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Category Archives: 1996

  1. Moodswings Covers Donna Summer Covers Jon & Vangelis With State Of Independence


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    Boy! It was only after 15 years or so that I discovered that State Of Independence was originally remade by Donna Summer in 1982 a year after Jon & Vangelis released it off of their The Friends Of Mr. Cairo album from 1981. I have to say that the first time I heard State of Independence was the Moodswings version featuring the great Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders on vocals. But I do have to say the version Donna Summer recorded a year after the Jon & Vangelis version are so similar. Very kind of minimal with a very mellow bounce beat added in with the vocals. Kind of doesn’t go anywhere for me and I’m glad it was remade and covered in the 90s. Check them both out below.

    Once you get to the Moodswings cover and the Murk remix of State Of Independence from 1996 then you get to some more excitement. The Moodswings trip hop version of State Of Independence has that euphoric, dream like quality with excellent haunting vocals from Chrissie Hynde then you get a total 360 degree turn around for the Donna Summer Murk Remix of State Of Independence. There are many more remixes on the single for Donna Summers State of Independence from 1996 but the Murk Remix is the best. A tad bit outdated today but still fun to check out.

    Preview all versions below!

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    State Of Independence by Jon and Vangelis
    State Of Independence by Donna Summer
    State Of Independence (Murk Club Remix) by Donna Summer
    State Of Independence (Spiritual High) by Moodswings Featuring Chrissie Hynde

    Posted in 1996, Album, Single.

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  2. Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin Samples The Flirts/Bobby ‘O’ With Passion


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    Bobby ‘O’ Orlando is one of the greatest dance music producers ever. He’s produced countless musicians which include Pet Shop Boys, The Flirts, Divine and so on. So no wonder his music is sampled often. Sampling often his famous Flirts song Passion the 80s hi-nrg hit for The Flirts post Jukebox song. Passion was an underground dance hit for The Flirts and Bobby Orlando so that is why the bassline has been sampled countless times in many tracks including this Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin song Passion from 1996. Was a nice underground hit as well for Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin getting an official release on Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto label. Passion by Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin samples Passion by The Flirts and Bobby Orlando perfectly with a very hi-nrg sound.

    Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin’s sound was part of the nu energy/trance/dance/hi-nrg sound that peaked around 93 and 94in the mid 90s and he had another bigger had on Perfecto called Give Me Strength which was included on Paul Oakenfolds Perfection CD which I absolutely love and still listen to. It was the mix CD Oakenfold released just before the huge mix CD, Tranceport!

    Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin was also involved with The Greatest Hits and Remixes compilation of Divine music that was produced by Bobby Orlando which came out in 1996.

    For more sampled music featuring The Flirts/Bobby O and their hit dance single Passion then check this out.

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    Passion by The Flirts/Bobby ‘O’
    Passion (Tin Tin Out Mix) by Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin

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    Posted in 1996, Single.

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  3. Full Intention Covers Patrick Juvet Disco Classic I Love America!


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    One of my all time favorite remakes is America (I Love America) by Full Intention. This is a remake of the Patrick Juvet disco classic I Love America from 1978 and this Full Intention remake came out initially in 1995 and later repackaged for an American audience in 1996 and released by Big Beat Records a division of Warner Atlantic. Hey does corporate America really get dance music? They were really trying in the 90s and since the nasty Bush years came and went things are starting to look a little more promising for dance music again. I’m really glad that America (I Love America) got an actual release as it’s an excellent example of 1990s house music with a slight disco touch! Very club friendly. This remake of the Patrick Juvet disco classic I Love America put Full Intention on the map. They have done countless tracks and remixes since then and they are still going strong! Full Intention were all over the place with major major remix credits. Remember Free by Ultra Nate? This remix basically samples the “I Love America” words from the original Patrick Juvet song.

    Ok I’m not sure about the whole message of I Love America nowadays as it’s a completely different place today than it was back in 1996. I still love America but sure do need a change! My favorite version of America (I Love America) is the Original Sugar Daddy 12″ Mix but you can check out the Full Intention 12″ Vocal Mix and the original album version of Patrick Juvet’s classic which clocks in at 14 minutes!!! Also check out these excellent new remixes of Full Intention’s I Love America too! These new remixes of America (I Love America) were released last year!

    America (I Love America) (New Original) by Full Intention
    America (I Love America) (California Mix) by Full Intention
    America (I Love America) (Jolyon Petch Mix) by Full Intention
    America (I Love America) (Orli Da Radino Mix) by Full Intention

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    I Love America by Patric Juvet
    I Love America (Full Length 12″ Vocal Mix) by Full Intention

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    Posted in 1996, Single.

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  4. Le Voie Le Soleil Remixes by Subliminal Cuts


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    One of my all time favorite euphoric house/trance classics is Le Voie Le Soleil by Subliminal Cuts. The original still sounds fresh today and when I play it I can relive the days of total electronic, dance music bliss in the 90s! This was classic when it came out and I still love it. Le Voice Le Soleil has had several releases back in the 90s the first time in 1994 with a Way Out West Summer Of Love Remix as well as a Gems For Jem Remix. Remember Gems For Jem? Probably not! They have this handbag house hit called Lifting Me Higher but that’s another story. To be honest the Gem For Jems remix of Le Voie Le Soliel is not my favorite. Two years later it got rereleased with an updated progressive house remix by Way Out West and a really fun acid style Itchy & Scratchy Remix and this when I discovered Le Voie Le Soleil and became a fan of this classic track since then. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to the original version, the Itchy & Scratchy Remix and the the Way Out West 1996 Club Mix. All three are excellent. Subliminal Cuts is Patrick Prins from Holland who is known for such dance classics as La Luna and Bits And Pieces. Check those out if you haven’t heard them.

    Enjoy Le Voie Le Soleil remixes below and discover a classic dance track from the 90s if you haven’t heard of it before. What do you think?


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    Le Voie Le Soleil (Original) by Subliminal Cuts
    Le Voie Le Soleil (Itchy & Scratchy Mix) by Subliminal Cuts
    Le Voie Le Soleil (1996 Way Out West Club Mix) by Subliminal Cuts

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    Posted in 1994, 1996, Single.

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  5. Lisa Marie Experience Samples Musique With Keep On Jumpin’


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    What a club stormer this Musique remake Keep On Jumpin’ was back in 1996! Geez! I had not even heard of the original Musique disco version until way after I got into the Lisa Marie Experience version of Keep On Jumpin’. The kick ass version was the Bizarre Inc Remix although there were several different remixes from the single the Bizarre Inc version rocked. It was such big hit that Todd Terry decided to do a collaboration with Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown and rerecord their own version. Although I prefer the Lisa Marie Experience version much, much better I do like the Ken Lou “Jumpin Pumpin” Mix version of the Todd Terry/Martha Wash/Jocelyn Brown version. Even though you can’t really tell that it’s a cover of Musique when you hear the Ken Lou “Jumpin Pumpin” Mix but it’s worth noting that they did a version of their own. Although I can be completely wrong here as I’m not really sure which version came first but in my book I think the Lisa Marie Experience version is a solid top notch quality production compared to Todd Terry’s.

    Musique was the short lived disco project by Patrick Adams. The group had a controversial underground hit with Push Push In The Bush prior to their biggest hit Keep On Jumpin’ then unfortunately the band broke up so they did not have the success that other groups from the same era had but glad we have these awesome remakes to remember Musique by!

    Keep On Jumpin’ by The Lisa Marie Experience was remixed in 2007 but unfortunately it does not live up to the original remake that was released in 1996!

    Check out all there versions below. I’m sure you’ll pick your favorite and agree with me.


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    Keep On Jumpin’ by Musique
    Keep On Jumpin’ (Bizarre Inc Remix) by The Lisa Marie Experience
    Keep On Jumpin’ (Ken Lou “Jumpin Pumpin” Mix) by Todd Terry Presents Martha Wash & Jocelyn Brown

    Posted in 1996, Single.

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  6. Firestarter by The Prodigy Samples Close (To The Edit) by Art Of Noise


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    There’s the little sample of the track Close (To The Edit) by Art Of Noise in this very loud techno rave masterpiece by The Prodigy. It’s the track that got them signed to Maverick records from the album The Fat Of The Land way back in 1997. Close (To The Edit) by The Art Of Noise is one of those smart synth pop classics from back in 1984 and it’s perfectly used here in Firestarter. Smart!

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    Check out the sample and see if you can tell where they are. It’s pretty obvious.

    Firestarter video by The Prodigy

    Close To The Edit Video by Art Of Noise

    Posted in 1996, Album, Single.

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  7. Professional Widow (It’s Got To Be Big) (Armand’s Star Trunk Funkin’ Mix) by Tori Amos


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    This remix was all over the place when it came out in 1996. Gosh Armand Van Helden was in top remix form. Around this time he did some excellent remixes for Jimmy Somerville, Nu Yorican Soul, New Order, Daft Punk and Sneaker Pimps. But this Tori Amos remix was what really put Armand Van Helden on the map. It’s quite awesome and it’s the kind of remix that I really, really love. Listen to the original track and the remix and you’ll notice what I’m talking about.

    They are both very different and I really love the Armand Van Helden remix. Don’t you? This is what I really mean about Destroy Rock And Roll! An artist taking a track/song and totally changing it and making it completely different. Love it! More of it please.

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    Professional Widow by Tori Amos
    Professional Widow (Armand’s Star Trunk Funkin’ Mix) by Tori Amos

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    Posted in 1996, Single.

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