TITLE: The Very Best of Deee-Lite
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Groove is in the Heart (#4 US, #1 Dance, #2 UK), Power of Love (#47 US, #1 Dance, #25 UK), ESP (#7 Dance), Good Beat (#1 Dance, #53 UK), Pussycat Meow (#6 Dance), Party Happening People (#30 Dance), Picnic in the Summertime (#43 UK), Bring Me Your Love (#1 Dance)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Nah.
LINEUP: Supa DJ Dmitry, Lady Kiss Kier, Towa Tei. DJ Ani was on their final album. Guests like Bootsy Collins and Q-Tip also appear.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Dance act was seen as a novelty by most but introduced club, house, and DJ culture to the masses.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: You know “Groove Is in the Heart” and probably nothing else, but Deee-Lite wasn’t a one-hit wonder on the dance floors.
Their albums were spotty, but when they nailed a concept and a groove (such as in “Power of Love” and “Good Beat”) they were a righteous good-time dance party. As time wore on they shifted from good-times into a bit more social and political dance grooves, and their pop audience filtered away.
This is a good overview, and hits all of the high notes. At the end, it gets a bit repetitive, but dance band records are best in mixes or playlists.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They still DJ (separately), and Towa Tei moved back to Japan and started a high-concept party place for musicians.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B: This shows they were more than one-hit wonders.