Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Big Fun (Single) or here
The group that took Detroit techno to the masses via the British charts and the world's dancefloors, Inner City was an intense collaboration between a noted Chicago house vocalist and one of the most influential Detroit producers of the 1980s. Both Paris Grey and Kevin Saunderson were well-known for their contributions to the club music of their respective communities well before their 1989 debut album. Saunderson did more to advance techno than anyone except Juan Atkins and Derrick May, through his releases as Tronik House, Reese, E-Dancer and Essaray. Between the two Inner City topped dance charts in America and Britain 11 times, hit Britain's Top 40 eight times, and sold over six million records.
"Big Fun" was released late in 1988 on the Virgin compilation Techno: The New Dance Sound of Detroit, and hit the British charts in a surprising crossover success. Signed to Virgin soon after, Saunderson and Grey hit again later that same year with the Top Ten single "Good Life." Their debut album Paradise (Big Fun on its American issue) reached the UK Top 20, though it largely failed to cross over on the American pop charts. Paradise Remixed followed in 1990 and later singles "Ain't Nobody Better," "Watcha Gonna Do with My Lovin" and "That Man (He's Mine)" lit up dancefloors around the world, spreading the word about techno to thousands of mainstream clubbers familiar only with house music.