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Various ‎– Rhythm Stick 1-8 (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 20th, 2014


A. Front

Trick or treat goblins and ghouls. This is a special Rhythm Stick brew just for you. A special Halloween issue.

Rhythm Stick was a DJ-only subscription/remix service based in Cazadero, CA (USA) that operated during 1989 -1992 ~ releases were pressed in limited quantities and featured mixes of Mainstream dance / Top 40 / NRG / dance classic tracks released on double vinyl and their CD’s contained the ‘best of’ tracks from those vinyl releases.

Rhythm Stick (With The Adventures of Mikie Man) staff consisted of the following people: Gini Spiersch, Director; Steve Bourasa, Producer & Mixer; and mixing djs: Glenn Cattanach, Mario S. David, Jim “Hip-Hop” Hopkins, Mark Watkins, and would also feature guest DJ’s.

The subtitle, (With The Adventures of Mikie Man) was connected to their logo and continuing cartoon series. These cartoon characters were originally drawn by Gini each night that Michael Lewis dee-jayed. Over a two year period, three books of drawings were completed and now with Rhythm Stick as their medium, the “Adventures of Mikie Man” were presented by the artist, Jameo. Each jacket would present the character cartoons representing the staff and contributors to Rhythm Stick.

All productions of Rhythm Stick were dedicated to the late Michael J. Lewis, the original “Mikie Man”.

Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt Kickers* – Monster Mash ’89 (The Monster CD Mix) 5:14
Producer – Steve Bourasa

Book Of Love – Witchcraft (The Warlock Edit) 6:08
Edited By – Jim “Hip-Hop” Hopkins*

Black Box – Ride On Time (The Ticker Trip Mix) 6:26
Remix – Steve Bourasa

Be Big – Guilty (The Acquittal Edit) 6:45
Edited By –Glenn Cattanach

Alien Sex Fiend – Haunted House (The Poltergeist CD Mix) 6:28
Remix –  Jim “Hip-Hop” Hopkins*

Princess – Lover Don’t Go (The Romeo Extended Dance Edit) 6:45
Edited By – Glenn Cattanach

Floppy House – In A Funk (The Vancouver Feet Beat Mix) 7:26
Remix – Steve Bourasa

Big Fun / Norman Cook – Blame It On The Boogie/Blame It On The Bassline 5:36
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Steve Bourasa

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: Rhythm Stick  ‎– RS1-8
Format: 2 × Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Compilation, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1989
Genre: Electronic
Style: House, Euro House, Synth-pop, Acid House

Special Halloween Edition
DJ Use Only

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

B. Back

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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Password: burningtheground

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22 Responses to “Various ‎– Rhythm Stick 1-8 (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Gilbert Says:

    I am glad you are feeling much better Paul! Love this post as always since DJ service vinyls are so hard to come by. The Big Fun/Norman Cook mash up is truly spectacular!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree Gilbert 🙂


  2. Gilbert Says:

    Forgot one thing….THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome Gilbert. Have fun!!


  3. Club 6400 Says:

    Thanks for this post. Great collection of good Halloween tunes and I dig Rhythm Stick.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Club 6400!


  4. Jermajesty Says:

    Wow… never did I think I’d see Alien Sex Fiend on BTG, but even more funny is to see Alien Sex Fiend on the same release as Big Fun. 😀 😀


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You just never know what what will turn up on BTG Jermajesty 🙂


  5. Jermajesty Says:

    😀 BTW, the person shouting ‘Sausage…’ in the Alien Sex Fiend track is Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid in the Harry Potter films). It’s a sample from an episode of BlackAdder.

    Who’s that rapping over the top of the Big Fun track? Sounds English/London based.


  6. Jeff Says:

    I’M BEYOND ELATED!!!! Paul, you are so phenomenal to post this!! I can really cry over it because I’d thought I’d never in my lifetime hear these tracks again!! I’ve even tried on youtube and came up empty. AND, as we all know on Burning The Ground, that if I did, the quality would be sub-par. Paul, bless you because you care so very much about the music and the end result. Stellar quality we all can expect from you. You are the GRAND ARCHIVIST like Ben Liebrand that it makes me proud to have discovered you in Cyberspace. I almost should swear and say DAMN!!! What a marvelous thing you do and especially humbling too since you’ve been feeling quite ill lately. The work involved here is extreme since a remix service has multiple cuts on it so the ripping is quite involved. I can’t imagine how many hours/days you concentrated on this to present to us. Saying thank you really isn’t enough, but for now, it’s the only thing I can do. You will be getting a donation from me very soon my friend.

    Like last year’s Halloween Hot Tracks issue you gave us, this is Rhythm Stick’s Halloween issue and what an issue it is. I flip for the Big Fun track too, but having the “Monster Mash” remix is an absolute treat. And the cool “trick” about this remix is that the remixer put in another Bobby “Boris” song in the mix that extends the fun. Too much. Of course I love Jim “Hip Hop” Hopkin’s version of Book of Love’s “Witchcraft.” He utilizes all the versions from the original 12-inch in his mix and, if you forgive the pun, it’s got me spellbound. Fabulous stuff Paul.

    I’m so shaking in pleasure Paul. You have made this Halloween season so bewitching for me and all your followers. Thanks for such “spook-taculer-ness!!!”



    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re very welcome and very appreciated Jeff 🙂 I cherish this record. I worked on this one over several days about a week in total. It was a pretty big project but well worth it. I really hope that once you listen to it that I have done it justice. Each track had different source material used for Rhthm Stick’s production so some of the qualities vary. Anyway I still have more Halloween stuff waiting and plenty more for next year.

    Enjoy my friend 🙂


    Jeff Reply:

    Paul, you did yourself proud on this release!! I sat in bliss while all the tracks played giving me a flash back to the late 80’s. This is such an awesome release!! Rhythm Stick had Steve and Glenn from Hot Tracks along with Jim “Hip Hop” Hopkins who later formed alternative remix service Twitch. Huge talents on these remixes. Ah, the days that remix services went off with samples!! I had almost forgotten about how fantastic these mixes are. The additional production that Steve did on “Monster Mash” was tremendous. I’m so glad he went for that breaks interpretation of the song. I’ve heard versions of “MM” that are more four on the floor, but this is syncopated and rocking!! I thought it was way cool with the “What Ever Happened?” part repeated throughout the mix. This version sounds so contemporary. Oh, and again, I love the Book of Love remix. The song was cool to begin with, with samples from the TV show “Bewitched” but Jim really crafted a superior hybrid using all the versions off the 12-inch. I absolutely loved when he inserted Michael Zager Band’s disco chestnut “Let’s All Chant” in the mix. Spells are all about rhyming and chanting and this was in full effect. “Witchcraft” should have been a bigger hit back then. At least it’s got cult status and gets played a lot around the season of the witch!!!

    Black Box was such a cool concept. I love the acapella “Love Sensation” into and then the Kraze samples from his hit “The Party” and the cool “somebody scream” followed by the Loleata Holloway diva singing. Awesome.

    That Alien Sex Fiend record was brilliant as it had samples galore all over it’s progressive house beat. Such a weird record but so enjoyable.

    Floppy House’s “In A Funk” is just so tasty with those cool Art of Noise samples and the funky keyboard playing. The intro from the old “Lights Out” radio show was a nice touch for Halloween. Such an enchanting record.

    Steve really pulls out all-the-stops with the “Blame It On The Boogie/Blame It On The Bassline” hybrid. It was a mash-up way before it got that name. Beyond brilliant this remix is.

    And Paul, I love that you have the liner notes scanned in the Artwork folder when we downloaded the issue. These production notes don’t always survive but add so much insight into the talents of the remixers. Thank you for providing so much with this rip. I am freaking-out!! It’s that GOOD.



  7. musicdivaSF Says:

    Just in time for the spook season. 🙂 Some awesome remixes on here. Thank you DjPaul and I hope you’re feeling slightly better today. 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome MusicdivaSF. Still waiting to get into see a surgeon to have this gallbladder removed so far it hasn’t attacked me anymore lol 🙂


    woz Reply:

    “Attack of the Gallbladder” sounds like a good title for one of those old black and white horror films 😀


  8. garyb Says:

    Aw, man! Thanks so much for posting this!! Did you ever listen to Club Z on 98.9 back around 98/99? They broadcast live from the Pyramid club down in Bricktown before it became the Bricktown we know today. Back then it was 2 dance clubs and the Spaghetti Warehouse. I was a senior in high school and used to go to the other club Kenitix (sp?) just about every weekend. Good times… Good luck with your surgery, you’ll pull through just fine!


  9. Cory Says:

    Cool! Much appreciated Paul!!


  10. woz Says:

    Thanks for the tunes!


  11. Christian Says:

    Fantastic post, Paul! Thanks a lot. Best wishes with your pending operation.


  12. Gianni Says:

    I’m always glad to see remix services being posted on your site. Thank you for this particular issue. This came out at the time when I was slowly transitioning from vinyl to cd ($500 for a dj cd player, yikes), so I never picked it up. Fantastic release from Rhythm Stick.


  13. Nicki Says:

    Thank you Paul much appreciated.!!!!!


  14. Will McCammon Says:

    Thanks, Paul!

    I can finally retire my own rips I made from my worn out vinyl copy. Yours are always so much better (you obviously take much better care of your vinyl than I did).


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