Thursday, February 07, 2008

Theo Parrish vs. GQ Two  

We all know and love GQ for the seminal classic "Disco Nights". The band originally hailed from the Bronx and formed in 1968 as "Sabu and the Soul Survivors". As their sound evolved so did the bands suave image. Eventually they changed their name to GQ just in time to release the "Disco Nights" single which was a huge hit in 1979. The band survived to make a few more minor hits until they disbanded in the early 80's. Their second proper LP was released in 1980 and simply entitled "Two". GQ Two was by no means a masterpiece, but it certainly had some fine moments.

As part of the Ugly Edits bootleg series, Detroit producer Theo Parrish dusted off several tracks from the album and re-invented them with a whole new feel. Parrish's edits showcase Lead singer Emanuel Rahiem Leblanc's incredible emotive vocal quality as it melds nicely with bassist Keith "Sabu" Crier's mesmerizing basslines. Parrish deletes the choruses out of "Lies" altogether and turns the cut into a powerful, linear dancefloor banger. On "Is It Cool" he accentuates the powerful horn breakdowns and extends the track to a full ten plus minute groove. With his ugly edits, Theo Parrish took the two songs that no one talked about on the album and transformed them into total classics.

GQ- Lies (Theo Parrish Edit)

GQ- Is It Cool (Theo Parrish Edit)

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5 comments: to “ Theo Parrish vs. GQ Two

  • February 9, 2008 at 10:45 PM  

    Cool - 'Lies' is on James Murphy and Pat Mahoney's fantastic Fabriclive 36 but is credited to GQ. Nice to learn about (and be able to give some credit to) the original artist!

  • February 10, 2008 at 3:29 PM  

    I'm selling the lies one on ebay, if anybody is interested. It's Ugly Edits 10.

  • February 10, 2008 at 5:29 PM  

    Baron- the song is originally performed by GQ. Theo Parrish simply did an edit which appears on the fabric mix.

    Derrik- the track on ugly edits 10 is actually "Is It Cool". It is mislisted on discogs. the edit of Lies is on Ugly Edits vol 7

  • February 11, 2008 at 5:43 PM  

    Thanks BT, that probably has something to do with why it didn't sell and why the title didn't match the chorus. All those ugly edits are great though huh? Have you heard #2 (I think...) the one with the dope Harold Melvin edit? There's another one kicking around that I haven't found yet that has "call my baby pussy" by Funkadelic on it...

  • February 11, 2008 at 10:05 PM  

    i love the "lies" edit especially, but both of these are amongst my favorites of the ugly edits (along with the stringy Dells jam on #4, harold melvin on #2, and jill scott on #1).

    BTW, Andres sampled "is it cool" on his track (get ready for this one.....) "is it cool" on his moods and grooves 12":

    love that one too.