a way of ‘testing the water’ ready for a full Enjoy release. Another theory is that it was a way to pay the bill of the Enjoy release. Bobby Robinson may have allowed Sound Makers to press a certain quantity themselves to use as payment or similarly, may have run out of money after the first Enjoy pressing and done the same to allow further pressings. I’m not really sure which came first but the label variations are below and if anyone knows for sure please let me know. It was also reissued by Enjoy with a slightly different catalogue number and the sides reversed.

This wasn’t the first time this happened with Enjoy releases. The previous year the same thing was done with Masterdon’s “Funk Box Party” although that was in 1983 and the original Enjoy release was 1982 making the Sound makers pressing a reissue.

This track was released in 1985 in the UK on Morgan Khan’s Streetwave together with his next release, ‘The Original Human Beatbox’ and featured the additional Mastermind mix of both tracks. According to the labels it was released in 1984 but a quick check of Streetwave’s catalogue numbers place it firmly in 1985.

Variations

  • Variant 1: Sound Makers release
  • Variant 2: Enjoy release #1
  • Variant 3: Enjoy release #2
  • Variant 4: UK Streetwave Release

Label: Sound Makers Records
Catalogue #: SM-0035
Year: 1984
Format: 12″
Country of Origin: US

Side A

Just Having Fun (Vocal) [5:29]
Bonus Lesson #1 – No Music [1:56]

Side B

Just Having Fun (Do The Beat Box) [5:40]
 


 
Notes: 

Label: Sound Makers Records
Catalogue #: EN-6035
Year: 1984
Format: 12″
Country of Origin: US

Side A

Just Having Fun (Vocal) [5:29]
Bonus Lesson #1 – No Music [1:56]

Side B

Just Having Fun (Do The Beat Box) [5:40]
 


 
Notes: First Enjoy pressing with EN catalogue number.

Label: Enjoy Records
Catalogue #: ER-60035
Year: 1984
Format: 12″
Country of Origin: US

Side A

Just Having Fun (Do The Beat Box) [5:40]

Side B

Just Having Fun (Vocal) [5:29]
Bonus Lesson #1 – No Music [1:56]
 


 
Notes: Second Enjoy pressing with ER catalogue number and sides reversed.

Label: Streetwave Records
Catalogue #: MKHAN 64
Year: 1985
Format: 12″
Country of Origin: UK

Side A

Just Having Fun [5:26]
Bonus Lesson #1 [1:57]
The Original Human Beat Box [6:19]

Side B

Just Having Fun / The Original Human Beat Box (Fresh Mix) [5:08]
 


 
Notes: UK release with exclusive Mastermind mix on the B side.

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