Deee-Lite

Deee-Lite

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Deee-Lite was an American house and club/dance group, formed in Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York, United States. The group's best-known single was "Groove Is in the Heart", from their 1990 debut album, "World Clique". However, Deee-Lite achieved longer lasting success on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, where they scored six number one hits.

Formed in 1986, the trio was led by vocalist Lady Miss Kier (born Kier Kirby in Youngstown, Ohio) and fleshed out by a pair of DJs, Super DJ Dmitry (a classically-trained guitarist and Russian emigre born Dmitry Brill) and Jungle DJ Towa Towa (born Doug Wa-Chung in Tokyo, Japan). Fusing house, techno, rap, ambient and funk music with an outrageous visual flair largely influenced by the Lower East Side's drag-queen community (Kier's fondness for Fluevog platform shoes helped the 1970s fashion revival gather steam), Deee-Lite became hugely popular among New York club denizens, and the trio's own unique cultural make-up earned them a following which ignored racial and sexual boundaries. In 1990, they debuted with the album "World Clique", a crossover smash thanks to hits like the looping classic "Groove Is in the Heart" (featuring the fluid bass guitar sampled from a Herbie Hancock song, vocals by Bootsy Collins, and a rap by a young Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest) and "Power of Love" (the latter of which hit #35 in the Top 40 Billboard.) With Bootsy Collins as musical director on the road, the band toured (without Towa) for two sellout world tours in 1991 opening for the likes of Grace Jones, Prince, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, and Parliament Funkadelic.

With their 1992 follow-up, "Infinity Within", Deee-Lite's music turned overtly political with songs about the environment, safe sex and democracy. Lady Miss Kier won the Environmental Media award by the WWF in 1992 and spoke at Princeton University and Cooper Union in 1993. Kier and Dmitry enlisted DJ Ani (previously know as, On-E) for 1994's "Dewdrops in the Garden", a sensual outing influenced by the growing rave culture. After recording the album, the band did one final world tour . With minimal record label support, Deee-Lite still managed to have a sellout world tour—consequently, "Dewdrops in the Garden" sold more records than "Infinity Within". 1996 saw a release of a remix compilation, "Sampladelic Relics & Dancefloor Oddities".
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Deee-Lite Discography Tracks

Albums

Deee-Lite World Clique (Album) Elektra, Elektra US 1990 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite Infinity Within (Album) Elektra US 1992 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite Dewdrops In The Garden (Album) Elektra US 1994 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Deee-Lite How Do You Say…Love / Power Of Love (Remix) (Maxi) Elektra Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite Groove Is In The Heart / Power Of Love (Single) Elektra US 1990 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite Good Beat (Single, Maxi) Elektra, Elektra US 1990 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite Power Of Love (Single) Elektra, Elektra, Elektra Australia 1990 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite Groove Is In The Heart / What Is Love? (Single, Maxi) Elektra Greece 1990 Sell This Version
ED 5461 Deee-Lite What Is Love?(12", Promo, Ltd) Elektra ED 5461 US 1990 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite E.S.P. (Single) Elektra US 1990 Sell This Version
PRCD 8198-2-A, PRCD 8198-2-B Deee-Lite / The Heart Throbs Deee-Lite / The Heart Throbs - Groove Is In The Heart / Dreamtime(2xCD, Maxi, Promo) Elektra, Elektra PRCD 8198-2-A, PRCD 8198-2-B US 1990 Sell This Version
7559-66577-0 Deee-Lite How Do You Say ... Love / Power Of Love / Build The Bridge(12") Elektra 7559-66577-0 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite How Do You Say ... Love / Groove Is In The Heart (Maxi, EP, Single) Elektra Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite E.S.P. / Good Beat (Single) Elektra, Elektra Japan 1991 Sell This Version
PROMO 407 Gianni Mazza / Deee-Lite Gianni Mazza / Deee-Lite - Il Lazzo / Groove Is In The Heart(7", Jukebox) WEA PROMO 407 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite Thank You Everyday (Maxi, Single) Elektra, Elektra US 1992 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite Pussycat Meow Elektra US 1992 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite Runaway / Rubber Lover (Maxi, Single) Elektra, Elektra Canada 1992 Sell This Version
PRCD 8575-2 Deee-Lite I Had A Dream I Was Falling Through A Hole In The Ozone Layer(CD, Single, Promo) Elektra PRCD 8575-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite Picnic In The Summertime (Single, Maxi) Elektra US 1994 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite Bring Me Your Love Elektra UK 1994 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite Call Me (Maxi, Single) Elektra US 1994 Sell This Version
# Ed 5684 Deee-Lite Party Happening People(12", TP) Not On Label # Ed 5684 US 1994 Sell This Version
DL - 01 Dee Lite* Pussy Cat Meow / Power Of Love(12") Not On Label DL - 01 1996 Sell This Version

Compilations

WPCP-4048 Deee-Lite Groove Is In The Heart(CD, Comp) Elektra WPCP-4048 Japan 1990 Sell This Version

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steamybrown2003

steamybrown2003

April 25, 2017
edited 5 months ago
I remember being 13 when "Groove..." came out, I remember my "Hippie" Art Teacher saying that she liked the song, thought it was fun, and that she recognized the Herbie Hancock sample, and I remember thinking that it was cool that my Art Teacher and I had that moment. I also remember my Mother and I playing the parent full length CD on long drives to nowhere, and how much we liked "World Clique"-the whole album was fun... I remember the Group being interviewed on MTV for their follow-up album "Infinity Within", and Lady Kier explaining that it was going to be a socially conscious affair (and let's face it, it was a pro choice record). I remember "Runaway" being the first CD maxi single I ever purchased, and being introduced to the Masters At Work remixes ("Take me away, release me, release me, release me from the pain...", indeed!)... Oh, I remember working for Sam Goodies (a record store chain) in 94', and the release of "Dewdrops In the Garden", and how I would push unsuspecting customers into buying "Dewdrops..." when they asked what was my favorite new record... Let's just say I remember Deee-Lite! "When you play it, say it!" ( I'm still promoting them).

"World Clique" is the Group's claim to fame, no doubt "Groove..." had a helping hand in that. Q-Tip, Bootsy Collins, Fred Wesley, & Maceo Parker thought enough of Deee-lite to join forces, and they all jammed on a full length that was really unlike anything else in the marketplace. The rubbery beat of "What Is Love?" still scratches my universal itch even today... But it was "Infinity Within" that really added depth to their success, and made me understand that dance music could be a powerful and meaningful force. I remember assembling the eco-pak for that album, I felt involved and engaged putting it together (who said that they needed to trade in serious songs like "I Had A Dream I Was Falling Through A Hole In The Ozone Layer" for another radio friendly song like "Groove Is In Your Heart", who?!). "Infinity..." was a sonic extension of "...Clique", but with an awareness you see ("Vote Baby Vote! I'm registered baby!"). They still knew how to have fun, it wasn't all heavy handed, "Pussycat Meow" proved just that, and Murk turned it into an underground classic with their dark and groovin' remix. You can also hear "Dewdrops..." coming down the pipeline on Deee-Lite's own "Meow" and "Pussy Power" mixes of the song, if you listen closely that is. "Dewdrops..." showed that they could adapt to whatever dance music was morphing into next, whether it was Hip Hop, House, or Jungle, it didn't matter, they did it with ease...Sadly, and rather abruptly it ended there, the group disbanded, each going their own ways. Towa scored a few classic goodies on his own with "Luv Connection" and "Happy", thanks again to the Masters At Work, and of course Mr. Knuckles. And I only heard a whisper about Ms. Kier possibly searching through her "records in the attic", but that still remains a whisper of long ago, I don't know if she ever found those records, and if she had, what was she going to do with them... I'll love Deee-Lite always of course, because I remember just how "Deee-Gorgeous" they really were, a unique little dance group who reminded us all "that Groove really is in your Heart"................................."Your Groove I do deeply dig, no walls on either bridge, my super dish, my succotash wish,...Sing It Baby!".
airwolffliesagain

airwolffliesagain

March 4, 2016
Awesomely talented musicians. One of my fave Dance Music groups. Happy vibes, lively tunes, astounding deep beats, great pleasant vocals... A must listen to and a must see as well!
TechNoBoyDJ

TechNoBoyDJ

January 28, 2015
The BEST 90's TRIO....love every single they released and the whole albums they did contain music gems inside ....DEEE LITE is just DEEE LICIOUS !!
Thank u guys for the good music, hopefuly one day u get back Dmitri Brill, Lady Miss Kier and Towa Tei
Lady-Miss-Kier

Lady-Miss-Kier

August 16, 2012
A truly unique and very underrated band way ahead of their time.
They will always be remembered for Groove is in the heart but that was only one little piece
of all the great music they put out.
They mixed together many different music styles and also the fashion of Deee-Lite had a major
influence on designers, especially the deee-groovy retrostyle of Lady Kier.
With this band you can see what in today´s music industry is missing most: Individuality, a very sexy front singer that really can sing, the love for music and not only the money behind and a good mixture through the music genres.
Highly recommended trio!!!!

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