World’s Famous Supreme Team (1984) Hey D.J. 12″

World's Famous Supreme Team (1984) Hey D.J. 12" World's Famous Supreme Team (1984) Hey D.J. 12"

The Brief:
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

The Charts:

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

The Source:
Label: Island Records
Catalog#: DMD 722
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1984

The Equipment:
Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable
Audio Technica AT440MLa Phono Cartridge
Yamaha RX-Z1 A/V Receiver
Sony PCM-R300 DAT Deck
Turtle Beach Catalina sound card
Mustek Scan Express A3 1200 Scanner
Spin Clean Record Washer MKII

The Software:
Cool Edit Pro
Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006
Microsoft ICE

The Links:



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11 Responses to “World’s Famous Supreme Team (1984) Hey D.J. 12″”

  1. Taylor Made says:

    Classic! Thank you very much for sharing.

  2. Nick Styles says:

    This is a little add-on to your Brief. In 1998, a year after Mariah Carey put out Honey, Rapper AZ peaked at #50 on the Billboard R&B Charts with “Hey AZ” Feat. SWV, which further links to this song. Personally, Hey AZ, Honey & LSOB – Hey DJ were hits in the clubs that I was spinning at, at their respective times, regardless of their chart positions. Just thought I’d share that.
    Nick Styles

  3. GGNYC says:

    Early 1982, Malcolm McLaren was promoting the group Bow Wow Wow at the Peppermint Lounge in Lower Manhattan,NYC where he met Afrika Bambaataa. If we all know who released the song “Planet Rock” in the summer of ’82, it was Bambaataa [and the Soulsonic Force]. I found this piece of history to be very interesting and what a great era it was for music. Thanks for the share:)

  4. bobbih2 says:

    Thanks for sharing such a great old rap record!

  5. OPODER! says:

    “Where are all the DJs?”
    “In the USA on cable TV. On your radio stations and out in the streets”

    I don’t know about the rest of the world, but in Brazil this song was a big hit! For those who danced the ‘break’, this song remains an anthem (‘Hino’ in portuguese).
    If someone has the vinyl version with the “Extended Instrumental” (rip without remastering), please share.

    Thank you all.

    -> Please, “she’s like a hobo”, HOBO -> this word is a pejorative? What real mean in that song?


  6. collectedpoems says:

    great post! thank you!!!

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