Boomania is back! Earlier this year, Cherry Red's Cherry Pop imprint reissued GRRR! It's Betty Boo, the 1992 sophomore album by Alison Clarkson, a.k.a. pop/dance/hip-hop chanteuse Betty Boo. Now, the label has turned the clock back to Boomania, the infectious 1991 debut album by the stylish and genre-bending multiple hyphenate rapper-singer-songwriter-producer.
The Beatmasters' 1989 U.K. No. 7 hit "Hey DJ/I Can't Dance (To That Music You're Playing)" – based on Martha and the Vandellas' 1968 hit single "I Can't Dance to That Music You're Playin'" penned by Deke Richards and Debbie Dean – launched Betty Boo into orbit. As featured rapper on the Motown-inspired track, Boo made such an impression that Rhythm King Records offered her a solo slot on the label roster. Her debut solo single "Doin' the Do" climbed to No. 7 in the U.K. (the same position as "Hey DJ") and turned Boo into an international smash when it subsequently topped the U.S. Billboard Dance survey. The confident, catchy slice of pop-rap (sampling "Captain of Your Ship" by Reparata and the Delrons) went to the top 10 in multiple countries, and set the stage for her second single "Where Are You Baby?" (featuring a musical quote from another Motown inspiration: The Velvelettes' "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'"). It became her biggest hit when it peaked at No. 3 in the United Kingdom.
All three singles were included on Boomania upon its release in fall 1990. Debuting at No. 4, it spent 24 weeks on the U.K. chart. It also featured Boo's next single, "24 Hours." Co-produced by William Orbit and later remixed by Norman Cook, the future Fatboy Slim, it became a No. 25 U.K. chart entry. The success of Boomania led to the artist's signing with WEA for her next album.
The original 14-track album (including two "bonus" cuts, the 7-inch mix of "Doin' the Do" and the King John mix of "Where Are You Baby?") comprises Disc One of Cherry Pop's new deluxe edition. The second disc features a selection of twelve period remixes and extended versions of the album's tracks plus DJ Streets Ahead's "Boo Megamix." The package features a 16-page booklet with Tom Parker's groovy retro artwork consistent with the original release design by George Miller, as well as new liner notes by Michael Silvester (who did the honors on Cherry Pop's reissue of GRRR!) and a discography. Parker has also remastered.
The bright, colorful, peppy and uptempo dancefloor grooves of Boomania can be ordered at the links below!
CD 1: Original Album
- Where Are You Baby?
- Hey DJ/I Can't Dance (To That Music You're Playing) – The Beatmasters
- Boo is Booming
- Boo's Boogie
- 24 Hours
- Valentine's Day
- Doin' the Do (King John 7-Inch Mix)
- (‘Til My Last Breath) Doin' It to Def
- Don't Know What to Do
- Mumbo Jumbo
- Leave Me Alone
- Doin' the Do (7-Inch Radio Mix)
- Where Are You Baby? (King John Mix)
CD 2: Remixes and Singles (originally issued on Rhythm King Records)
- Hey DJ/I Can't Dance (To That Music You're Playing) (EM-Q 7-Inch Mix) – The Beatmasters (LEFT 34SP)
- 24 Hours (12-Inch Version) (LEFT 45T)
- Doin' the Do (12-Inch Mix) (LEFT 39T)
- Where Are You Baby? (12-Inch Mix) (LEFT 43T)
- Hey DJ/I Can't Dance (To That Music You're Playing) (12-Inch Mix) – The Beatmasters (LEFT 34T)
- 24 Hours (Norman Cook Mix) (Left R45T)
- Shame (Hoodlum Mix)Z (LEFT R39T)
- Hey DJ/I Can't Dance (To That Music You're Playing) (EM-Q Mix) – The Beatmasters (LEFT R34T)
- 24 Hours (Oratronic Mix) (LEFT R45T)
- Boo's Boogie (12-Inch Mix) (LEFT 43T)
- 24 Hours (12-Inch Instrumental) (LEFT 45TP)
- Boo Megamix by DJ Streets Ahead (LEFT R45T)