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534-Evelyn Thomas-High Energy.

1984-Number 5 single.

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Hi-NRG (pronounced ‘high energy’) is a genre of uptempo disco, or electric dance music (EDM) that originated during the late 1970’s, and early 1980’s. In 1977 Donna Summer was interviewed about her single ‘I Feel Love,’ which was a mostly electronic, high tempo disco song, she said,’This song became a hit because it has an high energy vibe.’ (see also best songs 11.)’High Energy’ was co-written, and co-produced by Ian Levine, and Fiachra Trench. Ian Levine was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, on June 22nd, 1953, he had been very influential in the ‘Northern Soul’ scene in the 1970’s, and then with Electronic Dance Music in the early 1980’s. The ‘High Energy’ music genre would prove very influential, with notably Stock Aitken and Waterman using the genre in a lot of their productions, and further down the line the genre would influence Techno, and Trance music of the early 1990’s. In 1989 Levine set up his own record label ‘Motorcity Records,’ with the idea of reintroducing some of the 1960’s Motown acts, such as Edwin Starr, and Levi Stubbs to a new generation. Some 850 songs were recorded by 108 artists, but Levine found distribution difficult, with many of the major labels reluctant to promote older artists, and many older Motown fans didn’t like the use of modern instrumentation backing their favourite Soul singers. The label went bankrupt and folded in 1992.

Fiachra Trench,the songs other co-writer, and co-producer was born on December 1st, 1941, in Dublin, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland. He has worked with many of the worlds top artists, and is credited with the string arrangements on the Boomtown Rats ‘I Don’t Like Mondays,’ and The Pogues ‘Fairytale of New York,’ (see also best songs 32.)Evelyn Thomas was born Ellen Lucille Evelyn Thomas on August 22nd, 1953, in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Thomas had been discovered by Levine when he was scouting for talent in America in 1975. She released two singles in 1976 that had both been co-written by Levine, ‘Weak Spot,’ (UK Number 26) and ‘Doomsday’ (UK Number 41) which both became very popular with Northern Soul fans. In total Thomas has released four studio Albums between 1978-1986, and 25 singles between 1976-2008.

‘All the gold that’s in Fort Knox couldn’t buy this happiness. With your love I don’t need money, I don’t need success.