Earl Smith Jr.

Earl Smith Jr.

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Earl Smith, Jr.
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Earl Smith Jr. (died September 21, 2016) also known professionally as Spank Spank, Spanky and DJ Phuture, was a DJ, vocalist, drum programmer, producer and a pioneer of the acid house genre. In 1985 he co-founded the group Phuture. In addition to his work with Phuture, he also released solo works.

His music was released on labels such as Trax Records, Strictly Rhythm, Emotive Records, Dance Mania, Force Inc. Music Works, Djax-Up-Beats and Music Man Records. He also collaborated and worked alongside and remixed for many artists including DJ Pierre, Herbert Jackson, Rio "The Musician" Lee, Marshall Jefferson, Mike "Hitman" Wilson, L.A. Williams, Proffessor Traxx, Felix Da Housecat, Hardfloor, Lil' Louis, J.R. Jordan, Roy Davis Jr., Ron Maney aka DJ Skull and Victor Blackful. He was also in various innovative groups over the years such as Phuture, Phortune, Phuture 303, The Original Creators, 3 Tha Hardway, Fade 2 Tha Phuture, Group X and III Phase.

His love for House Music started back in the early 1980's when he and friends Nathaniel Pierre Jones and Herbert Jackson would go hear innovative DJ Ron Hardy play at the infamous Music Box in Chicago and would get lost for hours on end in his sound. Spank talked to Pierre and Herb about forming their own group, later to be named Phuture, so they could produce their own music and give what came about of their sessions to Hardy to play in his sets. In 1985 Spank came across a (at the time) a written off Roland TB-303 not knowing that they would go on to make history when they created a new type of sound to come out of it and Chicago. Tweaking the knobs at the same time the patterns were playing they used the 303 for something other than what it was originally made for. It was to be called later on by those who would hear it as "Acid House".

As one of the founding members, lead drum programmer and main vocalist in Phuture, Spanky's deep voice can be heard on their classic tracks such as "Your Only Friend" (KoKane), "We Are PHUTURE", "Can You Feel The Bass", "Spank Spank", (which at the time got tons of airplay on the radio), "The Creator" and the timeless and often remixed "Rise From Your Grave". And who could forget his work and haunting laugh on Hardfloor's "Hardfloor Will Survive". Phuture's debut track "Acid Tracks" caused havoc on dance floors in Chicago when it was originally released in 1986 and Hardy broke it on cassette tape in his sets. It then went on to ignite a fire in Great Britain when Marshall Jefferson produced it and it was officially released on Traxx Records in 1987. That track went onto spread around the world many times over and spawned imitators and fans to this day still crediting it as the reason for them wanting to produce music or the reason for their emergence into the dance music scene.

With as rich a history as DJ Spank Spank had, one would think that would suffice. But not being one to sit still, DJ Spank Spank also ran the 24/7 internet radio station "Global Traxx Radio" with fellow Chicagoan Charles "DJ Turk" Tyler where they streamed DJ mixes by both artists from around the world and themselves to an ever growing audience. As their mission statement read, they were "Keeping the history of House Music stirring by creating an unpretentious, diverse and supportive environment for new talent while still embracing the ever changing face of House Music and respecting those who paved the way before them".
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Various Acid Rout (as Earl Smith) and 1 more… Various - Aciiid Bang! (Comp) Needle Records UK 1988 Sell This Version
UPFT 11 Various Slam (Trax Over-Ride Mix) (as Smith) Various - Upfront Eleven(LP, Comp) Serious Records (2) UPFT 11 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Phuture Phuture - We Are Phuture (Maxi, EP) Trax Records US 1988 Sell This Version
DRUG 3 Various Stomach Acid (as E Smith) and 5 more… Various - Acid Trax Volume 3(2xLP, Comp) Needle Records DRUG 3 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Various Slam (as E. Smith) and 1 more… Various - Acid Trax Volume 2 (Album, Comp) Serious Records (2) UK 1988 Sell This Version
ZYX 6066-12 Various We Are Phuture (as E. Smith) Various - Acid In The House Mix Vol. 1(12", P/Mixed) ZYX Records ZYX 6066-12 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
Various Phuture Will Survive (as E Smith) and 1 more… Various - House Hallucinates Pump Up London Volume One (Comp, Album) Breakout, Breakout Australasia 1988 Sell This Version
GLX 9088 Various We Are Phuture (as E. Smith) Various - Acid In The House(CD, Comp) Galaxis GLX 9088 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
HOBX 1 Various Slam (as E. Smith) and 1 more… Various - The House Story So Far... The Past, The Present, The Future...(10xLP, Comp, Ltd, P/Mixed + Box) Serious Records (2) HOBX 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Various Acid Bass (as E Smith) and 1 more… Various - Acid Trax Volume 3 (Comp) Trax Records US 1989 Sell This Version
Phortune Lose Control (Vocal Mix) (as E. Smith) and 1 more… Phortune - Lose Control / Ramsey's Jazz Strictly Rhythm US 1992 Sell This Version
BIT 9215-12 Phase IV Slam! (Future Shock Version '92) (as E. Smith) Phase IV - Braindamage E.P.(12", EP) Bit Bites Brain BIT 9215-12 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
CCSCD 377 Various Battery Acid (as E.Smith) and 3 more… Various - Acid House Classics(CD, Comp) Touchdown Records CCSCD 377 UK 1993 Sell This Version
Various Slam (as E.Smith) Various - Best Of Acid Volume Three (Comp) Low Price Music UK 1994 Sell This Version
SR12257 Phuture Phuture - Mental Breakdown(12") Strictly Rhythm SR12257 US 1994 Sell This Version
SR12234 Phuture Phuture - Spirit(12") Strictly Rhythm SR12234 US 1994 Sell This Version
The Original Creators Creators Anthem (as E. Smith) and 1 more… The Original Creators - Roys Revenge Strictly Rhythm US 1994 Sell This Version
Spanky Presents Phaze 23 Spanky Presents Phaze 23 - United States Of Acid Red Cat Records US 1994 Sell This Version
SR321CD Lil' Louis I Believe (Original Mix) (as E. Smith Jr.) Lil' Louis - Pride '95(CD, Comp, Mixed) Strictly Rhythm SR321CD US 1995 Sell This Version
74321 27934 2 Graeme Park, Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Justin Robertson Roy's Revenge (as E. Smith) Graeme Park, Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Justin Robertson - Cream Live(2xCD, Mixed, Bla) Deconstruction 74321 27934 2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Spank Spank Spank Spank - Da EP (EP) Sex Trax US 1995 Sell This Version
Various Acid Trax (as Smith) Various - Flux Trax (Comp) EXP Recordings UK 1995 Sell This Version
D.J. Pierre* Presents Spank-Spank* D.J. Pierre* Presents Spank-Spank* - I Believe Strictly Rhythm US 1995 Sell This Version
SPV 087-59592 Various We Are Phuture (Slam Remix) (as E Smith) Various - World Techno Alliance(2xCD, Comp) Total Recall (3) SPV 087-59592 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
Various Rainmaker (Spanky's Groove Mix) (as E. Smith Jr.) Various - X:treme Power (Comp) X:treme Records, Power Music Records UK 1996 Sell This Version

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jkds70

jkds70

September 28, 2016
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Phuture - Your Only Friend - for me one of the best records ever...
Such a sad loss, RIP Spanky...

ijustspeak

ijustspeak

September 22, 2016
Rest in Power you pioneer. Real deal innovator of Acid House..