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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

CK 90-49 Deee-Lite - Casey's Top 40 With Casey Kasem album art Various Groove Is In The Heart Various - Casey's Top 40 With Casey Kasem(6xLP, Transcription) Westwood One CK 90-49 US 1990 Sell This Version
R 90-42 Deee-Lite - Scott Shannon's Rockin' America - The All Request Top 30 Countdown October 20-21, 1990 album art Various Groove Is In The Heart Various - Scott Shannon's Rockin' America - The All Request Top 30 Countdown October 20-21, 1990(LP, Transcription) Westwood One Radio Network R 90-42 US 1990 Sell This Version
PCS-58 Deee-Lite - Warner-Pioneer Top Hits Selections 1990 October album art Various Groove Is In The Heart Various - Warner-Pioneer Top Hits Selections 1990 October(CD, Promo, Smplr) Warner Bros.-Pioneer PCS-58 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
CK 90-48 Deee-Lite - Casey's Top 40 With Casey Kasem  album art Various Groove Is In The Heart Various - Casey's Top 40 With Casey Kasem (5xLP, Transcription) Westwood One CK 90-48 US 1990 Sell This Version
DIDX990067 Deee-Lite - Hit Disc 871A album art Various Power Of Love Various - Hit Disc 871A(CD) TM Century DIDX990067 USA & Canada 1990 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite - Grandmix 90 album art Ben Liebrand Groove Is In The Heart and 1 more… Ben Liebrand - Grandmix 90 DMC UK 1991 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite - 14 Original Super Hits album art Various Groove Is In The Heart (as Deee Lite) Various - 14 Original Super Hits (Comp) Five Record Italy 1991 Sell This Version
CK 91-02 Deee-Lite - Casey's Top 40 With Casey Kasem album art Various Groove Is In The Heart Various - Casey's Top 40 With Casey Kasem(5xLP, Transcription) Westwood One CK 91-02 US 1991 Sell This Version
CK 91-01 Deee-Lite - Casey's Top 40 With Casey Kasem  album art Various Groove Is In The Heart Various - Casey's Top 40 With Casey Kasem (6xLP, Transcription) Westwood One CK 91-01 US 1991 Sell This Version
CK 91-03 Deee-Lite - Casey's Top 40 With Casey Kasem album art Various Groove Is In The Heart Various - Casey's Top 40 With Casey Kasem(5xLP, Transcription) Westwood One CK 91-03 US 1991 Sell This Version
DIDX990085 Deee-Lite - Hit Disc 880A album art Various E.S.P. Various - Hit Disc 880A(CD) TM Century DIDX990085 USA & Canada 1991 Sell This Version
none Deee-Lite - Untitled album art Various Thank You Everyday (The Spirit Mix) Various - Untitled(Cass, Promo, Smplr, Cr,) Wea Music none Germany 1992 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite - Dumb And Dumber (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Various You Sexy Thing Various - Dumb And Dumber (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album, Comp) RCA US 1994 Sell This Version
PRCD 9001-2 Deee-Lite - We're In Your Hands #2: A Summer Sampler From Elektra album art Various Picnic In The Summertime Various - We're In Your Hands #2: A Summer Sampler From Elektra(CD, Promo, Smplr) Elektra PRCD 9001-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
054A Various Picnic In The Summertime (LP Version) Various - HitDisc 054A(CD, Promo, Smplr) TM Century 054A US 1994 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite - Deep Magic Dance 50 - The Best Of 10 Years album art Various Groove Is In The Heart Various - Deep Magic Dance 50 - The Best Of 10 Years (Comp) Deep Dance, Deep Dance Germany 1997 Sell This Version
585 874-2 Deee-Lite - Sampler. Het Complete Overzicht Van 35 Jaar Top 40 album art Various Groove Is In The Heart Various - Sampler. Het Complete Overzicht Van 35 Jaar Top 40(CD, Promo, Smplr) Universal TV, Warner Strategic Marketing 585 874-2 Netherlands 2001 Sell This Version
050466281425 Deee-Lite - La Corneta album art Various, José Ramón San Cristobal* Groove Is In The Heart Various, José Ramón San Cristobal* - La Corneta(2xCD, Album) WEA 050466281425 Mexico 2002 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite - Herbal Blend album art The Herbaliser Groove Is In The Heart (Jelly Jam Beats) (as DeeeLite) The Herbaliser - Herbal Blend Ninja Tune, Ninja Tune UK 2003 Sell This Version
23-EOIO-01 Deee-Lite - Lycantropii Volume I (Karma Lust & Fury) album art Fritz Von Runte I Want Your Groove Back In The Heart (as Deee Lite) Fritz Von Runte - Lycantropii Volume I (Karma Lust & Fury)(20xFile, MP3, 192) Marshall Records (3) 23-EOIO-01 2003
Deee-Lite - ID&T Classics - The Megamixes album art Various Groove Is In The Heart (as Deeelite) Various - ID&T Classics - The Megamixes Universal TV Netherlands 2004 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite - Whatever The '90s Pop & Culture Box album art Various Groove Is In The Heart Various - Whatever The '90s Pop & Culture Box (Comp) Rhino Records (2) US 2005 Sell This Version
none Deee-Lite - The Lady Bunny Presents The IC Dinner, August 16, 2006 album art The Lady Bunny* Groove Is In The Heart The Lady Bunny* - The Lady Bunny Presents The IC Dinner, August 16, 2006(CD, Promo) Not On Label none US 2006 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite - The Kings Of Electro album art Playgroup And Alter Ego What Is Love (Holographic Goatee Mix) (as Deee Lite) Playgroup And Alter Ego - The Kings Of Electro (Comp) Rapster Records Germany 2007 Sell This Version
Deee-Lite - Masterpiece: Created By François K album art François K* What Is Love (Holographic Goatee Mix) François K* - Masterpiece: Created By François K Ministry Of Sound UK 2008 Sell This Version

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steamybrown2003

steamybrown2003

April 25, 2017
edited 7 months ago
I remember being 13 when "Groove..." first 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 “World Clique” CD on long drives to nowhere, and how much we liked it-the whole album was fun... I remember the Group being interviewed on MTV about their follow-up album "Infinity Within", and Lady Kier explaining that it was going to be a socially conscious record (“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 the group needed to trade in more serious minded songs like “Fuddy Duddy Judge” or "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 was that?😋). "Infinity..." was a sonic extension of "...Clique", but with an awareness you see ("Vote Baby Vote! I'm registered baby!"). Deee-Lite still knew how to have fun though, it wasn't all heavy handed, "Pussycat Meow" proved just that on dance floors, and the Murk Boys 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 the group could adapt to whatever dance music was morphing into next, whether it was Hip Hop Jazz, 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 on “Luv...”, and of course Mr. Knuckles on “Happy”. I once heard a whisper about Ms. Kier searching through her "records in the attic" or something, 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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