Tue. Aug. 14, 2018

S-Express – Theme From S-Express

Classics: S-Express – Theme From S-Express (Rhythm King)

Let us get way back in the history of British nightclubbing with one of its definitive anthems. And this, by the likes of this ‘Theme From S-Express’. Thus bringin’ us to the souvenir of Early House Music. In other words, by the end of the second half of the 80’s…

Back then, one would see many Disco sampled tracks. Mind you, House Music, just like Hip-Hop was a Do It Yourself concept. With some of its protagonists pretty much standing as turntablism virtuosos. S-Express‘s Mark Moore and Pascal Gabriel makin’ no exception…

Not pretty sure though, unlike both Discogs and Wikipedia state, that this track should be rated as Acid House as such. And by that, to consider it as belonging to the same category as A Guy Called Gerald‘s Voodoo Ray’. Or Richie Rich‘s ‘Salsa House’ for instance. But it made quite some noise at a time when Acid House got banned from airplay…

As a matter of fact, ‘The Theme From Express’ is a masterpiece in terms of clever collage. Most likely borrowing elements from Rose Royce‘s ‘Is It Love You’re After’ but not only… For the vocal hook of TZ‘s 1983 ‘I Got The Hots For You’ featuring Toni Smith on lead vocals. To bits ‘n’ bops they took from Gil Scott-Heron‘s ‘The Bottle’ among other things.

The ‘Theme From S-Express’ eventually featured on Luc Besson‘s 2006 ‘Arthur And The Invisibles’ film.
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Overview
Although the CV of the band’s mastermind Mark Moore is quite significant, I guess it won’t be an offense saying S-Express‘s one happened to be shorter. With their first album standing more as a collection of variations from the ‘Theme From S-Express’. And its follow-up – ‘Intercourse’ – hardly spanning more than one moderate success by the likes of ‘Nothing To Lose’. All in all makin’ of S-Express more of a one hit wonder with their ‘Theme’ notoriously sampling parts of Rose Royce‘s ‘Is It Love You’re After’.

Pascal Gabriel ended up leavin’ S-Express after the release of the first album. Meanwhile Moore went on to forge a strong relationship with William Orbit. This resulting in them mixing Prince‘s ‘Batman’ and Malcolm McLaren‘s ‘Deep In Vogue’ among others. He also came to collaborate with Electribe 101‘s singer Billie Ray Martin. And he also made a cameo appearance as a pirate radio DJ on Bomb the Bass‘s debut-album ‘Into The Dragon’.

A writer as well, Mark could be seen sharing a weekly column with Princess Julia – remember her boiling collab with The Neebles under the form of the boiling ‘Moist (Womanly Needs)’ on Kult Records back in 1996 – on QX Magazine.

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