Clip – Newcleus – Computer Age 1984
Newcleus is an American electro and old school hip hop group that gained popularity in the early 1980s. The group is primarily known for its 12-inch single « Jam-On’s Revenge » (re-released as « Jam on Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song) » (1983)) and « Jam on It » (1984).
Man Parrish – Hip Hop Be Bop – Dont Stop 1982
Manuel Joseph « Man » Parrish (born May 6, 1958) is an American composer, songwriter, vocalist and producer. He, along with artists such as Yellow Magic Orchestra, Kraftwerk, Art of Noise, Arthur Baker, Afrika Bambaataa, John Robie, Jellybean Benitez, Lotti Golden, Richard Scher and Aldo Marin, helped create and define electro in the early 1980s.
Clip – Rufus and Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody 1983
« Ain’t Nobody » is a song recorded by the American band Rufus and Chaka Khan. It was released on November 4, 1983, as a bonus track for their live album Stompin’ at the Savoy. « Ain’t Nobody » quickly gathered popularity, and reached number one on the U.S. R&B chart, and number twenty-two on the US Billboard Hot 100. It has become one of Khan’s signature songs.
Rufus keyboardist David « Hawk » Wolinski wrote the song around a repeating synthesizer loop backed by a Linn LM-1 drum computer. However, drummer John J. R. Robinson played real drums for the recording session. The band did a democratic vote and they decided to include the song in their album repertoire. Once the song was recorded, Warner executives wanted to issue another song as the album’s first single.Wolinski threatened to give the song to Michael Jackson and producer Quincy Jones for Thriller if the song was not the lead-off single. The label relented and « Ain’t Nobody » was issued and hit number one on the R&B chart for the week ending 15 October 1983.
The song was also included in the soundtrack of the movie Breakin’
Clip – Richie Havens – Freedom 1969
Richard Pierce Havens, known professionally as Richie Havens, (January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music encompassed elements of folk, soul, and rhythm and blues. He is best known for his intense and rhythmic guitar style (often in open tunings), soulful covers of pop and folk songs, and his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
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Clip – Pointer Sisters – Automatic 1984
« Automatic » is a song by the American vocal group Pointer Sisters, released on the Planet label in 1984 as the second single from their multi-platinum landmark album Break Out. « Automatic » reached the Top 5 of Billboard’s pop chart and became one of the Pointers’ signature tunes. Eventually, three other singles from Break Out reached the Top 10 consecutively.
Clip – Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock 1982
Produced by Arthur Baker, « Planet Rock » blends synthesizer and vocoder sounds with breakbeats. It was influenced by electropop pioneers Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), funk pioneer George Clinton, and artists such as Gary Numan.The melody features parts of Kraftwerk’s « Trans Europe Express » (1977). The use of the TR-808, however, gives the beats in « Planet Rock » a distinctive sound.The Japanese counting part « Ichi, ni, san, shi » was used in « Numbers » as well as YMO’s « Rap Phenomena » (1981). « Planet Rock » also features a brief synthesizer arrangement of the whistling melody from Ennio Morricone’s « For a Few Dollars More » soundtrack.
Johnny Nash – Hold Me Tight 1968
John Lester « Johnny » Nash, Jr. (born August 19, 1940) is an American reggae singer-songwriter, best known in the US for his 1972 comeback hit, « I Can See Clearly Now ». He was also one of the first non-Jamaican singers to record reggae music in Kingston, Jamaica.