Classics! C+C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat (Columbia)
‘Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)’… No need adding more, I suppose. A title whose formulation says so much if not all at the end. The concept, starring a powerful female voice of a choir along with a Rapper, is typical of the late 80’s/early 90’s production in the Dance Music scene. Thus givin’ birth to anthems such as Snap!’s ‘The Power’. Then other things we tended to rate as “Eurodance” at the time.
In the footsteps of production pairs such as Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, Louie Vega and Kenny Dope, not to mention David Morales and Frankie Knuckles… The late David Cole, who sadly passed by the beginning of 1995 at the early age of 32, and Robert Clivilles left a considerable legacy in the history of Dance Music. As remixers (Natalie Cole‘s ‘Pink Cadillac’, Mariah Carey‘s ‘Emotions’, Aretha Franklin‘s ‘A Deeper Love’…). But also as producers (Seduction, 2 Puerto Ricans, A Blackman And A Dominican) and under their C&C Music Factory guise).
Taken from their 1990 ‘Gonna Make You Sweat’ album which marked their debut, its title track stands as one of their biggest classics. Thus featuring Rapper Freedom Williams along with Deborah Cooper, Martha Wash, Norma Jean Wright and Zelma Davis among other backing vocalists…
I remember how shocked I felt while on my way back from Cannes’ MIDEM on Jan. 24, 1995, when being reported David passed. His production partner soon after announcing this was from complications from spinal meningitis brought on by AIDS.
Robert Clivillés… A name that should still ring a bell for many of you. And more precisely as one of the 2 C’s of C+C Music Factory along with the late David Cole. Two guys who most likely pioneered the era of production pairs in the history of House Music. This along with David Morales and Frankie Knuckles. And of course, Louie Vega and Kenny Dope. Meanwhile turning themselves into an impressive hit machine in the second half of the 80’s.
A New York City native of a Puerto-Rican descent, Robert Manuel Clivillés met David Bryon Cole in 1985. Back then, the latter was working as a DJ at the Better Days club. The twosome became friends and soon after started working together, eventually releasing ‘Do It Properly!’ 2 years after. A track which they put out as 2 Puerto Ricans (Clivillés and David Morales), A Blackman (David Cole) And A Dominican (Chep Nuñez). With a follow-up – ‘Scandalous’ – seeing the light in 1989.
From then, the 2 C’s would release an impressive string of gems under various guises. From simply Clivillés & Cole to The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M.. Not to mention The 28th Crew among others. This in addition to countless remixes for luminaries such as Natalie Cole (‘Pink Cadillac’) and Freddie Jackson (‘Crazy For Me’). But also Aretha Franklin And Whitney Houston (‘It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be’) to name but a very few.
Robert Clivillés and David Cole would nevertheless score their biggest success under the C+C Music Factory banner though. From the firing ‘Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)’ to ‘Things That Make You Go Hmmmm’. In addition to ‘Just A Touch Of Love’ and ‘Do You Get Funky’. If not the underrated ‘Share That Beat Of Love’.
Everything went brutally to an end after the passing of David Cole on Jan. 24, 1995 at the age of 32. With the news of his death getting to me when on my way back home from Cannes’ MIDEM. I soon after heard he died from complications of spinal meningitis brought on by AIDS.
Robert Clivillés eventually reformed C+C Music Factory back in 2010 with Eric Kupper. They released two singles since then. Beginning with ‘Music 4 The Soul’ back in 2014 and ‘Set Me Free’ featuring Kimberly Davis in 2017 with remixing work featuring Louie Vega.