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Groove Is in the Heart by Deee-Lite
Album: World CliqueReleased: 1990Charted:
This was the only hit for the group, who were composed of DJ Dimitry, DJ Towa Towa, and a vocalist named Lady Miss Kier. Kier and Dimitry were married.
Before they recorded this, DJ Dimitry wrote to Bootsy Collins and sent him a tape. Collins, a funk pioneer who recorded with George Clinton, liked it and flew in to play bass. He appeared in the video.
Collins recruited fellow funk-masters Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley to play on this. Parker played sax and Wesley trombone.
The rap in the middle is Q-Tip, who was a member of A Tribe Called Quest at the time. He has been a guest rapper for many artists, including De La Soul, Mariah Carey, and The Beastie Boys.
The whistles were sampled from Vernon Burch's song "Get Up."
Deee-Lite had an image to match their funky sound. They wore exaggerated '70s clothes with loud colors, feather boas, and high platform shoes.
The group got their name from a Cole Porter song called "It's De-Lovely
," which is about falling madly in love. They mention that song in the line, "Just de-lovely and delicious."
This was a hit in New York clubs before it went mainstream. Like Madonna's "Vogue
," which came out the same year, it was very popular in gay clubs.
Dee-Lite had a minor follow up hit called "Power Of Love," but their next two albums tanked and they broke up around 1996.
This was used on the soundtrack to the 2000 movie Charlie's Angels. It was also used in commercials for Dasani water that started airing during the 2002 Winter Olympics.