THROWBACK THURSDAYS: WHAT HAPPENED TO NU NU???

Here’s an interesting case of “hey, what happened?”

LIDELL TOWNSELL – NU NU

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You won’t often see this single included in any CLASSIC HOUSE compilations, despite the fact that it was a #1 HIT back in 1992. It’s possible that you recognize it from a movie soundtrack, or from LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON, but the version that you would of heard is a 2005 parody, by NYC group, FANNY PACK. So what happened to Townsell’s hit song? Why has it not been canonized as a House music ANTHEM, and why is it a cover version making royalties from notable licensings, and not the original? I’m afraid I have no answer.

 

Personally, I LOVE this jam, and think it deserves way more credit than it seems to get. The “mmm hmm, yeah yeah” chorus is impossible not to sing along with. I admire that the vocals are so strong that they hardly require any accompaniment. Just some sparse percussion and a bassline. It’s reminiscent  of so many beloved Motown and Doo-Wop classics.

Below is a RIP of the NU APELLA version, which really demonstrates the strength of the vocal to carry the entire song, with nothing else needed but a few rhythmic elements to groove with. I feel it’s a testament to the compelling power of the human voice, and you won’t find this version anywhere except the VINYL 12’….. until nowwww.

[audio http://deadkidsgetlively.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Nu_Nu_(Nu_Apella).mp3]

DOWNLOAD:  Lidell Townsell – Nu Nu (Nu Apella) (RIGHT CLICK>SAVE AS)

 

***SPEAKING OF THE VINYL 12″***

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If YOU feel as I do about the quality of this jam, perhaps you should own a physical copy, so you can show it to your friends and be like “yo, how did you miss this sh*t???” or “Fanny Pack version? *pfffft!* You aint even down. Check this out”.

BUY THIS RECORD!

GET MORE LIDELL TOWNSELL:  WIKIPEDIA / JUNO

 

 

Music is a weird beast.