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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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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