Category Archives: Rapino Brothers

[We Don’t Need This] Fascist Groove Thang (1993)

Heaven 17
“[We Don’t Need This] Fascist Groove Thang”
1993 Virgin Records Ltd (UK)
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01 [We Don’t Need This] Fascist Groove Thang (Rapino Edit)
02 [We Don’t Need This] Fascist Groove Thang (Democratic Edit)
03 [We Don’t Need This] Fascist Groove Thang (Rapino Club Mix)
04 [We Don’t Need This] Fascist Groove Thang (Democratic Rapino)
05 [We Don’t Need This] Fascist Groove Thang (Instrumental)

Originally released in 1981, “[We Don’t Need This] Fascist Groove Thang” is the debut single from Heaven 17: Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, and Martyn Ware. The song was remixed in 1993 by Charlie Mallozi and Marco Sabiu (The Rapino Brothers) to promote the release of hits collection “Higher And Higher.”

Everybody move to prove the groove

Have you heard it on the news
About this fascist groove thang
Evil men with racist views
Spreading all across the land
Don’t just sit there on your ass
Unlock that funky chaindance
Brothers, sisters shoot your best
We don’t need this fascist groove thang

Brothers, sisters, we don’t need that fascist groove thang

History will repeat itself
Crisis point we’re near the hour
Counterforce will do no good
Hot you ass I feel your power
Hitler proves that funky stuff
Is not for you and me girl (No!)
Europe’s an unhappy land
They’ve had their fascist groove thang

Brothers, sisters, we don’t need that fascist groove thang

Democrats are out of power
Across that great wide ocean
Reagan’s president elect
Fascist god in motion
Generals tell him what to do
Stop your good time dancing
Train their guns on me and you
Fascist thang advancing

Sisters, brothers lend a hand
Increase our population
Grab that groove thang by the throat
And throw it in the ocean
You’re real tonight you move my soul
Let’s cruise out on the dance war
Come out your house and dance your dance
Shake that fascist groove thang

Brothers, sisters, we don’t need that fascist groove thang

Alternate Lyrics, Verse 3: 1981 Censored Version

Democrats are out of power
Across that great wide ocean
Stateside president elect
Cowboy god in motion

Alternate Lyrics, Verse 3: 1993 Remix Version

Democrats are back in power
Across that great wide ocean
Bush has proved you can’t elect
Fascist god in motion

Dance Hall Days (1997 Remixes)

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01 Dance Hall Days (Flashing Back To Happiness 7″ Mix)
02 Dance Hall Days (Flashing Back To Happiness 12″ Mix)
03 Dance Hall Days (Darren Costin Remix)
04 Dance Hall Days (Richie Warburton Remix)
05 Dance Hall Days (Original LP Version)

INFO > 1982 saw the original release of “Dance Hall Days” by Huang Chung; the single failed to chart. In the following year, the band signed with Geffen Records and changed their name to Wang Chung; subsequently, a reissued “Dance Hall Days” became a big hit in the U.S. The song was revisited in 1989, shortly after which Wang Chung broke up. Jack Hues and Nick Feldman reunited in 1997, and “Dance Hall Days” was dusted off once again to promote a greatest hits collection. The ’97 remixes are hardly essential: the Rapino Brothers’ update is passable; however, former Wang Chung drummer Darren Costin lazily pastes the song’s vocals over the beats from Underworld’s “Born Slippy .NUXX.” The other version is an ill-advised big beat revision.

Affro Dizzy Jack

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01 Affro Dizzy Jack (7″)
02 Affro Dizzy Jack (Ollie J 12″)
03 Affro Dizzy Jack (Stealth Sonic Soul Remix)
04 Affro Dizzy Jack (Pleasures On An Epic Scale Part 1)
05 Affro Dizzy Jack (This Is Not The St James Infirmary Blues Mix)
06 Affro Dizzy Jack (Professor K’s Article Dub)

INFO > Short-lived indie/dance group The Good Strawberries comprised Joel Bogen (part of Toyah’s band), Gavin Knight (drummer for The Shamen), and Rick Simmonds. The band released a couple of singles and an album in 1994. The band’s debut, “Affro Dizzy Jack”, was remixed by Ollie Jacobs, Apollo 440, and The Rapino Brothers.

When Do I Get To Sing “My Way”

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PART 1: RADIO EDITS (1994)
01 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Sparks Radio Edit)
02 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid Radio Edit)
03 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid Instrumental)
04 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Rapino Brothers 7″ Mix)
05 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Pro-Gress Mix)
06 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Vince Clarke Remix Edit)
07 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Rapino Brothers 7″ – Cold End)*
08 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Vince Clarke Edit – Cold End)*

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PART 2: REMIXES (1994)
01 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid’s Frank & Kitty Mix)
02 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid’s Frank & Nancy Mix)
03 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (The Grid’s Ron & Nancy Mix)
04 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Rapino Brothers Sola Mix)
05 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Pro-Gress Mix V.10.3)
06 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Vince Clarke Remix)
07 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Men Behind Club Mix)
08 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Microbots Club Mix)
09 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Plutone Club Mix)

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PART 3: US PROMO (1995)
01 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Color Blind Club)
02 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Tone Deaf Dub)
03 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Mereus Vocal)
04 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Sticks & Stones Remix)
05 When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’ (Total Fog Dub 1)

INFO > Brothers Ron Mael and Russell Mael formed the band Halfnelson in 1968; Todd Rundgren produced the group’s debut LP. Shortly after the album’s 1971 release, the brothers Mael rechristened themselves as Sparks and began a long and illustrious career: experimenting in various musical styles, dabbling in other media, and creating an international cult following in the process.

Sparks’ 1994 album, the cleverly titled “Gratuitous Sax And Senseless Violins”, includes the single “When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way'”, which was released 20 years ago this month. All of the various versions from UK, German, and US CD singles are compiled in Parts 1 and 2 of this post, while Part 3 presents additional remixes commissioned the following year.

*As he and I both prefer a proper ending as opposed to a lazy fade out, Andrei has created custom edits of the Rapino Brothers and Vince Clarke radio mixes. Please enjoy his fine efforts.

The promo video is a wonderful homage to classic film trailers:

Angelpie – Tin Foil Valley / She

   

Angelpie
“Tin Foil Valley / She”
1993 Oxygen (UK)
GASP D12 / GASX D12 / GASP D13

01. Tin Foil Valley (7″ Mix)
02. Tin Foil Valley (Rapino Mix)
03. Tin Foil Valley (Do You Call That Music? Instrumental)
04. Tin Foil Valley (Plastic Bagism Vocal Mix)
05. Tin Foil Valley (Tangerine Pie Mix)
06. Tin Foil Valley (Rocking Horse Dub)
07. Tin Foil Valley (Serious Rope Mix)
08. Tin Foil Valley (Serious Rope Instrumental)
09. Tin Foil Valley (Serious Rope Dub)
10. She
11. Sol

2, 3 > Remixed by The Rapino Brothers
4, 5, 6 > Remixed by Jon & Helena Marsh (The Beloved)
7, 8, 9 > Remixed by Serious Rope

INFO > Angelpie comprised producer Mark Saunders, guitarist John McEvoy, and vocalist Marina Van-Rooy. The short-lived group produced two singles and an unreleased album for MCA sublabel, Oxygen. All tracks from the trio’s three CD singles are collected and re-sequenced here.

Tin Foil Valley / She
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