Even though Summertime seems to have forgotten us this year in the UK , there are ways to still get a sunshine fix. One being a spin of the classic tune Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. And speaking of that record… Can you believe it came out 20 years ago?!? I still remember purchasing the duo’s Homebase album, which contained the song, on my first trip to the US back in ’91.
We spotted the below article over at:www.bvx.com this week.
In an interview in the Village Voice, Jeff ‘DJ Jazzy Jeff’ Townes explained why the record – produced by beatmaking duo K. Fingers and Hula who built the track on a sample of Kool and the Gang’s Summer Madness – has endured through the years.
However, every summer, Townes said that he and his ex-bandmate, Will Smith (formerly the Fresh Prince), expect the record to die. ‘Not in a bad way, but just like, you didn’t think that this song was going to be like this,’ Townes told the Voice. ‘We knew it was a great record and thought people might play it every once in a blue moon, but not every summer. It’s almost like this song is the launch of peoples’ summer.’
Having just performed five back-to-back shows at Kings College London Student Union, kiddy-pop band Hanson are back…
I remember purchasing Hanson’s single, the oh-so catchy Mmmbop, on cassette, back in 1997. I vividly recall walking up to the ‘H’ section and picking up the cassette thinking ‘wait a minute I thought Hanson were a boy band. These girls have lovely thick blonde hair.’ I seriously went home and listened to the tape thinking, ‘well they have high pitched voices, they could be girls’, but thanks to Top Of The Pops magazine I found out that their names were Isaac, Zak and Taylor, three brothers from Oklahoma. I then immediately felt jealous because they had way nicer hair than I did, whatever their sex.
George Michael may have been in the news for not the best reasons of late. BUT always ones to look on the bright side over here at I Miss The Old School, there is no denying the man has made some GREAT music in his time. And one of his finest moments was 1987′s Faith, his first solo album, after leaving Wham!
The now iconic LP, which has been reissued and remastered, will be available to purchase in multiple formats, including a Limited Edition Numbered Collectors box set, from January 31st, 2011.
I Miss The Old School have teamed up with Sony Music to give away three standard copies of the remastered version of Faith to three lucky readers! To be in with a chance of winning, please answer this simple question:
THEN: Young MC in his hey day
NOW: Young MC today, still making music
One of the most memorable hip hop tunes of the 1980s for me (and I’m sure many others) was Bust A Move by Young MC. In the late 80s that tune was hotter-than-hot and could be heard all over radio stations and the TV, including my favourite episode of Doogie Howser M.D!
Although Young MC grew up in Hollis, Queens, the rapper was actually born in Neasden, north west London, and moved to the US with his family as a three-year-old.
Bust A Move (1989) was the debut single from his first album Stone Cold Rhymin’ (1989) and was responsible for landing him the second ever Best Rap Recording Grammy, back in 1990.
Initially signed to Delicious Vinyl (Brand New Heavies, The Pharcyde), the now 42-year-old was also responsible for penning fellow 80s hits Wild Thing and Funky Cold Medina for label mate Tone Loc.