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One Hit Wonders - DEEE-LITE (1991)
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"Groove Is in the Heart" by Deee-Lite - 

This was the only hit for the group, who were composed of DJ Dimitry, DJ Towa Towa, and a vocalist named Lady Miss Kier. Kier and Dimitry were married.
Before they recorded this, DJ Dimitry wrote to Bootsy Collins and sent him a tape. Collins, a Funk pioneer who recorded with George Clinton, liked it and flew in to play bass. He appeared in the video.
Collins recruited fellow Funk-masters Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley to play on this. Parker played sax and Wesley trombone.
The rap in the middle is Q-Tip, who was a member of A Tribe Called Quest at the time. He has been a guest rapper for many artists, including De La Soul, Mariah Carey, and The Beastie Boys.
The whistles were sampled from Vernon Burch's song "Get Up." (thanks, Adam - Dewsbury, England)
Deee-Lite had an image to match their funky sound. They wore exaggerated '70s clothes with loud colors, feather boas, and high platform shoes.
The group got their name from a Cole Porter song called "It's De-Lovely," which is about falling madly in love. They mention that song in the line, "Just de-lovely and delicious."
This was a hit in New York clubs before it went mainstream. Like Madonna's "Vogue," which came out the same year, it was very popular in gay clubs.
Dee-Lite had a minor follow up hit called "Power Of Love," but their next 2 albums tanked and they broke up around 1996.
This was used on the soundtrack to the 2000 movie Charlie's Angels. It was also used in commercials for Dasani water that started airing during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1991 - Year End Charts

1 Bryan Adams (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
2 Color Me Badd I Wanna Sex You Up
3 C+C Music Factory Gonna Make You Sweat
4 Paula Abdul Rush Rush
5 Timmy T One More Try
6 EMF Unbelievable
7 Extreme More Than Words
8 Hi-Five I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)
9 Surface The First Time
10 Amy Grant Baby, Baby

91 Deee-Lite Groove Is In The Heart

| Closed on 05/02/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
11 Fans 
0%a. 10 (Great Song)
18%b. 7-9 (Good Song)
27%c. 5-6 (Ok Song)
9%d. Who? What? Huh?
45%e. DEEE-SUCK!