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Was (Not Was) – Walk The Dinosaur (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 10th, 2016

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1988

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“Walk the Dinosaur” is a song by Was (Not Was), released in 1987, from their 1988 album, What Up, Dog?.

The song features a tight, funky sound, punctuated by horns and a cowbell, along with what sounds like cavepeople chanting in the background.

When released in the UK in 1987, the song reached no. 10 on the singles chart, becoming the group’s first UK top 10 hit. The music video featured four scantily clad ‘cavewomen’ dancing to the song while a Flintstones style TV played clips from Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur. Modern people danced to the song in the “Everybody kill the dinosaur” part. The video received heavy rotation on MTV. The song reached no. 7 on the US chart in 1989, two years after its UK success. The song became the band’s biggest hit single in their home country.

According to an interview with co-writer Randy Jacobs, it “was an infectious sing-along with a Flintstonesque video that probably got played on MTV way too much. But even that seemingly good-time anthem had a dark side. The song’s about nuclear Armageddon. It became a dance (anthem) because of the video. They connected it with the girls in the little Pebbles and Bam-Bam outfits. All the sudden it became, like, ‘do the mashed potato’ or ‘the twist.'”

“Walk the Dinosaur” was also featured in the soundtrack of 1989 film The Dream Team.

SIDE A:
Walk The Dinosaur (The New York Dangerous Version) 6:58
Mixed By [Final Mix], Producer [Additional] – Bruce Forest

Walk The Dinosaur (Bruce’s Prehistoric Dub) 6:43
Mixed By [Final Mix], Producer [Additional] – Bruce Forest

SIDE B:
Walk The Dinosaur (The Debunking Of Uri Geller Mix) 5:06
Mixed By – Don Was, Jamie Muhoberac

Walk The Dinosaur (7″ Version) 3:38

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1989 Walk The Dinosaur U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #7
1989 Walk The Dinosaur U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/ Maxi-Singles Sales #36
1989 Walk The Dinosaur U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #11
1989 Walk The Dinosaur U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks #30

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Chrysalis ‎– 4V9 43332
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1988
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style: Electro, Synth-pop, Pop Rock

CREDITS:
Management –Kushnick Passick Management
Producer – The Was Bros*
Written-By – David Was, Don Was, Randy Jacobs

NOTES:
Original version appears on the LP “What Up, Dog?”

Find the 12″ on DISCOGS

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EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (DC)
Cartridge: Ortofon 2M
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
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

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

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

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32 Responses to “Was (Not Was) – Walk The Dinosaur (US 12″)”

  1. Goodguy Says:

    Love it! A great track; novelty or otherwise.

    Hey Paul, I hope you saw my post asking if you could upload the Erasure US Promo 12″ of A Little Respect in recognition of the band’s anniversary (and anniversary box set!).

    Thanks for all you do. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I did see it Goodguy and plan to post it 🙂

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  2. Jeff Says:

    Time to get my caveman on Paul!! Wow, such a great track this is and right now, the refrain is going through my head!! So excited to now have the 12-inch mixes courtesy of you. And through the details of the track, now have a greater understanding of the song itself. This is an awesome track to launch the week Paul. I have motivation now. Too cool. I’ve been a huge Flintstones fan since I was a little kid and songs like this make me feel nostalgic for Saturday Morning Cartoons and all. I love what you do for our memories. They come back in exquisite Technicolor and Blu-ray sound.

    You Rule!!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    These are some fun mixes Jeff with nice samples and a great sing-a-long hook. Think you are gonna love it 🙂

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  3. Omar Says:

    I vaguely remember this one Paul. Thanks for the remix though.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Omar 🙂

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  4. Andy Says:

    Great tune and good fun. Do you happen to have the 12in of Was not Was’s version of Papa was a rolling stone? I used to have it somewhere but have not seen it for ages. Be great to have a listen again in pristine flac.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I will check Andy I may have it in a box in storage 🙂

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  5. BE.D12'' Says:

    Many thanks DJPaul!
    Great song and even greater remix by Bruce Forest.

    I have a puzzle of missing 12″ of the 80s
    that you are helping me to complete.
    (Please also some Breakfast Club post if you can).

    Great Respect for all your work.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you BE.D12” hopefully we can find more peaces of your puzzle 🙂

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  6. Richard the Big Bunny Says:

    LOVE THIS. Cheers! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Richard 🙂

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  7. Mark Says:

    Wow!! Thanks so much for this Paul, not heard these remixes in many many years. Made my day!
    Any chance you might have the ‘Spy In The House Of Love’ 12″- would love to hear those mixes again, some great James Bond samples as I recall…

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I am pretty sure I have that one Mark i wll check 🙂

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    Richard the Big Bunny Reply:

    I second that request. 😉 Thx!

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  8. Junior Says:

    I remember this fondly and will be cool to re-visit these Bruce Forest mixes.

    Thanks Paul 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Junior 🙂

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  9. Dirk Says:

    Just played the b-side. Crisp. A little dated use of repetition in the remix, but with a young housemate stomping around on cafeine, rather amusing. So thanks for that one Paul!
    Somebody else was expecting James Randi quotes that really Debunked Uri Geller, too ?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Dirk 🙂

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  10. musicdivaSF Says:

    What a treat! This was and still is a favorite single from Was (Not Was). Thank you for this amazing post. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome MusicdivaSF 🙂

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  11. Jeff Says:

    You are a revelation Paul!!! Thank you again for this post. I never heard the dub nor “The Debunking of Uri Geller Mix” and am flipping-out!! They are so fun. Like Pete Burns says: “I Want Surprises” and this “Geller” mix did not disappoint. Loved the samples and sound effects all through the piece. Man, I am forever grateful once again to your mastery and mad skills DjPaulT.

    Huge Smile!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Glad to hear you like it Jeff. Hugs 🙂

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  12. Richard the Big Bunny Says:

    I can’t believe I didn’t know that this song came out two years earlier in the UK! I grew up in the UK & the US — but I missed that factoid somehow. I was watching a lot of MTV in the US in 1989 when the video was played again & again though. Still like it though!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    It is easy to miss things when they are released at different times in many countries 🙂

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  13. Josefina Says:

    Yessssss! I love this is song – I was in HS when this came out. Do you have Spy in the House of Love?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I am a little late with my reply but Spy is posted 🙂

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  14. Richard Says:

    Thanks Paul for uploading the song they stole for the opening of Uptown Funk. This track is 1000% better!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Richard 🙂

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  15. Jermajesty Says:

    This won’t mean much to anyone outside the UK, but darts quizmaster Jim Bowen released a cover version of this song in 2008.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thanks for the info Jermajesty 🙂

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  16. Jasons2 Says:

    Thank you very much Paul.

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