Frankie Bones

Real Name:
Frank Mitchell
Profile:
American DJ and producer, instrumental in popularising the Techno genre in Europe.
Born In 1966 and brother of Adam X

started DJing in Brooklyn NYC after working for 4 months at Apexton Records, in the pressing plant and in A&R for their label, Underworld Records.

Big break in his career was when he became a DJ at "Energy" (The Eclipse) raves in the UK.

"Frankie Bones is the most visible DJ and taste-maker of New York's independent techno scene during the 1980s and '90s, both through his nation-trotting club appearances and frenetic mix-album schedule (which approaches three per year). After five years of DJ appearances, Bones began producing as well in 1987, with as Musto & Bones. Their stellar remixes and tracks for Nu Groove Records made it the home of some of New York's hottest contemporary productions. In 1990, the pair released an album for RCA named The Future Is Ours, and the single "All I Want to Do Is Get Away" became a huge hit on dancefloors. Though he separated from soon after their LP, Bones' success gave him entry into the world of international DJing during the early '90s, and his remix work for and others led to a reputation as one of the preeminent house godfathers. He released almost a dozen CD's during the mid-to-late-'90s, including multiple volumes in the mix-album series Factory and Computer Controlled as well as his own production work on the 1998 house chronicle Technolo-G. These were followed a year later with a slew of EPs and singles from the New York native. Taking a more commercial path from his independent label Sonic Groove, Bones released the mix CD You Know My Name on Moonshine in November of 2000; a handful of other mix albums, along with a couple production-oriented projects, followed during the next several years. He has also recorded mixes for System, Instinct, and 611. His brother is also a high-profile DJ and producer." - John Bush, Rovi
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AP 135 Volume 2 (Raw Beats For D.J.'s) — Frankie Bones Frankie "Bones"* Presents Bonesbreaks Frankie "Bones"* Presents Bonesbreaks - Volume 2 (Raw Beats For D.J.'s)(LP) Underworld Records AP 135 US 1988 Sell This Version
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AP 136 Volume 3 (Dope Breaks For D.J.'s) — Frankie Bones Frankie "Bones"* Presents Bonesbreaks Frankie "Bones"* Presents Bonesbreaks - Volume 3 (Dope Breaks For D.J.'s) Underworld Records AP 136 US 1989 Sell This Version
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NG-023 Looney Tunes - Volume One — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones, Lenny Dee Frankie Bones, Lenny Dee - Looney Tunes - Volume One (EP) Nu Groove Records NG-023 US 1989 Sell This Version
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AP 144 Volume 5 (The Original Raw & Raunchy Beats For DJ's) — Frankie Bones Frankie "Bones"* Presents Bonesbreaks Frankie "Bones"* Presents Bonesbreaks - Volume 5 (The Original Raw & Raunchy Beats For DJ's) Underworld Records AP 144 US 1990 Sell This Version
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BBR-1000 Volume 4 (More Filthy, Dirty Breaks For DJ's) — Frankie Bones Frankie "Bones"* Presents Bonesbreaks Frankie "Bones"* Presents Bonesbreaks - Volume 4 (More Filthy, Dirty Breaks For DJ's) (Album) Breaking Bones Records BBR-1000 US 1990 Sell This Version
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NG-050 Looney Tunes II — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones & Lenny Dee Frankie Bones & Lenny Dee - Looney Tunes II (EP) Nu Groove Records NG-050 US 1990 Sell This Version
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TX 5034 Bone Up! — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones Bone Up! Trax Records TX 5034 US 1995 Sell This Version
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U9601 Bonesbreaks Volume 11 - Raw Beats For D.J.'s — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones Bonesbreaks Volume 11 - Raw Beats For D.J.'s(LP, Gre) Underworld Records U9601 US 1996 Sell This Version
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62 6 24K - Caffeine Gold — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones 24K - Caffeine Gold(Cass, Mixed, Mixtape) Caffeine Gold 62 6 US 1996 Sell This Version
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none Frankie Bones Limited Edition Live Mix - Nov 2000(CDr, Ltd, Mixed, Promo) Moonshine Music none US 2000 Sell This Version
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FB321 5 Drum Machines, 4 Effect Processors, 3 Samplers, 2 Turntables, and 1 Mixer : Future Concepts in Underground Invention — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones 5 Drum Machines, 4 Effect Processors, 3 Samplers, 2 Turntables, and 1 Mixer : Future Concepts in Underground Invention(Cass) Sonic Groove FB321 US 2001 Sell This Version
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PROXCD3 The Thin Line Between Fantasy & Reality — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones The Thin Line Between Fantasy & Reality (Album) Pro-Jex PROXCD3 UK 2002 Sell This Version
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SER 6007 Army Of One — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones Army Of One (Album) System Recordings SER 6007 US 2002 Sell This Version
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SYS1055-2 Act Like You Know — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones Act Like You Know(CD, Mixed) System Recordings SYS1055-2 US 2005 Sell This Version
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RA.EX272 RA.EX272 Frankie Bones — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones RA.EX272 Frankie Bones(File, MP3, 320) Resident Advisor RA.EX272 UK 2015
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Singles & EPs

BBR-400 Call It Techno — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones Call It Techno (EP) Breaking Bones Records BBR-400 US 1989 Sell This Version
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XLT 5 CD Just As Long As I Got You — Frankie Bones Frankie "Bones"* & Lenny "Dee"* Frankie "Bones"* & Lenny "Dee"* - Just As Long As I Got You (Single) XL Recordings XLT 5 CD UK 1989 Sell This Version
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DD 2 Drumdrops Vol. 2 (Essential Break Beats & Loops) — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones & Lenny Dee Frankie Bones & Lenny Dee - Drumdrops Vol. 2 (Essential Break Beats & Loops)(12") Big Break DD 2 US 1989 Sell This Version
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X-001 Call It Techno (Remixes) — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones Call It Techno (Remixes) X Records (US), X Records (US) X-001 US 1990 Sell This Version
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FABU 007 Crossbones E.P. — Frankie Bones Adam X & Frankie Bones Adam X & Frankie Bones - Crossbones E.P. (EP) Fabulous Music UK FABU 007 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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GWR 001 Bonesbreaks Volume 6 - A New Generation Of Rhythms & Breaks For DJ's — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones Bonesbreaks Volume 6 - A New Generation Of Rhythms & Breaks For DJ's Groove World Records America GWR 001 US 1992 Sell This Version
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FABU 009 Trapezoid — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones Trapezoid Fabulous Music UK FABU 009 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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Bonesbreaks #8 Bonesbreaks Volume 8 (Progressive Aggressive Freestyle Fusion EP) — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones Bonesbreaks Volume 8 (Progressive Aggressive Freestyle Fusion EP) (EP) Groove World Records America Bonesbreaks #8 USA & Canada 1992 Sell This Version
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GWR 006 Bonesbreaks 7 (The Progressive Vibe E.P.) — Frankie Bones Frankie Bones Bonesbreaks 7 (The Progressive Vibe E.P.) (EP) Groove World Records America GWR 006 US 1993 Sell This Version
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FABU 020T Thunderground E.P. — Frankie Bones DJ Frankie Bones* Thunderground E.P. (EP) Fabulous Music UK FABU 020T UK 1993 Sell This Version

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MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73

MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73

May 12, 2021
Frankie Bones gets a flight over to here the UK at a perfect time of total uncertainty within the UK... 1988 he produced a breakbeat track https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj0wR-k9aLU&t=4s
BONESBREAKS BACARDI 151 BEATS.... Is this the first real breakbeat that the UK heard and influenced them to start the sound of hardcore....? In some ways yes in the context of Jungle Funk Breakbeat by 'In The Jungle Groove] James Brown... Pills were here and it scared the weed-smoking and alcohol community at first (levels of history here) especially the UK Hip Hop community.. Suddenly what we thought as a movement that could properly publicize the untruths suddenly got flooded with ecstasy unrealities... Due to certain difficulties with my family at 16, I decided to try out this 'rave'? Now I was a hardcore B-Boy Hip Hopper since 81 (79 Rappers Delight never impressed me) and then suddenly I experience a shining of ecstasy on the dancefloors... Black white gypsy homeless inner city or the carrot crunchy side were suddenly in one zone... Ecstasy....
Breakbeats to other music without the rap made some sort of sense... Hip Hop in the US was getting either angry or stoned and within the UK we were stoned and angry to ...But this wonder drug suddenly created love and peace and some bad returns to...

Anyway back to this particular track... Breakbeat dreams of a further future beyond that... ;)

To be continued.......
BillyJohnston

BillyJohnston

July 23, 2017
edited over 5 years ago
Most vinyl DJ's in the know with time under their belt have Bones records in their bag. Tracks, edits, & RMX's with his name that get the dance floor moving. Some of his live mix tapes/cd releases are the best around if you like high energy. One thing is for sure his skills can't be denied! LEGEND..In the 90's he played everywhere, and I couldn't understand his recent loss of popularity & bookings in the 2000's. I actually prefer his techno/house stuff over the breakbeat stuff he released, but that is just me. I sometimes wondered if that is kind of what isolated him in the end. Sometimes the breakbeat crowd can be very boxed in as a genre(meaning Breaks DJ's don't really care for Techno or House styles much) I personally like all types of music, but break beat parties only play Broken beat music & that style has loss popularity too. Anyway, Weather it was straight beat or broken beat it was high quality releases from Frankie Bones non the less. Not what is around now days... People today release tracks that are not even mastered or mixed right. It's a shame! Hope to see Bones return to the stage again. PLUR
djfrankiebones

djfrankiebones

February 24, 2016
I appreciate all the comments below. Somewhere in the past five years I got steamrolled by an onslaught of new talent which has turned this scene into a giant global phenomenon. But it's not over yet. Prepare for the next phase of this operation. New things are in the works.
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mandlefonk

mandlefonk

May 18, 2013
A dj legend statues will be made of this man.
3v3ts

3v3ts

May 12, 2010
seen , Frankie Bones is the originator of the North American rave scene, the man that started it all, the greatest, the be all and end all as far as I'm concerned , the producer AND the DJ that got me into this music and STILL the greatest 20 years after I first heard his shit. long live Frankie Bones !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tranceform8tion

Tranceform8tion

March 1, 2010
How is there not a review for this man? Thats like not having a review for Babe Ruth! This man is one of new yorks greats and is purely legendary. He is the godfather of the rave scene! From breakbeat to acid, from hip house to techno there is no denying this mans contributions to the techno scene! Not many can boast his resume! One of the few to have underground and commercial success and rightfully so!
From classics like bonebreaks to the hits of his collaberation with Lenny Dee (Looney Tunes) to the founder of one of the great labels (Sonic Groove) and the many CLASS mixed CDs which he has blessed us with over the years! Words cant express this man in simplistic form! He is a legend with a true love for the music! Frankie is techno! I wish we had more like him with that fire! Instead we are saturated with watered down no less then crappy acts such as Deadmau5 and all clones like him...... You want honest techno? Then why settle for imatations when you can have the real thing? Thank you Mr. Bones! I don't know what life would be like what out you!
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