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High-Energy emerged as a dance music form late in the seventies and early eighties and was a development of the disco sound made popular by Donna Summer "I feel love". High-Energy was especially popular in U.S. cities such as New York and San Francisco and in the UK Gay night clubs. High-Energy is typified by an energetic, staccato, sequenced synthesizer , where the bass often takes the place of the hi-hat, alternating a more resonant beat with a dampened note to signify the tempo of the music. There is also often heavy use of the hand clap found on drum machines.
DJ/producer Patrick Cowley helped popularize Hi-NRG music at the The End Up club in San Francisco, Cowley and music producer Bobby Orlando issued a number of Hi-NRG hits in this era. Examples of early 1980s Hi-NRG acts include Amanda Lear, France Joli, Sylvester, Divine, and The Weather Girls. High-Energy entered the mainstream with hits in the UK pop charts with Hazell Dean's "Searchin' (I Gotta Find a Man)" and Evelyn Thomas's "High Energy".
In the mid-1980s, Hi-NRG producers included Ian Levine and trio Stock-Aitken-Waterman, both of whom worked with many different artists. Stock-Aitken-Waterman had two of the most successful Hi-NRG singles ever with their productions of Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (UK #1 & US #11 in 1985) and Bananarama's "Venus" (US #1 & UK #8 in 1986). Stock Aitken Waterman also brought the genre full circle by writing and producing Donna Summer's 1989 UK and US hit "This Time I Know It's For Real" (UK #3 and US #7).
By 1990, however, House music had superseded Hi-NRG in popularity in many dance clubs [See Sounddiffusion’s House Music Top 20]. Despite this, Hi-NRG music is still being produced and played in various forms, including many remixed versions of mainstream pop hits, some with re-recorded vocals. Almighty Records and Klone Records, for example, are High energy recording labels which offer terrific hi-nrg versions which sadly and undeservedly have never been heard outside the specialist night club.
Soulnights.com proudly present the Sounddiffusion Hi NRG Top 20 which hosts twenty of the most exciting dance records recorded
Sounddiffusion's Djs Hi NRG Dance music Top 20
Top 20 compiled by Daniel Blach
|1||Kylie||Better The Devil You Know|
|2||Irene Cara||Flashdance (What A Feeling!)|
|3||Dead or Alive||You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)|
|4||Evelyn Thomas||High Energy|
|5||Divine||You Think Your A Man|
|6||Hazell Dean||Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go)|
|8||Sabrina||Summertime Love (Boys, Boys, Boys)|
|9||Lonnie Gordon||Happenin' All Over Again|
|10||Maria Vidal||Body Rock|
|11||Eartha Kitt||I Love Men|
|12||Patrick Cowley||Do You Wanna Funk?|
|13||Miquel Brown||So Many Men (So Little Time)|
|14||Man 2 Man Man Parrish||Male Stripper|
|16||Miquel Brown||So Many Men, So Little Time|
|18||Weather Girls||Its Raining Men|
|19||Paul Lekakis||Boom Boom (Let's Go Back To My Room)|
|20||Earlene Bentley||I'm Living My Own Life|
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