Deee-Lite

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Deee-Lite

Is your groove still in your heart 30 years on? And what happened to Deee-Lite?

US based group Deee-Lite formed in 1986, but it wasn’t till 1990 that they exploded everywhere. Then vanished. So what happened after that Summer of dance and love and is YOUR heart still grooving? Deee-Lite were formed of Dmitry Brill aka Supa DJ Dmitry (b.1964), Kierin Kirby aka Lady Miss Kier (b.1963) and Dong-hwa Chung better known as Towa-Tei (b.1965). Originally Dmitry and Miss Kier performed in clubs but were joined by Towa-Tei in 1988 and began recording together.

Finally, in 1990, the trio were ready to release their debut album and selected “Groove Is In The Heart” as the lead single, a glorious pastiche 70’s funk-90’s dance track with samples and some odd lyrics. The song proved an instant smash when released in September making the top ten in over twenty countries and topping the chart in Australia and Canada. It peaked at No.4 in the US and in the most controversial of all UK charts, No.2. It should of been number one as it tied exactly with the same amount of sales as Steve Miller Band’s reissued “The Joker”. However, a ruling was that if there was a tie at the top, the song that had progressed the most was to be declared the winner. That song was “The Joker”.

Deee-Lite were not impressed and complained. The ruling was later scrapped, so in effect, “Groove Is In The Heart” was and IS a UK chart topper. Steve Miller Band remained number one for a second week, but sold more than Deee-Lite that week and so were legitimately the best seller of the two groups. Deee-Lite’s debut album, “World Clique”, followed soon after making No.14 in the UK and No.20 in America. Four other singles were lifted from the album, but only “Power Of Love” made any impact (UK No.25, US No.47). Deee-Lite returned in 1992 with the album “Infinity Within”, which featured the lead single, “Runaway”. “Runaway” topped the US dance chart (their fourth) but missed both the UK and US singles chart. Their third album, “Dewdrops In The Garden”, completely missed the mark in 1994, as did the four singles. Although “Bring Me Your Love” and “Call Me” both gave the group a fifth and sixth US dance chart topper.

And that was it for Deee-Lite. The three main members went their own separate ways and enjoyed their own separate successes and failures. Supa DJ Dmitry continued to produce and DJ in New York and has worked on many remix projects over the years. Lady Miss Kier became a resident DJ in London as well as writing songs for George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and A Guy Called Gerald. Towa-Tei has forged a hugely successful solo career as a mixer and producer as well as releasing twelve solo album, beginning with “Future Listening” in 1995 to his most recent, “3”, in 2018. His most successful and best known to date is his third album, “Sound Museum”, in 1997, which featured the collaboration with Kylie on the co-penned hit “German Bold Italic”, the first ever ode to a typeface! The pair joined forces again in 2005 for the song “Sometime Samurai” for his album “Flash”.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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