Thursday, March 26, 2015


With the current resurgence of 90s house music, what better time to take a look back at some of its pop-influenced pioneers, Deee-Lite! Born out of the New York club scene, singer Lady Miss Kier, Supa DJ Dmitry and Towa Tei took the scene by storm with the release of their 1990 single Groove Is In The Heart and the groundbreaking album World Clique. The sound was fresh and new and influenced by the clubs and their look, mostly designed by Kier, was just as impressive, with most fashionistas and even Vogue citing Lady Miss Kier as a major style influence to this day. Though they only placed two singles on the Hot 100 -- Groove Is In The Heart (#4) and Power of Love (#47) -- World Clique was a top 20 album and Deee-Lite enjoyed worldwide exposure and several MTV Video Music award nominations. Their follow up albums, the politically charged Infinity Within (#67, 1992) and dreamy Dewdrops In The Garden (#127, 1994) failed to match the success of World Clique due to lack of promotion and problems with their record label, Elektra, but the group managed to place nine songs on the U.S. Dance charts, including six #1s. That's nothing to sneeze at, bitches. Lady Miss Kier has gone on to be a sought after international DJ herself, as has Dmitry, and Towa Tei continues to produce music as a solo artist, collaborating with, among others, Kylie Minogue. It's not bad to have a hit like Groove Is In The Heart as your legacy, I must say, and World Clique got me through my first year in college pre-school. Yeah. Pre-school. Anyway, here are some of my favorite Deee-Lite singles for you to enjoy on this Throwback Thursday. Enjoy!

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