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711-The Real Roxanne-Bang Zoom (Let’s Go Go.’)

1986-Number 11 single.

Best Bit-At 4.18.This is ‘Old School Hip-Hop,’ where the female rappers, unlike today’s generation, such as Cardi B, and Megan Thee Stallion, didn’t have to brag about how athletic their private parts were, to make a record successful.

The Real Roxanne is the stage name of Adelaida Martinez, who was born January 11th, 1967, in Brooklyn, New York City, United States.She initially made her mark when recording an ‘Answer Record’ to the critically acclaimed song ‘Roxanne, Roxanne,’ by the Hip-Hop group UTFO. At the same time another answer record to the same song was released by Roxanne Shante, and this led to, what is believed to be somewhere between 30, to 100 different artists jumping on the bandwagon, and recording answer songs, this was to become known as the ‘Roxanne Wars.’

‘Bang Zoom (Let’s Go Go’) was co-written by The Real Roxanne, Howie Tee, and Full Force. It is a very good example of the development of Hip-Hop music, for it’s use of sampling, and scratching, not only does it use several samples from other records, it has also been sampled many times, and influenced artists such as De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers, and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

The songs co-writer Hitman Howie Tee would go on to remix for many of the world’s top artists, with his biggest success being co-producer of the Billboard Number 1 single ‘I Wanna Sex You Up,’ for Color Me Badd in 1991.The song was also co-written, and co-produced by the American R&B group Full Force, who had a top 10 hit in the UK in 1985 with ‘Alice, I Want You, Just For Me,’

‘It was little mosquit’a, in a yellow tuxed’a, freakin’ inside the speaker’s tweeter.’

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712-Otis Redding-(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.

1968- Number 3 single.

Best Bit-At 2.21.Pucker Up.

Otis Ray Redding was born September 9th, 1941 in Dawson, Georgia, United States, he died in a aeroplane crash on December 10th, 1967 (see also best songs 831.)

(‘Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’ was the last song Otis Redding (see also best songs 377) had been working on before his death. While on tour in August 1967, he was sitting on a rented houseboat in Sausalito, California, which gave him the idea for the song, as he watched ships going in and out of the bay. Redding never had time to complete the song, and it was Steve Cropper (see also best songs 906 and 828,) who had been working on the song previously with Redding, just days prior to his death, who completed the song.As well as writing extra lyrics, Cropper also added the sound of seagulls, and waves, as Redding had requested, recalling the sounds he had heard when staying on the houseboat.The song is also notable for some of the most famous whistling in pop music. Redding was well known for ad-libing at the end of his songs in the studio, but with this being a more mellow track than what was his usual, it is possible that Redding couldn’t think of anything appropriate, so decided to whistle.

The song was completed quickly after Redding’s death, and rush released by the record label, it became the first ever posthumous Number 1 single on Billboard, and the Album of the same name, would become the first ever posthumous Number 1 in the UK.

Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun, I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ comes, watchin’ the ships roll in, then I watch ’em roll away again.

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713-Herbie Hancock-I Thought It Was You.

1978-Number 15 single.

Best Bit-At 5.10. Probably the reason why 12 inch singles were invented, so that we can enjoy the next 3.54 seconds.

Herbie Hancock was born Herbert Jeffrey Hancock on April 12th, 1940, in Chicago,Illinois, United States, he is one of Jazz/Funk, and Electronic music’s most respected artists.His best known compositions, which have now become Jazz standards include ‘Cantaloupe Island’ from 1964, and ‘Watermelon Man,’ from 1962.Between 1962-2010 he has released 41 studio Albums, 12 live Albums, 62 compilations, and five soundtrack Albums.

‘I Thought It Was You’ is taken from Hancock’s 19th studio Album,’Sunlight,’ released in 1978. By that time Hancock was influenced by Disco, and Funk music, and the Album’s release helped promote the genre of Jazz Funk. The song is noted for Hancock’s unusual vocal delivery, as he sings through a ‘Sennheiser VSM-201 vocoder,’ which distorts the voice. Other artists to use a variant of the device include The Alan Parsons Project, Kraftwerk, and Daft Punk. Some notable names who played on this track include Ray Parker Jr. (guitar,) Melvin ‘Wah Wah Watson’ Ragin (1950-2018,) who was a member of The Funk Brothers (guitar,) and Leon ‘Ndugu’ Chancler (1952-2018) who played drums, Chancler’s most instantly recognised work is probably the intro to Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean'(see also best songs 191.)

‘Just glance from behind, happened by chance or design. The perfume she wore, took me back through a door, I had closed long ago.’

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714-Sidney Samson feat, Wizard Sleeve-Riverside (Let’s Go!)

2010-Number 2 single.

Best Bit-At 1.16. I have always wondered why the Middlesborough football team never chose this song to walk out to on match days.

Sidney Samson was born on October 2nd, 1981, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, he is a writer, and producer of Electronic Dance Music.In his home country he has had four top 40 singles, but elsewhere worldwide this song remains his only hit. He has provided remixes for many of the pop music’s biggest names, including Kylie Minogue, and David Guetta. He is married to Eva Simons, who was the featured vocalist on’s 2012 UK Number 1 single, ‘This Is Love.’

‘Riverside’ was originally written, and released by Sidney Samson in 2009, reaching Number 8 in Holland, Number 13 in Belgium, and Number 10 in Australia, but didn’t chart in the UK until vocals were added by the American Hip-Hop group Wizard Sleeve in 2010.They had originally performed the rap on a track called ‘Me Plus You’ from 2008, (making this song a Mashup?) and those lyrics were added to the original version of this song, and renamed ‘Riverside (Let’s Go!’)The sample ‘Riverside Motherf…..’ which also appears on the original version of the song, is the voice of Tupac Shakur, lifted from the film ‘Juice,’ (playtime 1.10.25) which is an American crime thriller, from 1992.

‘Me plus you that equals better equations, we must do, do subtraction of your clothes.’

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715-Steve Miler Band-The Joker.

1973-It did not chart in the UK until reissued in 1990, when it reached Number 1.

Best Bit-At 0.17.It’s the best wolf whistle you’ll get all day.

Steve Miller was born October 5th, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. He certainly had a headstart musically as a child, as Les Paul, and Mary Ford, were good friends with his parents, Les P was Miller’s Godfather.At the age of nine he was taught to play guitar by T-Bone Walker, and other visitors to the house included Charles Mingus, and Tal Farlow. Miller formed the Steve Miller Blues Band in 1965, and recruited childhood friend Boz Scaggs (see also best songs 656,) who stayed until launching his solo career in 1967.As the name suggests the band played Blues Rock in the early days, but took a more commercial approach during their most successful period in the 1970’s, and 1980’s.

‘The Joker’ was an American Billboard Number 1 single in 1973, but failed to chart in the UK until being used in a ‘Levi’s Jeans’ television advert in 1990, thus making the song at just short of 17 years, the longest gap between transatlantic chart-toppers (see also best songs 850.)The songs melody borrows heavily from the 1972 song ‘Soul Sister’ by Allen Toussaint, although he receives no writing credits.The line,’You’re the cutest thing that I ever did see,’ is lifted from the 1954 song by The Clovers called ‘Lovey Dovey’, because of this, that songs writers Eddie Curtis, and Ahmet Ertegun do receive writing credits. Also of note is the made up word ‘Pompatus,’which has become very famous in pop culture down the years.Miller had heard the song ‘The Letter’ by The Medallions from 1954, written by Vernon Green, who made up the word ‘Puppetutes,’ meaning a paper-doll erotic fantasy figure, which Miller misheard as ‘Pompatus.’

‘Some people call me the space cowboy yeah, some call me the gangster of love. Some people call me Maurice, ’cause I speak of the pompatus of love.’

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716-Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force-Planet Rock.

1982-Number 53 single.

Best Bit-At 0.31.In 1982 Rap was still in it’s infancy, note the song is called ‘Planet Rock,’ rather than ‘Planet Rap.’

‘Planet Rock’ wasn’t the first Rap song to be a hit, but unlike those that came before, this one included synthesizers, and sampling.It was Tom Silverman the owner of ‘Tommy Boy’ records who brought Afrika Bambaataa, and Arthur Baker (see also best songs 825) together, the other two involved with the making of this groundbreaking track were co-writer John Robie, who played synthesizers, and Emcee G.L.O.B.E., who wrote the lyrics about having fun, and getting the most out of life.

The song is heavily influenced by artists such as Kraftwerk (see also best songs 41,) The Yellow Magic Orchestra, and Gary Numan (see also best songs 177-232 and 772,) and would go a long way to creating a whole new genre of music that was to become known as ‘Electro,’ ‘Planet Rock’ is based on two songs by the German band Kraftwerk,’Trans-Europe Express,’ and ‘Numbers,’ but wasn’t sampled directly, it was reproduced by John Robie on a synthesizer.Although Kraftwerk didn’t receive writing credits, they did come to an agreement over royalties. Another track which was sampled was the synthesizer arrangement from the 1972 cover of ‘Theme From For a Few Dollars More,’ by the group Babe Ruth.’

The DJ plays your favourite blasts, takes you back to the past.’

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1991-Number 3 single.

Best Bit-At 1.56.Many dance tracks, especially the popular ones, are given several remixes. The mix I used to play was on the 7inch vinyl, for me the defining version, unfortunately my copy has long gone, and when I come to think of it, so have my turntables.

Oceanic were formed in the late 1980’s by music producers David Harry, Frank Crofts, and vocalist Jorinde Williams, they originated from the Wirral, England.Between 1991-1992 they achieved three top 40 singles, with ‘Insanity’ also reaching Number 31 in Australia. Their other two UK hits were ‘Wicked Love,'(Number 25,) and ‘Controlling Me’ (Number 14,) that song also gave them their only other chart hit in another country, when peaking at Number 19 in Ireland.They also released an Album in 1992 featuring all three singles, called ‘That Compact Disc By Oceanic.’The Album was also released on cassette, and called ‘That Cassette By Oceanic, it was also released on LP, I bet you can guess what it was called.

A forth and final single was released from the Album, called ‘Ignorance,’ featuring the vocals of Siobhan Maher, but that failed to chart.

‘Dream tripper teach me how to fly. oooh come on baby, take me so high. Imagination, emotions running wild, give me innocence, but don’t treat me like a child.

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718-Prefab Sprout-Cars and Girls.

1988-Number 44 single.

Best Bit-At 0.49.The only sprout I ever enjoyed.

Prefab Sprout were formed in 1978 by the brothers Paddy, and Martin McAloon, in Wiion Gilbert, County Durham, England, they were joined by vocalist Wendy Smith in 1982. Since 2003 Paddy McAloon remains the only member, releasing solo material, still using the Prefab Sprout name.The band, and particularly Paddy, probably haven’t received the success that his talent deserves, although he is critically acclaimed by many music critics.

Paddy McAloon used to get bored with people asking him where the band’s name came from, making up different tall tales, including that he had misheard lyrics from the song ‘Jackson’,(see also best songs 124) (‘We got married in a fever, hotter than a prefab sprout,’) McAloon has confirmed he came up with the name when he was 13,’I thought of two odd words, put them together, and kept it.’

‘Cars and Girls’ is taken from Prefab Sprout’s second studio Album ‘From Langley Park to Memphis,’ from 1988.Such was the confidence that it would be a hit single, it was released ahead of ‘The King of Rock ,’n’ Roll'(UK Number 7,) but to McAloon’s surprise it failed to chart.The song is a dig at Bruce Springsteen’s perceived limited subject matter. Songwriter Paddy McAloon suggests that Springsteen’s worldview is too restricted, because ‘Somethings hurt more than cars and girls.’

‘Brucie dreams life’s a highway, too many roads bypass my way, or they never begin.’

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719-Curtis Mayfield-Move On Up.

1971-Number 12 single.

Best Bit-At 3.58.’Master’ Henry Gibson (1942-2002) played those bongos, like they owed him money.

Curtis Lee Mayfield was born June 3rd, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, United States, he died December 26th, 1999, from complications brought on by Type 2 Diabetes, he had to have his right leg amputated in 1998, due to diabetes.On August 13th, 1990 Mayfield became paralysed from the neck down, after stage lighting equipment fell on him at an outdoor concert at Wingate Field, New York.

Curtis Mayfield spent the majority of his music career highlighting the ‘civil rights movement,’of the late 1950’s, and 1960’s, and the plight of the under privileged. He had been a member of the American R&B/Soul/Gospel/Doo-Wop group The Impressions from 1958, until going solo in 1970. The civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr (1929-1968) named the Curtis Mayfield written ‘People Get Ready,’ recorded by The Impressions, as the unofficial anthem of the civil rights movement in America (see also best songs 195.)

‘Move On Up’ was taken from Mayfield’s first solo Album ‘Curtis,’ recorded in 1970. The songs message encourages listeners to strive for better, to get the most out of life, regardless of the obstacles in the way.

‘Bite your lip, and take a trip, though there maybe wet road ahead, and you cannot slip.’

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720-Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark-Enola Gay.

1980-Number 8 single.

Best Bit-At 2.20.When the song was first released it was misperceived by some as a homosexual love song.As such, the track was banned from being played on the BBC children’s programme ‘Swap Shop.’

‘OMD’ were formed in 1978 in Meois, Wirral, Merseyside, England, by Andy McCluskey, and Paul Humphreys, they had first met at primary school in the early 1960’s.As teenagers they were both involved in different local bands, but eventually they both decided that the music they wanted to make would be ‘Electronic,’ as both were influenced by artists such as Kraftwerk, and Brian Eno. Working with others they were active until 1989, when Humphrey’s split with McCluskey, leaving to form a new band called the ‘Listening Pool.’McCluskey kept the band name’Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’ going until 1996, but the pair reformed again in 2006.

‘Enola Gay’ is an anti war song, addressing the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6th August, 1945, it was written by Andy McCluskey. The song is named after the Enola Gay, which was the ‘USAAF B-29 Superfortress bomber aeroplane that carried ‘Little Boy,’the name given to the first atomic bomb to be used in an act of war.The name of the aeroplane was chosen by the pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets (1915-2007,) who named it after his mother, Enola Gay Tibbets (1893-1963.)’It’s 8.15, that’s the time it’s always been,’ refers to all the clocks and watches in Hiroshima being frozen by the electromagnetic pulse created by the atomic detonation.

‘Enola Gay, you should have stayed at home yesterday, ah-ha, words can’t describe the feeling, and the way you lied.’