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With the massive popularity of their hit single "Groove Is in the Heart," Deee-Lite brought the colorful sights and sounds of New York's club culture into the mainstream. Formed in 1986, the trio was led by vocalist Lady Miss Kier (born Kieren Kirby in Youngstown, OH) and fleshed out by a pair of DJs, Super DJ Dmitry (a classically trained guitarist and Russian emigre born Dmitry Brill) and Jungle DJ Towa Towa (born Doug Wa-Chung in Tokyo, Japan). Fusing house, techno, rap, ambient, and funk music with an outrageous visual flair largely influenced by the drag queen community (Kier's fondness for Fluevog platform shoes helped the '70s fashion revival gather steam), Deee-Lite became hugely popular among New York club denizens, and the trio's own unique cultural make-up earned them a following which ignored racial and sexual boundaries. In 1990, they debuted with the album World Clique, a crossover smash thanks to hits like the loping classic "Groove Is in the Heart" (featuring the fluid bass of Bootsy Collins and the saxophone of Maceo Parker) and "Power of Love." With their 1992 follow-up, Infinity Within, Deee-Lite's music turned overtly political as songs touched base with hot topics like the environment, safe sex, and democracy. Towa Towa left the group soon after; rechristened Towa Tei, he released his solo debut, Future Listening, in 1995. Kier and Dmitry, meanwhile, enlisted DJ Ani for 1994's Dewdrops in the Garden, a sensual outing influenced by the growing rave culture. After the release of 1996's remix album Sampladelic Relics and Dancefloor Oddities, Deee-Lite disbanded. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Albums by
Deee-Lite

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    16 songs

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    Dewdrops in the Garden

    14 songs

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    Infinity Within

    12 songs

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    World Clique

    8 songs

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    Groove Is in the Heart

    5 songs

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    Rhino Hi-Five: Deee-Lite

    20 songs

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    The Very Best of Deee-Lite [Rhino]

    19 songs

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    Sampladelic Relics & Dancefloor Oddities

    2 songs

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    Call Me

    2 songs

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    Groove Is in the Heart [#1]

    4 songs

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    Runaway

    9 songs

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    Power of Love


Top Songs by
Deee-Lite

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Groove Is in the Heart
  3.   What Is Love?
  4.   Good Beat
  5.   Power of Love
  6.   Deee-Lite Theme
  7.   Electric Shock
  8.   Somebody
  9.   Say Ahhh...
  10.   Runaway
  11.   Somebody
  12.   Sah Ahhh...
  13.   Mind Belt
  14.   Lovapella
  15.   Goodbeatapella
  16.   Deep Ending
  17.   Who Was That?
  18.   Love Is Everything
  19.   Rubber Lover
  20.   What is This Music?
  21.   Dmt
  22.   Picnic in the Summertime
  23.   Sampladelic
  24.   Music Selector Is the Soul Reflector
  25.   River of Freedom
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