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DECEMBER 15. 2008.

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Take your time and browse through our photographs, watch videos and read about the most fabulous trio of all time. This page was created and is being maintained by a fan. We are not connected to the former members of Deee-Lite in any way....other than perhaps spiritually.

POWER OF LOVE – LIVE AT THE MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL

 

Deee-Lite perform “Power of Love” in Switzerland in July of 1991 during their first world tour. They ended up doing live world tours and several smaller club tours. The record company refused to promote their secoind album Infinity Within and no tour was done except a few live gigs with live vocals and one with live musicians as well.A friend who saw them at the Zatopke Club in south London said it was out of this world. Techno meets burlesque/go-go, sexy franch bohemian, pinup poses, space ships, sampladelic nd funkadelia. Psychic Power! I would literally kill to have

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If you are not familiar with their story, Deee-Lite was a New York dance act from New York City who managed to break into the mainstream with their mega funk inspired hit Groove Is In The Heart. The trio consisted of Ukrainian born Supa DJ Dmitry Brill, Tokyo native „Jungle DJ“Towa Tei and the delectable and delicious front woman Lady Miss Kier who was originally from Pittsburg PA. Some writers have erroneously referred to Deee-Lite as a „One Hit Wonder“band and never bothered to discover what they were all about. Deee-Lite never aspired to be the next big pop thing in the industry. They came from the underground club scene of DJ‘s, bohemians, artists, club kids and drag queens. They had been writing music and performing since 1986. Kier and Dmitry first met in 1982. They immediately fell in love and eventually started Deee-Lite. They did their first live show in 1987 and Towa Tei joined them soon after he heard Dmitry DJ-ing at the Afroshine nightclub in New York. That‘s how the greatest band in the world came to be.

 

In 1989, Deee-Lite had become known in the underground club scene where they played gigs frequently and their shows soon became extremely popular. It was at one of those shows where they were discovered by Bill Coleman who eventually became their manager. A bidding war soon started with the record companies and they eventually signed a seven album deal with Elektra Records.  „What Is Love“was issued as a promo single to club DJ‘s in 1990, backed by a ditty titled „Groove Is In The Heart. “ The label disliked the song and didn‘t think the vocals were strong enough. But the public thought differently and it became an instant success. Within weeks it went beyond the dance charts and eventually landed at number 4 on the US Billboard top 100 where it remained for several weeks. It landed in number one in several countries including England and Australia. Their debut album, World Clique was released in August of 1990. It eventually earned Gold Certification in December of 1990.

 

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Deee-Lite released three more albums in the subsequent years, two with new material and one remix album in 1996. None of the albums managed to match the success of World Clique in terms of sales and chart topping. However, each album has become a cult classic and they still sell to this day. Deee-Lite‘s main success was on the dance charts where they had 7 number ones on the Billboard dance chart and countless entries and number ones in other countries. All in all they had 13 chart entries. Deee-Lite were way ahead of its time and their style and he group's extravagantly campy look and irresistibly funky, upbeat songs were a marked contrast to the generally introverted cool of most hip-hop, and the distinctive vocals of lead singer Lady Miss Kier--whose 1970s-inspired wardrobe made her an instant fashion icon--helped set the group apart from the droves of diva-meets-dance-machine records dominating the club scene.

 

Part of the appeal of Deee-Lite's music has been its inclusiveness--Christian Logan Wright wrote in Mademoiselle that "as a group, they're a festival of individuality; as a band, they're a party anyone can attend." During their 8 year span, Deee-Lite played at countless nightclubs and outdoor gigs. They embarked on two world tours where they played at venues all over the world. In 1991 they were even invited to play at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and to this date they are the only dance act to be given that honor. They also won many awards for their music.     

 

Deee-Lite's mixture of funk, soul, disco, house, and rap brought together a huge, varied listenership; their mixture of style and political substance helped make them one of the most influential forces in dance music in the early 1990s. Lady Miss Kier, Dmitry, and Towa have all expressed the hope that their music will contribute to positive global change and Kier has remained philosophical about her group's impact. "Deee-Lite is not guiding anything," she insisted in Details. "We're reflecting it. But I can feel something happening right now. It's like when animals know that there's an earthquake coming and they all start running out of the forest."

 

Even though Deee-Lite’s second and third albums were not as successful commercially, they are amongst the bands best work, especially Infinity Within which has been the least favorite album of some of the fans and other critics. I have to say that it is my favorite album today.. It is incredible how timeless their music is, especially from the first two albums. The third one is gem also.

 

This site is dedicated to the three members of Deee-Lite who had an enormous impact on my life with their music, style and message. I want to thank them for the music and everything they gave me. This site is also dedicated to all their fans worldwide and others who helped to funkify the scene. This site is for you…..

 

 

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