Dazz Band ‎– Joystick

Motown ‎– TMGT 1328
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single

Tracklist Hide Credits

A Joystick
Arranged By [Rhythm] – Eric Fearman, Bobby Harris*Written By – B. Harris-E. Fearman
B Don't Get Caught In The Middle
Arranged By [Rhythm] – Dazz*, Reggie AndrewsWritten By – R. Andrews-N. Chancler

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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other (Back Cover): PAK 200
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Label): TMGT 1328 A§
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Label): TMGT 1328 B§
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching): TMGT 1328 A-1-1-1-2 Penthouse
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching): TMGT 1328 B-1-1-1-2 Penthouse

Other Versions (5 of 12) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
120·15·034 Dazz Band Joystick(12", Maxi) Motown 120·15·034 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
100·15·107 Dazz Band Joystick(7", Single) Motown 100·15·107 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
ZB 69123 Dazz Band Joystick(7", Single) Motown, RCA Schallplatten GmbH ZB 69123 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
PR-130, 66933-D Dazz Band Joystick(12", Promo) Motown, Motown PR-130, 66933-D US 1983 Sell This Version
1701MF Dazz Band Joystick(7", Single, Promo) Motown 1701MF US 1983 Sell This Version


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April 12, 2019

This version was only available to radio and club djs and is by far the definitive mix. The album version was only available on 12" single and that was an import. The best Dazz recording besides "Let It Whip" which won a Grammy.


May 2, 2006
edited over 13 years ago
In the Detroit area circa 1983, we referred to more rap-oriented Electro simply as Electro, and this Boogie-Electro hybrid as "Electro Funk" (as opposed to the current state where the British derived term Electro Funk differintiates rap based Electro from Synth Pop).

This was usually lumped together with Midnight Star's "Operator", and the Bar-Kays' "Freak Show" when played at the roller rinks back then.

August 26, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
Is it funk? Is it electro? Or is ripped-off an Atari video game? Who knows? Who cares?! This is simply irresistable. There's a bit of everything in this double-waxed slice of glossy, mechanical yet undeniably soulful and funkalicious 80's disco. While it will always play second fiddle to 'Let It Whip', 'Joystick' remains one of Dazz Band's truly defining moments.