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  • Question for the non-uk heads (hiphop-r)

    YD certainly had a place at the very top of my own and my friends’ wants list in 1990 thanks to the Dub of their promo-only 12” Step Right On. Tim Westwood played this on his BFBS hip hop show for a couple of months without clearly stating what it was and it drove us nuts.

    Luckily, when the album finally dropped in Europe, the dub version was included. When I moved to the US I realised that in the US the vocal version was included, which nobody I knew cared about. 

    Carleene Anderson’s voice has always been a bit Marmite, I think. While I wanted to like it, I didn’t and good Marketing and limited editions did their thing to still make her stuff collectible at the time of release: I was desperate to get a copy of the Dusky Sappho E.P. in 93-94 and when I finally did, I thought she was screeching at times. I was more into her cousin Jhelisha and her 94 debut album. but now we are not talking UK Hip Hop anymore. 

  • Question for the non-uk heads (hiphop-r)

    Drawing a fine line between U.K. Hip Hop and Acid Jazz/ of yesteryears: Stereo MCs - Supernatural seemed to be playing everywhere in my German hometown in 1990. 
    From clothes shops to cafes and BBQs, you couldn’t escape it. 
    Tracks picked by DJs varied from in R&B, Indie and Pop clubs from I’m A Believer, to Lost In Music, to Set Me Loose, to Early One Morning, to I Ain’t Got Nobody but the most played one across all scenes was without a doubt Two Horse Town. 
    I just checked on Discogs whether only was an album track as I remembered, and interestingly the made a 12” testpressing of it only in Germany. With the dope groove of the album closing Smoking With The Motherman in the flip. That was wafting out of many speakers. 

    In 1992 they became utterly inescapable with the Connected single. 

    Jimster said:
    Me and wifey had a good laugh at the hairstyles and fashion and estimate this as 1982.  We are old enough to remember it (the year, not the tune).

    Sounds about right. 

    I am surprised that it's so difficult to find information about this. Over the years the video has repeatedly been posted on Youtube by various channels, but nobody provided any details about its origins with their post. A few comments under the videos help to establish: The clip seems to have been recorded in Chicago's Copherbox nightclub; the MC appears to be a part time DJ, otherwise bus driver for Chicago's CTA, called Charlie Green who was active in the 60s and 70s, but judging by the video also still in the 80s. Apparently, he has a son by the name of DJ J Grilla who is still a DJ in the area.

    According to comments under various videos, Charlie must have been a minor celebrity and his Bus Stop routine must have been quite popular in Chi-Town and even a bit beyond, though people in NY etc. did not neccessarily neccessarily realise that the dance they were doing had come from him / from Chicago.

    In 1986 a Chicago producer called Hudson Beauduy released a House version incorporatig a recording of Green's routine calling it Bus Stop / Electric Slide. 

    Ten years later, Hudson was responsible for one of the versions of the Cha Cha Slide which ruled children's birthday parties in the early naughties (and since...)

    In 2017 a French DJ/Producer by the name of "Will The Funkboss" did a post-disco remake in with the audio from the video crudely incorporated.


    Can somebody date this, please.