Newcleus

Newcleus

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Although they recorded only two albums, Newcleus contributed one true electro classic in "Jam on Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song)," which has been immortalized on hundreds of hip-hop mixtapes and often included in even techno DJs' sets. The origins of Newcleus lay in a 1977 Brooklyn DJ collective known as Jam-On Productions, including Ben "Cozmo D" Cenac, his cousin Monique Angevin, and her brother Pete (all teenagers and still in high school). Many members - MCs as well as DJs - came and went as the group played block parties all over the borough, and by 1979, the group centered around Cenac, his future wife Yvette "Lady E" Cook, Monique Angevin, and her future husband, Bob "Chilly B" Crafton. (The foursome named their group Newcleus as a result of the coming together of their families). By this time, Cenac had begun to accumulate a collection of electronic recording equipment, and the quartet recorded a demo tape of material. With several minutes left at the end of the tape, Newcleus recorded a favorite from their block parties, with each member's vocals sped up to resemble the Chipmunks. The track, "Jam-On's Revenge" impressed producer Joe Webb more than the other Newcleus material, and it became the group's first single, released in 1983 on Mayhew Records. A huge street success, the track became known unofficially as "the Wikki-Wikki song" (after the refrain); when it was re-released later that year on Sunnyview Records, it had become "Jam on Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song)". The single hit Top 40 on the R&B charts in 1983, and its follow-up, "Jam on It," did well on even the pop charts. "Computer Age (Push the Button)" was a more mature single, with accomplished rapping and better synthesizer effects, and it also hit the R&B Top 40. The first Newcleus LP, Jam on Revenge, was a bit of a disappointment, and their second album, Space Is the Place, did even more poorly upon release in 1984. Without a single as noteworthy as "Jam on Revenge" or "Computer Age", and with the advent of Run-DMC's organic, rock-influenced approach to rap music, Newcleus faded quickly. Though the Cenacs and the Craftons continued to record sporadically until 1989, they didn't hit the R&B charts after 1986.
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Newcleus Discography

Albums

Newcleus Jam On Revenge (Album) Sunnyview UK 1984 Sell This Version
Newcleus Space Is The Place (Album) Sunnyview US 1985 Sell This Version
Newcleus Jam On This (Album) Bellaphon Germany 1990 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Newcleus Jam On Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song) (Single, Maxi) Sunnyview US 1983 Sell This Version
Newcleus Automan / Where's The Beat (Maxi) Sunnyview US 1984 Sell This Version
Newcleus Computer Age (Push The Button) (Maxi, Single) Sunnyview US 1984 Sell This Version
Newcleus Jam On It (Single, Maxi) Sunnyview Portugal 1984 Sell This Version
Newcleus I Wanna Be A B-Boy (Maxi) Sunnyview US 1985 Sell This Version
Newcleus Destination Earth (1999) Sunnyview US 1984 Sell This Version
Newcleus Space Is The Place / Cyborg Dance (Maxi) Sunnyview Germany 1985 Sell This Version
Newcleus Let's Jam Sunnyview US 1985 Sell This Version
Newcleus Na Na Beat Sunnyview US 1986 Sell This Version
Newcleus Jam On It / Jam On Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song) (Single) Sunnyview UK 1984 Sell This Version
Newcleus Huxtable House Party Super Power Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Newcleus We're So Hyped! Super Power Records Germany 1988 Sell This Version
Newcleus She's Bad Super Power Records Germany 1988 Sell This Version
120·07·271 Newcleus Mega Mix(12", P/Mixed) Sunnyview, Bellaphon 120·07·271 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
130.07.274 Newcleus Jam On It / She's Bad(CD, Maxi) Bellaphon 130.07.274 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
Newcleus 50 Ways To Get Funky / Jam For The '90's (Maxi) Mayhew Records, Mayhew Records Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Newcleus Jam On This (Maxi) Hot, Bellaphon Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Newcleus Jam On This (Re-Mix) Home Base Records, Home Base Records US 1991 Sell This Version
Newcleus / Extra T's Newcleus / Extra T's - Jam On It / Ex'tra T's Boogie Sunnyview, Hot Classics US 1992 Sell This Version
HB 5073 Newcleus And The Next Generation Newcleus And The Next Generation - Baby I Love You(12") Home Base HB 5073 US 1993 Sell This Version
Newcleus Wikki Wikki (Single, Maxi) Unidisc US 1994 Sell This Version
HB 501 Newcleus Trigger(12") Home Base HB 501 US 1994 Sell This Version

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