Category Archives: Louie Vega

What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy]

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Information Society
“What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy]” (US Promo)
1988 Tommy Boy/Reprise Records (US)
PRO-CD-3143

01 What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy] (Radio Edit)
02 What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy] (Club Radio Edit)
03 What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy] (Pure Energy Mix)
04 What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy] (Club Mix)

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Information Society
“What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy]”
1993 Tommy Boy (US)
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01 What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy] (Club Mix)
02 What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy] (The 54 Mix)
03 What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy] (Percapella)
04 What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy] (Pure Energy Mix)
05 What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy] (What’s On Your Dub Mix)

Kurt Larson, Paul Robb, James Cassidy, and Amanda Kramer scored a huge US hit with “What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy].” The “Star Trek” sampling synthpop tune spent 25 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1988, ultimately peaking at the number 3 spot. Louie Vega remixed the track for club play.

Beautiful People

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Barbara Tucker
“Beautiful People”
1994 Strictly Rhythm (US)
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01 Beautiful People (Radio Edit)
02 Beautiful People (Underground Network Mix)
03 Beautiful People (Beautiful Reprise)
04 Beautiful People (CJ’s Club Mix)
05 Beautiful People (CJ’s Dub)
06 Beautiful People (Original Club Mix)
07 Beautiful People (CJ Mackintosh Dub)
08 Beautiful People (Mood II Swing Dub)

In 1993, Louie Vega enlisted Barbara Tucker to add her vocal talents to “Deep Inside”, which Vega released under the name Hardrive. The following year, Vega and his Masters At Work partner Kenny Gonzales produced Tucker’s second single, “Beautiful People”, which incorporates the vocals from “Deep Inside.”

Running

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01 Running (Vocal Remix)
02 Running (Percappella)
03 Running (‘The Nest’ Remix)
04 Running (Instrumental)

INFO > Kurt Larson and Paul Robb formed Information Society in 1982 while attending university in Minnesota; James Cassidy joined later, creating the group’s classic lineup. InSoc’s self-produced debut EP echoes key influences such as Devo and Gary Numan. The group’s next effort was electro-freestyle single “Running”, released in 1984 on indie Wide Angle, and featuring vocalist Murat Konar. In 1986, Tommy Boy reissued “Running” with remixes by Joey Gardner and Louie Vega that turned the tune into a club hit and broke the band on a national level in the U.S.

Super-Mix Club

Debbie, will you be my valentine?

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01 Shake Your Love (Club Mix)
02 Out Of The Blue (Drumapella)
03 Only In My Dreams (Club Mix)
04 Foolish Beat (Extended Mix)
05 Out Of The Blue (Club Mix)
06 Shake Your Love (Bass Apella)

INFO > In a prior post, I revealed my longtime infatuation with Miss Deborah Gibson. My crush is more silly than serious, and you all know how I take pride in embarrassing myself :-) This 1988 Japanese collection gathers various versions of Debbie’s first four singles, remixed by ‘Little’ Louie Vega and Scott Blackwell.

Cross My Heart (US Promo)

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01 Cross My Heart (Radio Version)
02 Cross My Heart (Club Mix)
03 Cross My Heart (Edit Of 12” Version)

INFO > Here’s a musical valentine from Patsy Kensit and company. ‘Little’ Louie Vega’s Club Mix was included on North American issues of “Cross My Heart”, and is digitally exclusive to this promo.

Eighth Wonder – I’m Not Scared

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01 I’m Not Scared (Disco Mix)
02 I’m Not Scared
03 J’ai Pas Peur
04 I’m Not Scared (‘Little’ Louie Vega Club Mix)

INFO > In 1983, siblings Jamie and Patsy Kensit formed the nucleus of a new pop band; after a few lineup changes, Eighth Wonder was born. While gigging around London, Patsy Kensit caught the attention of director Julien Temple, who cast her in retro musical “Absolute Beginners.” EW signed a deal with CBS Records in 1985, and debuted with single “Stay With Me.” Finding an initial following in Japan and Italy, the band would expand their success in 1988 with hit single “I’m Not Scared”, written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, who co-produced the track with Phil Harding.

Information Society – What’s On Your Mind (US Promo)

Information Society
“What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy]”
1988 Tommy Boy/Reprise Records (US)
PRO-CD-3143

01. What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy] (Radio Edit) 03:38
02. What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy] (Club Radio Edit) 03:22
03. What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy] (Pure Energy Mix) 04:38
04. What’s On Your Mind [Pure Energy] (Club Mix) 07:57

2, 4 > Mixed by ‘Little’ Louie Vega and Roman Ricardo

INFO > Information Society dates back to 1982, when the band was formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Kurt Larson, Paul Robb, and James Cassidy. The group produced a couple of independent releases before scoring a club hit in 1986 with a remix of their first single, “Running.” Greater success came later with this “Star Trek” sampling synthpop hit, “What’s On Your Mind.”

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