S-Express*Theme From S-Express

Label:Rhythm King – LEFT 21T
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Style:Acid House


Platform 1
ATheme From S-Express5:58
Platform 2
B1The Trip (Microdot House Mix)5:40
B2Theme From S-Express3:55

Companies, etc.



Arpeggio bassline and Synthesizers & Horns samples taken from Rose Royce - Is It Love You're After (Long Version).
"I Got The Hots For You" vocal sample taken from TZ - I Got The Hots For You.
"Drop That Ghetto Blaster!" vocal sample taken from Karen Finley - Lick It!.
"Horn Break" taken from Crystal Grass - Crystal World.
"Uno, dos, ¡uno dos tres cuatro!" sample taken from Deborah Harry - Feel The Spin.

Original A-side etching:

Etched out and replaced by:


Variant 3 and 4 are pressed with stampers originating from different master plates.

Sleeve assembled at Bite It!

Track B2 is not mentioned on the outer sleeve.
℗ © 1988 Rhythm King Records in association with Mute Records Ltd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 016026 202217
  • Matrix / Runout (Platform 1 Runout - Variant 1): LEFT - 21 T - A LYN-19884-2TH z P̶L̶A̶T̶E̶R̶S̶ ̶D̶O̶ ̶I̶T̶ EVERY HOUR + HALF S - EXPRESS - GRAND VITESSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Platform 2 Runout - Variant 1): LEFT - 21 T - B HERBAL TEA CASUAL T LYN-19885-1TH •z•
  • Matrix / Runout (Platform 1 Runout - Variant 3): LEFT - 21 T - A LYN-19884-2TH •z• P̶L̶A̶T̶E̶R̶'̶S̶ ̶D̶O̶ ̶I̶T̶ ̶E̶V̶E̶R̶Y̶ ̶H̶O̶U̶R̶ ̶+̶ ̶H̶A̶L̶F̶ WHAT HAPPENS ON THE SEX-PRESS? ④
  • Matrix / Runout (Platform 2 Runout - Variant 3): LEFT - 21 T - B MICRODOT MIX? ALLY CROWLEY + MICKEY MOUSE BLOTTERS - HERBAL TEA CASUAL T ECTASY LYN-19885-1TH •z• ②
  • Matrix / Runout (Platform 1 Runout - Variant 4): LEFT-21T- A LYN-19884- •P• ⑦
  • Matrix / Runout (Platform 2 Runout - Variant 4): LEFT-21-T- B LYN-19885- •P• ⑥
  • Matrix / Runout (Platform 1 Runout - Variant 5): LEFT-21-T- A A ⑥ LYN-19884- •P•
  • Matrix / Runout (Platform 2 Runout - Variant 5): LEFT-21-T- B ⑥ A LYN-19885- •P•
  • Matrix / Runout (Platform 1 Runout - Variant 6): LEFT-21 T- A LYN-19884- 2TH PLATERS DO IT EVERY HOUR + HALF S-E-X-PRESS? WAGONS LITS? ⑧
  • Matrix / Runout (Platform 2 Runout - Variant 6): LEFT-21-T- B HERBAL TEA CASUAL T LYN-19885 - 1TH .z. ①

Other Versions (5 of 57)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Theme From S-Express (CD, Single)Rhythm King, MuteLEFT 21 CDUK1988
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Theme From S-Express / The Trip (Microdot House Mix) (7", 45 RPM, Single)Rhythm KingLEFT 21UK1988
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Theme From S-Express (12", 33 ⅓ RPM)Capitol Records, Rhythm KingV-15377US1988
Theme From S-Express (12", 45 RPM)Rhythm King, TorsoTORSO 12068Netherlands1988
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Theme From S-Express (12", 45 RPM)Rhythm KingLEFT R21TUK1988



  • tearaway's avatar
    I interviewed former UK quality engineer Stephen King where he told a story about the "PLATERS DO IT..." etching by platers at Lyntone. it is about the 19:54 mark here.
    • djbproductions.jb's avatar
      This record was my first house 12" record to buy. My sister had the album and played it in her bedroom while getting ready for a night out, I was a little younger and could hear the music leakin into my room, I loved it! Hooked into house music from then on. Mark you were a genius and still are, Played the vinyl for the 1st time in years, oh the memories. Shortly after I started djing and blame S-Express, wouldnt change it for the world!
      • tigerjones's avatar
        Another sample not listed here is the vocal sample "Overdrive" taken from Stacy Q's, "Two Of Hearts".
        • brianwould's avatar
          "Uno Dos Tres Cuatro" is from Debbie Harry: " Feel the Spin" , not whats written there !
          • denon2500's avatar
            I'm still shocked at the hi-hat sampling... for years I thought that sound was anything BUT Aerosol Spray
            • djbonf's avatar
              Other sample: Alfredo De La Fe "Hot to trot" - Gene Roddenberry "The Star Trek dream" - Karen Finkey "Tales of taboo" - Laura Olsher "The martian monster" - Sam the sham "Oh that's good, no that's bad" -
              • pointblnk's avatar
                Edited 18 years ago
                1988 saw the release of a series of highly successful sampladelic dance tracks including Bomb the Bass - "Beat Dis", Coldcut - "Doctorin' The House" and S-Express - "Theme from S-Express". All three of these tracks were produced by DJs hanging out at the Wag club in London.

                This is my favourite track of the era, incorporating elements of disco, electronica, acid house and breakbeat. It hasn't dated, and the production still stands up today. The sheer complexity and quality of sounds layered into this track is unrivaled.

                Beard stroking aside, this track oozes fun, excitement and sex. One to move the crowd!


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