Man Parrish Featuring Freeze Force ‎– Boogie Down (Bronx)

Sugarscoop ‎– SS-430
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


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Issued in a die-cut company sleeve (blue with Sugarscoop logo). This is the original pressing with the Frankford/Wayne and EDP stamps in the run out grooves. The EDP stamps are inside ovals.

The duration of side A is printed on the label as 5:10, but the fade-out continues to 5:19.

Selected info from labels (both sides):
Recorded at Man Made Studios, New York.
℗ 1984 Sugarscoop, Inc.
Manufactured by Importe/12 Records Division, Sugarscoop, Inc., 915 Broadway, N.Y., NY 10010 Made in U.S.A.

Info on sleeve reverse:
Manufactured by Importe/12 Records Division, Sugarscoop, Inc., 915 Broadway, New York, NY 10010 (212) 505-2511 Made in U.S.A.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Centre label side A): SS-430A
  • Matrix / Runout (Centre label side B): SS-430B
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings side A): SS-430-A HERbiE JR :v) ANgiE "ANoThER FREsh BoogiE DowN MiX" PAT BoogiE DowN DA BRoNx BETh BoogiE DowN DA BRoNx ANgiE BoogiE DowN DA BRoNx HERbiE JR BoogiE DowN DA BRoNx M2
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings side B): SS-430-B-1 HERbiE JR :v) M2
  • Matrix / Runout (Machine stamps both sides): MASTERING BY FRANKFORD/WAYNE NEW YORK EDP
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 17) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SS-430 Man Parrish Featuring Freeze Force Man Parrish Featuring Freeze Force - Boogie Down (Bronx)(12", HRM) Sugarscoop SS-430 US 1984 Sell This Version
POSPX 731 DJ Man Parrish Boogie Down(12", Promo) Polydor POSPX 731 DJ UK 1984 Sell This Version
INT 111.592 Man Parrish Boogie Down (Bronx)(7", Single) YXA INT 111.592 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
YE-132 Man Parrish Featuring Freeze Force Man Parrish Featuring Freeze Force - Boogie Down (Bronx)(7") Sugarscoop YE-132 US 1984 Sell This Version
INT 126.509 Man Parrish Featuring Freeze Force Man Parrish Featuring Freeze Force - Boogie Down (Bronx)(12", Maxi, Mar) YXA INT 126.509 Germany 1984 Sell This Version


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August 8, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
Excerpts from my Man Parrish interview for Electronic Standards:

"Boogie Down Bronx started as a fun and crazy dance track. I did it in my bedroom studio at home back in 1983. I used the Roland 808 Drum Machine and the Roland 727 Percussion Machine for percussion. The Prophet 5, Pro One and Casio CZ1 for synths. I also used the Emulator One as my Sampler. At the time, it was the only affordable sampler, other than the $10,000 Fairlight. The Emulator was a few thousand dollars and only sampled 2 seconds maximum!

I probably had my early 512k Mac Plus (that's 512 kilobytes maximum memory) with Opcode's early software sequencer running (very unstable and not tight musically). But none of these keyboards were MIDI, this is at the very start of MIDI, and not many synths had MIDI built in. So, I used the software to Sync the bass and the drums using a Roland Midi To Voltage Converter Box, that would translate the midi on the computer, to control voltages that the synths would understand. What ever didn't have Voltage Control, like the sampler, I laid down by hand. How did I ever do this and not loose my mind? Lol!

Everything was recorded to my Tascam 8 Track 1/2 in tape recorder, and mixed with my Tascam 8 Track Mixer and a Spring Reverb. Spring Reverbs were a box with a coiled spring inside. It would send sound down the spring and on the other side, it had a pick up (like a guitar) that captured the reverb sound. It had no settings. It was input and output levels only. You couldn't control the size of the reverb, it was basically one setting. Also when recording to 8-track tape, you didn't have many tracks available, so you had to be creative with your music and your arrangements.

There was a kid in my neighborhood call John Carter. He used to sit on the front steps of my house, and rap to me every time I came home. He wanted to be on a record. At that time I wasn't doing anything with rap on it. I would enjoy what he did, and thank him, but I basically had no tracks for RAP at that time.

We finished boogie down Bronx and on a whim, decided to use John Carter to RAP on it. We let him hear the track, and told him he had two hours to write something for it, and we would see how it would turn out. He basically did that track in one take after writing it in two hours. Totally amazing!

We mixed it to two track half-inch tape, pressed up some vinyl, and the rest is history…

Basically, most of the records I did back in those days were done on eight track half inch tape. The advantage was that you had to use your tracks wisely, so there wasn't a lot of room for filler. You had to think on your feet, and get your song done in as few steps as possible.

The outcome was that you wrote some very basic and interesting songs, so people didn't have to fight through huge productions to listen to, and understand what you were doing. Basic songs I believe are universal. Make something simple and basic and you've got your point across. People can easily understand it, and that's what a good hit record is all about...!"


November 9, 2013
Absolute all time old school classic!!!!!!


September 28, 2013
Does,nt this sound like Neucleus "jam on it"


July 30, 2012
edited over 4 years ago

I remember the first time I heard this track. I was completely crazy! Man parrish production at its best, combining vocoders bombastic tones and precise handling machines the way we love. Mc Johnski is the personification of skilled Emcee. Fast rhymes, verses and polished, creativity, ease of expression, perfect timbre, lyrical skills potential.

In this record, I know just done for him, through the artistic pseudonym of Rama, with the track titled "Go Go Get Down." Now the question remains: why an emcee as slick as this record only two tracks and other bad feel entitled to write so many songs?
You can listen to 100 songs of the so-called "mc's" of the moment, the critically acclaimed, the highly regarded of such great age of rap, and will not hear an original song like this. The truth is there, and insisitem blind not to see.




July 31, 2011
edited over 6 years ago
I never imagined they could do ANOTHER SUCCESS AS GOOD AS THE FIRST!


January 25, 2011
edited over 4 years ago
For me, this is the best early electro hip-hop track.

Almost as good is the dub version - it loses Jonski's rhymes, but allows Man Parrish extra room to let his imagination run riot.


March 30, 2004

Heavy vocoder / Casio tracks with a hard NY street attitude and killer hooks? Just pick this up, it's all you need. Murderous.