This list of songs is inspired by a list published by radio station, KEXP, from Seattle in 2010. For the most part, I will faithfully countdown from their list, from Song #500 to Song #1. So, when you see the song title listed as something like: “KEXP: Song #XXX”….it means that I am working off of the official KEXP list. If I post the song title as being: “KTOM: Song #xxx”….it means I have gone rogue and am inserting a song choice from my own personal list of tunes I really like. In either case, you are going to get to hear a great song and learn the story behind it. Finally, I am not a music critic nor a musician. I am a music fan and an armchair storyteller. Enough said! Let’s get on to today’s song.
KEXP: The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History.
Song #373: Groove Is In The Heart by Deee-Lite.
In one of the YouTube comments for this song, the author stated that “Groove is in the Heart” is the exact moment when the 1980s and 90s merged. There may, in fact, be some truth to that sentiment. “Deee-Lite” were formed in the late 1980s and consisted of lead singer, Lady Miss Kier, and DJs, Dimitry (from Russia) and Towa Tei (from Japan). They created a form of music that combined Funk with Rave and Dance music. The effect of this mashup was a sound that pulsated with energy and movement and dancing and fun. “Deee-Lite” played with a full band and dancers and had as much in common with Funk pioneers such as James Brown and Parliment-Funkadelic, as they did with any of the forerunners of the Electronic Dance Movement to come.
“Groove is in the Heart” was their biggest commercial hit, going to #1 on the Dance charts and Top Ten on the Pop charts when it was released. The band had several other hits that charted such as “The Power of Love”, “Good Beat” and “Runaway”. The band was known for their live performances. They were often lauded for being “inclusive”; in the sense that they welcomed all manner of individuals into their sphere of influence. You could be into fashion and find a home with Deee-Lite. You could be into dancing and enjoy Deee-Lite. You could be exploring your sexuality and/or your sexual orientation and find safe harbour with Deee-Lite. You could be someone who admired the funk pioneers of the past and appreciated how Deee-Lite incorporated that into their performances. In general, there was lots to like about the band when they played live. For me, I am amazed at the deep bass tones and, overall, excellent sound quality of their live shows. As well, the lead singer, Lady Miss Kier” is extremely charismatic and aerobically fit and possesses a powerful, clear voice and, wow, can she ever dance!
As it turned out, “Deee-Lite” were one of those groups that burned brightly for a short while and then left a beautiful corpse. The band broke up after a couple of albums. DJ Towa Tei didn’t like touring and performing live; preferring, instead, to mix songs in studio. DJ Dimitry still is going strong in the Electronic Dance circuit but, often took a back seat to Lady Miss Kier, when on stage with her during their “Deee-Lite” days and, as such, is enjoying his solo time much more. As for Lady Miss Kier, I am not sure why she never became a bigger star. She had it all; stage presence, singing power, good looks, high energy dance moves and much more. But, the truth is, she has remained active in the Rave and Electronic Dance scenes but has kept a deliberately low profile since the breakup of “Deee-Lite”. That is too bad for them and for all of us because their music was the tonic for what ails our society these days; it was fun, funky, upbeat and extremely positive. But, in their wake, they have left us some incredible tunes and wonderful live performances to remember them by.
So, enjoy the official video “Groove is in the Heart” featuring rapper Q-Tip from “A Tribe Called Quest” and Bootsy Collins from Parliment-Funkadelic (in the star-shaped glasses). I will, also, post another song theirs; a live version of “What is Love?” In that song, enjoy the absolutely excellent sound quality. Once the bass guitars start up, this song roars to life. As noted earlier, Lady Miss Keir’s fitness level is off of the charts! What a workout yet, her voice remains powerful and clear all the way through (no autotune or lip-syncing here!). So, without further delay, here is “Deee-Lite” with “Groove is in the Heart” and “What is Love?” Have a sweet day, everyone.
A link to the video for “Groove is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite, can be found here.
A link to the video for “What is Love?” by Deee-Lite, can be found here.
A link to the official website for Deee-Lite, can be found here.
A link to the wonderful website for KEXP, supporters of all manner musical expression, can be found here.