Posted by DjPaulT on January 4th, 2011
BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1987
Man 2 Man (also known as Man to Man) were a US Hi-NRG band from New York City that formed in the early 1980s. They were best known for their hit single “Male Stripper”.
The act was composed of brothers Mikki and Paul Zone, who had been known on the local Brooklyn music scene since the mid 1970s. Paul participated in a band called The Fast during this period, with songs such as “Boys Will Be Boys”; the group gained some national attention with a second album being produced by Ric Ocasek of The Cars.
After The Fast, the brothers spent the first half of the 1980s singing on a number of Hi-NRG and disco records for producers such as Bobby Orlando (records like Divine’s “Native Love” and The Flirts’ “Passion”). Soon after they formed a new band, which was originally called Man’s Favourite Sports. However, another band had already claimed the right to use this name, so the Zone brothers became known as Man 2 Man.
Under this name the band scored their biggest hit, “Male Stripper”, teaming up with cult electro producer Man Parrish. Originally released in the United Kingdom in 1986 on the Bolts Records label, “Male Stripper” was a big club hit throughout the autumn and peaked at #64 on the UK Singles Chart. In early 1987, “Male Stripper” charted again in the UK, and this time the song became an even bigger hit, spending five weeks in the Top 10 and two weeks at #4 on the UK Singles Chart. Unfortunately, this success was never seen by group member Mikki, who had died of spinal meningitis on December 31, 1986.
Due to the death of Mikki, Paul Zone decided to rename the act Man to Man.
Man Parrish (born Manuel Joseph Parrish, May 6, 1958) is an American composer, songwriter, vocalist and producer. He, along with artists such as Kraftwerk, Art of Noise, Arthur Baker, Afrika Bambaataa, John Robie, Jellybean Benitez and Aldo Marin helped create and define the sound of B-Boy electro of the early 1980s. He became an underground music scene icon in the 1980s and 1990s and is one of the most important and influential figures in American electronic dance music.
Male Stripper (UK Love Mix) 9:20
Remix – Mex Crew, The
Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Very Good Plus
|1987||“Male Stripper”||U.S. Billboard Hot 100||Did Not Chart|
|1987||“Male Stripper”||U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||Did Not Chart|
Label: Bolts Records
Catalog#: BOLTS 4/12
Format: Vinyl, 12″
Style: Hi NRG
Credits: Producer, Synthesizer, Programmed By, Engineer – Man Parrish
Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals – Paul Zone
Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals, Written-By – Miki Zone
This Record Is For All The Men Who Strip For a Living
On the 31st of December 1986 Miki Zone passed away in New York at 7.30am
We dedicate this record to him. Miki will be a much missed friend.”
This is the second issue of this release due to the untimely death of Miki Zone. The original issue has a different coloured picture sleeve, and more importantly the track positions are transposed.
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super 20
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 16bit 44kHz using Adobe batch processing
FLAC (Level Eight)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi PNG format, resized to JPEG format for posting.
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