Monday, October 23, 2017

The Basement Boys – Love Don’t Live Here No More

Lost but not least! The Basement Boys – Love Don’t Live Here No More (Zanz Mix) (Jump Street Records)

“Love Don’t Live Here No More…” I’m pretty sure that rings a bell to some of you. Not only in regards to its title, although formulated in a slighly different way. But also when havin’ a listen to it. Even though it sounds quite far away from the Miles Gregory penned ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ for Rose Royce back in 1978.
I’d be pretty much tempted to say that’s pretty much what makes the interest of this reinterpretation. This in addition to the fact that it marked the debut of The Basement Boys 10 years after. Jay Steinhour said to me he wasn’t too happy with the vocal performance. I never subscribed to this though. Eventually wondering how ‘Love Don’t Live Here No More’ would have sounded with vocals he’d have been cool with…

I never managed to know who happened to sing this after all these years. And even though it saw the light almost 30 years ago, it remains among my all-time favs. With big ups to Tony Humphries for his firing remixing work.

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Overview
To a big majority of us, Baltimore, MD would probably not be the first place comin’ to mind when speakin’ about House Music. It’s nonetheless one of the cradles of the genre. As pretty much reminded by Karizma in a (video) interview we had with him back in the day. With big ups to former graphic designer Jay Steinhour and former record store manager Teddy Douglas. Two guys who, in the second half of the 80’s, gave birth to The Basement Boys. A collective of talents that came to gather people such as Neal Conway and Kris Klayton aka Karizma. But also Maurice Fulton. Not to mention Thommy Davis and Sean Spencer (DJ Spen) who are at the command of Quantize Recordings nowadays.

The first trace of a release by the likes of The Basement Boys bring us back to 1988 and ‘Love Don’t Live Here No More’. An adaptation of Rose Royce‘s classic ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ on Jonathan Mann‘s Jump Street Records. And even though their discography as The Basement Boys isn’t that big, they most likely helped shapin’ the profiles of many local talents. From Ultra Naté (‘It’s Over Now’, ‘Scandal’) to Mass Order (‘Lift Every Voice’). But also Those Guys (‘Love, Love, Love’) and Jasper Street Co. (‘Solid Ground’) to name a few. Not to mention, although she’s hailing from WDC, Crystal Waters with the memorable ‘Gypsy Woman’.

Teddy Douglas adding his name to the list. Be it as a producer with gems such as ‘Love Of My Life’ for Arnold Jarvis. But also ‘God Created Woman’ for Margaret Grace and ‘Nobody’s Fool’ for Rochelle Fleming. Or as a solo artist with the explosive ‘Journey To The Motherland’ and the tribal ‘Check It Out’. In addition to ‘Only A Fool’ featuring Marcell more recently.

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