Hooked Nicholson Remix Now On Beatport

99th Floor Elevators-Hooked Nicholson Remix 2019

The Tidy Boys remix of Hooked has been floating around for a few months now, debuting at last years TDV20 celebrations. Nicholsons anthemic 90s style trance update is set to join the Tidy Boys remix on a limited edition 12 inch vinyl pressing on the Tidy Boys latest imprint Hard-Drive, out later this month here.

Meantime the downloads are available on Beatport, Juno,Toolbox Digital and soon to follow on Spotify.

New 2019 Hooked Remixes On Limited Edition Vinyl Pressing

The much awaited Hooked 2019 revamp is underway! A limited 12 inch vinyl pressing of 300 copies of two new remixes of Hooked, from Hard House legends The Tidy Boys and a blinding reinterpretation from Nicholson is out for order from GlamZoo right now. This is the debut release for the Tidy Boys new label Hard-Drive.

 

The Tidy Boys Remix Hooked For 2018

To commemorate Tony De Vit’s life 20 years after his passing the Tidy Boys commissioned remixes of some of his classic tracks for the ‘TDV20 Tony De Vit Remixes‘ album in a limited edition mix CD and USB (mixed and unmixed in WAV and MP3) formats. There are 14 new remixes, 13 of Tony’s classics and an added bonus of the 99th Floor Elevators ‘Hooked’ tweaked and remixed by the Tidy Boys.

TDV20: the official commemoration event for Tony De Vit, marking his 20 years memorial was held in July 2018, 2500 people attended in Birmingham and the DJ line-up was a veritable who’s who of hard house!

As for the Tidy Boys remix of ‘Hooked’ you can hear a clip in the short after movie from the #TDV20 event.

Hooked Promo Video

 

Way back in 1995 when ‘Hooked’ first appeared, PWL saw fit to splash out on a rather cheesy promo video for the track. The video was actually very rarely seen though did make a few appearances on MTV Europe and late night UK TV.
After much searching we managed to actually locate a copy of the original video which of course is now floating around via YouTube so I guess everyone can see it now and see how daft it looks, but hey, all fun stuff I guess and just in case you were curious….

99th Floor Elevators ‘Hooked (Tony De Vit Radio Edit)’

Hooked Gets The BK Hard Dance Treatment

 

 

There’s been a remix of ‘Hooked’ in the pipeline from BK for a few months now but the wait is over as ‘Hooked’ gets a turbo-boost-hard house-raver of a remix (the BK Go Hard Remix to be precise!) from the Hard House Don just in time for the New Year!

UPDATE 2018. The BK Go Hard Remix of Hooked had been licensed for tons of compilation albums including The Hard House Awards, Frantic 16, The Weekender Has Landed, Future Hard Dance Classic, In An Ideal World, Fit2Club Workout Anthems, Extreme Cardio Vol:1 and many more!

Bronski Beat vs 99th Floor Elevators

 

I’ll often scour Google for any 99th Floor Elevators activity so imagine my surprise to stumble on a new ‘Hooked’ mashup (let’s forget the one with Michael Jackson that sounds like two blokes falling down the stairs!). This one welds together Bronski Beat’s ‘Hit That Perfect Beat’ with the  Steve Thomas Tripoli Trax remix of ‘Hooked’ (from 2000).

It actually blends pretty good, with not too many grating audio clashes and the onus is on the Bronski’s vocal with Thomas’s chunky remix pushing up from the rear. Not a classic but done pretty well. Oh, this all comes courtesy of the DefPunk crew from Germany who proudly claim “We don’t Twitter. We don’t myspace. We just YouTube and SoundCloud!”

YouTube TheRealDefPunk

The Ultimate Giorgio Moroder Spotify Playlist

To be quite honest I haven’t had as much time as I would’ve liked to listen to Spotify and explore all its features, but I got a quick reminder on how cool it really was when I got into a bit of a mini-discussion on my Buzzsonic Twitter profile recently about the awesome soundtrack that enhances the stunningly brilliant Nicolas Winding Refn helmed, Ryan Gosling starrer, ‘Drive’.

I did mention in an earlier Tweet, that the soundtrack could have been written in the 80s by Giorgio Moroder for a Michael Mann film. Now Moroder was very much an influence on the music of the 99th Floor Elevators, starting with the game-changing ‘I Feel Love’ of course.

So, I went about creating a Giorgio Moroder Spotify playlist of tracks by the great man himself and tracks influenced by him too. I even managed to squeeze in Richard Colman’s ‘Moroder-esque’ version of ‘Hooked’ which fits in brilliantly.

The only frustrating thing was I couldn’t find ‘When I Need You’ by the late great Donna Summer (the ‘Once Upon a Time’ album was missing, strangely enough). But how much more fun it was than listening to iTunes 90 second clips or going on a bewildering web search to find just about everything Moroder has done.

The Norman Wisdom Disco Break

 

Way back in 1995 the original version of ‘Hooked’ (the ‘Bouncy Shakedown’ to be precise) appeared on legendary rave promoter Fantazia’s triple CD compilation, ‘The House Collection Vol 2’. The album had three discs, one each, mixed by Boy George, Tony De Vit and Jon of the Pleased Wimmin. The cover of the CD featured ‘glamour’ model (and minor UK celeb) Joanne Guest and I remember Fantazia running a competition at the time of the album’s launch to win a night out with Jo.

Anyway, I was reminded of this album, firstly because it was a bit of a landmark for the 99th Floor Elevators, being the first compilation appearance and secondly because I stumbled across a blog post that claimed that the disco break in ‘Hooked’ (mentioned coincidentally in an earlier post here) sounded like “I’m going to grill Norman Wisdom, right now”.

Of course, I was outraged (cough), as any fool knows it actually says quite clearly, “Feel that funky groove right now”. Well then, imagine my shock when I discover the blighters are actually right on the nail with this one!

That Gary Toms Empire sample will never sound the same again.

I’m Going to Grill Norman Wisdom Right Now MP3

For readers not from the UK, Norman Wisdom is a much-loved slapstick comedian and actor whose films were at the peak of popularity in the 1950s and 1960s.