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Rhythm ControllMy House

Label:Catch A Beat Records – 2160
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Style:House, Garage House


A1My House (Radio Edit)4:20
A2My House (Long Version)7:40
B1My House (Dub Mix)6:06
B2My House (Acapella)3:08

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Catch a Beat Records (logo) Subsidiary of Starville Records
Subsidiary Of Starville Record Company

℗ & © 1987 Madison Street Publishing (BMI)

Total duration for both B-side tracks on the label is 9:14

Available in this green label pressing and an identical clear blue label pressing.
Bootlegged in august 2008.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Etchings): S-2160-A SIDE 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Etchings): S.2160-B SIDE 2
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
My House (12", 33 ⅓ RPM)Catch A Beat Records2160US1987
My House (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Reissue, Unofficial Release)Catch A Beat Records (2)2160UK2008
My House (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Unofficial Release)Catch A Beat Records (2)2160USUnknown
greenie2600's profile picture
It's amazing that this has never been repressed. Certified hood classic.
DJ_Roland's profile picture
Edited one year ago
This must be one of the most amazing and defining records in house music history, be it in the form of a speech in essence, but also in a way one of the most mysterious records. The main question still remains for me, who exactly is Jack? Is it a God? Or is it a spiritual state of being which just creates itself when the vibe is right. When everything aligns correctly and you follow the right signs. And is it called Jack, because Jack makes you jack your body, like a dancing devil taking possession of you.
It is interesting as the speecher entitles He, is Jack. He is the creator. He is the housekeeper and it is his house. But starts the speech with it as it is a spiritual thing in no living form which just came down as existence which can live on by passing through, then switching to a personification that he is the creator while later declares everybody can become a Jacker and ending it as a spiritual form owned by nobody but can become anybody.
Pretty amazing stuff and I can clearly see why a religious spiritualist only could do such a breathtaking and deep speech which can still blow you away for decades to come. And the awesome thing is it was created right at a time where this Jack feeling and expression was becoming apparent in the first warehouse parties where house music was said to be born. There was a brotherhood especially also for the gay people at that time who could express themselves without fear. Everyone was equal, all is one. A defining moment in history to also record this milestone. Stunning. And a pretty random name for a God too by the way ;-)
crateinvader's profile picture
The easiest way to tell the difference between the original light green label release and the reissue is the position of the print on bottom edge of the label that starts with “SUBSIDIARY OF STARVILLE RECORD COMPANY” - on the original 1987 pressing, it starts where ‘Vocals By Chuck Roberts’ is printed. On the later reissue from 2008, it starts where ‘Claudius Parker’ is printed.
orchidrecords's profile picture
Hello everyone i worked for the owner of Catch a Beat Records "TOM LEWIS" for 10years as one of the dj spinning at the Factory night club. The main artist was "Quick Mix Claus" "Bruce Abbott" Chuck Roberts was ask to sing on the record. The label was base at the westside of chicago a club call the "FACTORY" Mr.Larry Heard doesn't own the rights of "MY HOUSE" he sample chucks vocal's to add on his Can You Feel It track.....

George_Beyond's profile picture
Edited 2 years ago
During the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE, The Netherlands) in october 2017 Chuck Roberts was invited to open the event. In an interview he told some details about his speech. On a night in 1987 at 2 pm he was contacted by his friend and producer of the track Tony Lewis to explain to the public what house music means. Lewis was in the studio working on a track with Claudius Parker and Bruce Abbott at that time. They told Roberts that they needed his voice because he was religious and spiritual. In their eyes he was the man who could express the feeling of the music. The speech was done in 5 takes and came straight from the heart stated Roberts.
Wickedmarkonwax's profile picture
An absolute Jem !
hottlipps's profile picture
wow, the tune that plays after the acapella is insanely good. I really wish there was a whole version like that! I don't think the acapella has anything to do with larry heard's production though, because every part is in the other mixes - just not arranged as well.
Alain_Patrick's profile picture
Edited 14 years ago
When you think about the timeless and most essential vocals on the history of dance music, several names may come into your mind: Sinnamon, Bernard Fowler from NYC Peech Boys, Byron Stingily from Ten City, Robert Owens, Colonel Abrams, and of course, Chuck Roberts, the guy behind the seminal vocals about House Music (also called "My House).
Most of you may have heard Chuck Robert's acappella under the classic "Can You Feel It" by Fingers Inc, a project of Larry Heard.
In fact, Desire Records was the label through where Larry Heard had the opportunity to release "Can You Feel It" with the Chuck Roberts acappella, but the original by Chuck Roberts came out one year before, on this obscure release on Catch A Beat.
The arrangements and atmosphere on "Can You Feel It" by Fingers Inc. are far more sophisticated to go with "My House" acappella than "My House" by Rhythm Controll, but this single was the very first place where "My House" acappella by Chuck Roberts came out.
The lyrics are very Soulful, emotional - a sort of testament about House Music, the importance of Jack, the true spirit of the genre, and its Universal nature (as you can witness on its whole ouverture "In the beginning, there was Jack / and Jack had a groove / And from this groove came the grooves of all grooves / And while one day viciously throwing down on his box / Jack boldly declared "Let There Be House!" / And House music was born!(...)")
The list of artists of different genres that sampled this acappella on their productions is unbelieveable and nearly impossible to mention: House (The Creator), Techno (FEOS vs. M/S/O), Drum n' Bass (Doc Scott, Nu:Tone), Industrial (Revolting Cocks) are only some of those who made use of this magnificent piece of history.
phrasedjs's profile picture
Edited 16 years ago
My House to me is the epitome of house. The song just has so much emotion for me, maybe it's all the times I have heard the acappella played by DJ's over the top of some other random record. But for me the original cannot be topped. Cost me an absolute fortune for this record but believe me if you have the chance to buy one do not miss it. No collection is complete without it.
BABYDIDDY's profile picture
Edited 16 years ago
The acapella is a little more than that...! First you have the Chuck Roberts acapella, then you have a short instrumental piece which then becomes the full Can You Feel It version with the accapella over it (Larry Heard is uncredited here!) Basically it is both sides of the Desire release of Fingers Inc plus a little more!