Time for a six degrees of separation, and we don’t even need six steps to achieve that!
Today’s 12″ connects the genius that is the late great Malcolm McLaren with Mariah Carey. In 1982, English music honcho Malcolm McLaren was so taken in by New York hip hop and its block party culture that he roped in local DJs World Famous Supreme Team to create the classic Buffalo Gals.
It gave Malcolm his very first UK Top 10 hit, and brought prominence to the DJ crew. Two years later, they collaborated on another hip hop club classic. However, this time, Malcolm only got the songwriting credit. Despite being only a minor UK hit and not even making the Billboard Hot 100, the song would wield its influence in that ranking in the 90s, and twice it did.
In 1994, the rap duo A Lighter Shade Of Brown peaked at #43 with a remake of the song. Three years later, Mariah Carey would storm all the way to #1 with Honey, a song that samples Hey D.J. Honey is the lead-off single from Mariah’s coming-of-age album Butterfly. Malcolm McLaren also has that insect connection. In 1984, Malcolm combined electronic and opera with his recreation of the brilliant Madame Butterfly. However, I don’t think he is referring to Ms. Carey.
The A Side:
Hey D.J. (Extended Version) 6:10
The B Side:
Hey D.J. 4:08
Hey D.J. (Instrumental Version) 4:45
|Chart||Debuted||Debut Pos.||Peak Pos.||Wks on Chart|
|Hot Black Singles||5/5/1984||15||16|
|Billboard Hot Dance/Disco||4/28/1984||24||12|
Label: Island Records
Catalog#: DMD 722
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
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