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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 17:07

The Golden Era Of Dance Music In Charleston | 1988-94 Part 2

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House Of Pain released one of the most iconic Charleston wedding dance songs in 1992 with "Jump Around", right in the middle of a Golden Era Of Dance Music House Of Pain released one of the most iconic Charleston wedding dance songs in 1992 with "Jump Around", right in the middle of a Golden Era Of Dance Music Getty Images

My apologies ladies and gentleman in the delay of getting this Part 2 of a look back to The Golden Age Of Dance Music between the years of 1988 and 1994. It's that time of the year again! Tax season. The good news is they are done now, and I can refocus on upcoming Charleston weddings, meeting with clients, enjoying the weather, and working my blog like I truly love to do.  If you are just visiting my blog for the first time, Welcome!  You may not meet a more passionate guy when it comes to music, and I like to share that passion with my clients. I like to share that passion with my clients to give them a wide variety of options as to how their magical musical soundtrack could be and how it could play out. But, let's get back to business, if you are catching my blog for the first time, check out this link to Part 1 of my series that outlines the Golden Era of Dance Music that has a focus from about 1988 through 1994.  Get your headphones ready or turn up your speakers and let us continue this look back at a truly golden era of dance music.  Even better, your Charleston Wedding DJ playlist may sound even more awesome with a few of these songs on it.

 

"Strike It Up" | Blackbox | 1991
Since I first put up Part 1 of this blog last week, I hit my Twitter account and began to follow Blackbox @BlackBoxHouse and they retweeted my tweet.  My first post about the Golden Era Of Dance Music from 1988-94 had in it a classic Blackbox song, but I tend to think in the winter of 1991 when "Strike It Up" hit dance clubs around Charleston, it became their signature song as a band.  If you are a fan of the golden era of dance music of this period, I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of Blackbox's album "Dreamland"

"Justified & Ancient" | The KLF (featuring Tammy Wynette) | 1991
The KLF were an electronic band from England that began in 1987. "Justified and Ancient" was originally released in September of 1991, but this version with country singer Tammy Wynette was released a few months later.  Put this one on your Charleston wedding playlist and you and your guests will be bound for Mu Mu Land at your wedding reception down at the Historic Rice Mill or Harborside East.


"Finally" | Cece Penniston | 1991
"Finally" was truly an iconic dance song from this era and the biggest hit of Cece's career as it the Top 5 of the Hot 100 in January 1992, and it also spent a few weeks at the top of the dance charts at the end of the 1991. Are you seeing a theme about 1991? I've actually got a blog post planned about some of the great music that came out of that year. It'll be posted soon.

"Unbelievable" | EMF | 1991
I've always been envious of the mentor who got me into becoming a DJ because he got to drop this song back in the summer of 1991 at various clubs where he was a resident. I can't think of the 90s without this one-hit wonder from EMF.

"Everybody's Free" | Rozalla | 1991
Another incredible dance track that was released in the fall of 1991. There's that fantastic year of 1991 again (when it comes to music). Rozalla was born in Zambia, but this song became one of the biggest dance songs throughout the 1990s. 

"Rhythm Is A Dancer" | Snap | 1992
Nightclub and weddings got a little more "Eurodance" music from Snap with this song. It went all the way to the Top 5 on the Hot 100 charts during that spring. 

"It's Gonna Be A Lovely Day" | The SOUL SYSTEM | 1993
The SOUL SYSTEM were composed of Robert Clivilles and David Cole of C&C Music Factory. They covered the classic Bill Withers "Lovely Day" , and it appeared on the soundtrack of The Bodyguard in late 1992. The song would go all the way to Number 1 on the dance charts in the spring of 1993.

"Another Night" | Real McCoy | 1994
"Another Night" hit the airwaves in late summer of 1994 on the Hot 100 at Number 77.  By the middle of September, the song hit the Top 40, and by November of 1994, the song ended landed into the Top 5 at number 3. This song is a must have on any 90s Dance Playlist for your Charleston Wedding.

"I'm Too Sexy" | Right Said Fred | 1991
This song shows up pretty frequently on wedding playlists that are looking to do the garter toss. The song would hit Number 1 on both the Hot 100 and dance songs and become one of the most popular dance songs of the 90s. 

"Jump" | Kris Kross | 1992
Kris Kross was born out of the Atlanta hip hop scene in the early 90s.  This song made my list of 6 Songs That Are Sure To Make You Jump On The Dance Floor At Your Charleston Wedding. It was released in February of 1992 and went all the way to Number 1 on the Top 40 charts, as well as the Hot Rap singles charts.

"Please Don't Go" | KWS | 1992
The KWS were another incredible dance band from Europe. This cover of the classic by KC & The Sunshine Band was first released in the UK in the spring of 1992, and then went to America and ended up in the Top 10 in the fall of 1992.

"Black Or White" | Michael Jackson | 1991
Michael Jackson's album "Dangerous" was one of the greatest of his career. "Black Or White" hit the radio in the fall of 1991 and went all the way to Number 1, only to be replaced at the top by Nirvana.

"Jump Around" | House Of Pain | 1992
One of the greatest floor fillers in Charleston Wedding history is on the list. Surprise. Surprise. :)  Did I not tell you this era of music was awesome?  

Wow. I'm still speechless at just how much great music was between the years of 1988 - 1994. There were so many truly iconic songs that (as I mentioned in Part 1 of this list) that tend to be put on the backburner for wedding playlists in lieu of modern Top 40 and rap of today.  You can have it all on your Charleston wedding playlist with Mike Bills Entertainment. I like to sit down with all my couples and talk music and give them 100% latitude on the creation of their wedding playlist. NO TWO WEDDING PLAYLISTS are ever the same as they are all custom and are created to be a perfect fit for the bride and groom. Click HERE if you are ready to sit down with one of Charleston's top wedding DJs to discuss the music for your 2018 or 2019 wedding. Dates are still available!

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