Saturday, November 13, 2010

Yo DUB, B gd 2 me!

Every now and then, when my 80s cravings strike, I remember one of the best one hit wonders to have ever hit my ears, infecting me with the dance bug, modifying my DNA and significantly improving my music taste buds.

Beats International group photo for Dub Be Good To Me SingleAs luck would have it, I first listened to this track back in in the very early ‘90s, just as my native Eastern European country was getting its first taste of freedom. It is one of the first dance tracks I kept playing obsessively. It belongs to Beats International, a one-hit wonder group. The only one with staying power was Norman Cook, who later on found notoriety as Fatboy Slim.



4 weeks at #1 - 13 weeks on chart

Tank fly boss walk jam nitty gritty
You're listening to the boy from the big bad city
This is jam hot
This is jam hot

Friends tell me I am crazy
That I'm wasting time with you
You'll never be mine
That's not the way I see it
Coz I feel you're glad you're mine
Whenever you're with me

People always talk about reputation
I don't care about your other girls
Just be good to me
Just be good to me
Tank fly boss walk jam nitty gritty
You're listening to the boy from the big bad city
This is jam hot
This is jam hot

Love is a game of chances
So I'll take my chance with you
And you I won't try to change
We talk about it and I'd
Rather have a piece of you
Than out of nothing

Just be good to me in the morning
Just be good to me in the afternoon or evening
Yeah just be good to me
I'm not the jealous kind
I won't tie you down
When you need me
I'll be around
I'll be good to you
You'll be good to me
We could be together, be together

(Just be good to me)
(Just be good to me)
(Just be good to me)
Tank fly boss walk jam nitty gritty
You're listening to the boy from the big bad city
This is jam hot

Obviously, the lyrics are written by a man and they represent a male’s fantasy. No real woman would ever say

  1. I don't care about your other girls
  2. And you I won't try to change

Here’s what Wikipedia tells us:

The track started out as in instrumental with the title "The Invasion of the Estate Agents". While also included as the B side to this single, it originally appeared as the B side to Norman Cook's 1989 single "For Spacious Lies". This instrumental track is heavily based on the bassline from The Clash's "Guns of Brixton" with a sample of the distinctive "harmonica" theme from the epic western film Once Upon a Time in the West, written by Ennio Morricone. This instrumental, in slightly remixed form, had vocals added from The SOS Band's "Just Be Good to Me" (as re-recorded by Lindy Layton) to form "Dub Be Good To Me". The track also features the distinctive vocals of David John-Baptiste, more commonly known as DJ Deejay or just DJ. The opening and closing line "tank fly boss walk jam nitty gritty you're listening to the boy from the big bad city, this is jam hot, this is jam hot" was from Johnny Dynell's 1983 hit "Jam Hot" and became an instant classic and was repeated often, being used as the most common reference to the song. The song was a massive hit spending 4 weeks at number one on the UK singles chart in February 1990. It was the 7th best-selling single of 1990 in the UK. In the U.S., the song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart and #76 on the Billboard Hot 100.

I miss those times, when marriage was a far away, nebulous possibility and living together was a really serious thing. Where did that feeling go?

Clicking the [links] below will open the video clips in the window.

Sources / More info: wiki-dub, wiki-cook, lyrics

Video: [Dub @ dailymotion] [Dub @ yt] [Dub Tsoy Remix 2010] [DJ Salaryman Dub Be Seekness] [Faithless] [Unreleased Syv2 Un1 Remix] [2008] [DJ Kaos Drum'n'Bass Remix] [Live in Holland] [ Pulse Sonic Mix] [Ku Ibiza '90] [UKG 2-step BM Dubs Remix] [Acoustic Cover XFM Manchester Radio] [In The Ghetto] [Robert Wilsdon Remix] [col m remix] [Sebastian Nawrat aka CJ SeeN remix] [Beats International - Won't Talk About It -Norman Cook Remix] [Revolver] [12" Extended Mix] [David Kassi & Dino R M1x] [Covers (15/05/09 Gig)] [UB40 kaemjott remix] [Turbo Mix] [beige] [The Clash - Guns Of Brixton Video] [Jane Child - Don't Wanna Fall In Love] [Lady Fingaz rmx] [Tha Phunky Phat DJ Kalo mix] [The Sun Doesn't Shine reggae] [Corey Davis REmix] [Jam Hot] [Dynell NY] [Dynell NY 88] [Tank 2010] [Doujah Raze - Virginia] [Cher Lloyd] [S.O.S. Band] [Won't Talk About It] [Tribute To King Tubby] [Absolut Bhangra 4] [Change Your Mind (Daou Piano Mix)] [Echo Chamber] [Total Mix 1989] [Jack Penate] [Dannie Kavanagh] [butterflyzzzz] [The Response Collective] [Dub Deluxe - Your're not good for me (Main mix)] [DJ L.A.B] [Karmah Just Be Good To Me /Raphie Romina Willy]

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