Tracks That Influenced Me

Having a sister twelve years older caused lots of disco to be played in our house. She had funk, disco and pop music in power rotation. Everyone at school wore rock inspired t-shirts. Saddly, I never owned a rock tee and eventually developed an affinity for rhythmic and electronic music. At the time, they were marginalized genres.

The only exposure to “her” music would be from one of four outlets:

1. Night club
2. Community radio
3. Record store
4. Mix tape

Well enough of the preamble. Here are some tunes that come to mind as I reminisce on some influential music. Now, let’s be clear – I’m not living in a time warp – There are so many titles I’d like to include beyond what’s listed. Especially stuff from the 90s, 2000s and beyond – many of which would be much stronger but I’ve limited this list to a stream of consciousness about stuff I grew up listening to.

Here we go!


Mr. Fingers – Can You Feel It
Adonis – No Way Back
Royal House – Can You Party
Jungle Brothers – I’ll House You
LNR – Work It To The Bone
Inner City – Big Fun
Raze – Break For Love
Lil Louis – French Kiss


Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express
Strafe – Set It Off
Afrika Bambaataa – Planet Rock
Cybotron – Clear
Hashim – Al-naafiysh (the soul) (A-Side and B-Side)


Eric B and Rakim – Paid In Full
NWA – Straight Outta Compton
Malcolm McLaren – Buffalo Gals
Malcolm McLaren – World Famous
Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh – La Di Da Di
Public Enemy – Number 1
Public Enemy – Rebel Without A Pause
Das EFX – They Want EFX
Rob Base, DJ EZ Rock – It Takes Two
LL Cool J – Rock The Bells


S.O.S. BAND – Take your time (Do it right)
The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On
Mary Jane Girls – All Night Long
Evelyn Champagne King – Love Come Down
Change – Glow Of Love
Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
Antonio Machín – El Manisero
Ray Barretto – El Watusi
The English Beat – I Confess
The Beat – Stand Down Margaret
When In Rome – The Promise
Trans-X – Living On Video
Information Society – Running
Lydia Lee Love – Don’t Take Your Love
Will to Power – Dreamin’
Noel – Silent Morning
Stevie B – Dreamin Of Love
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Full Force – I Wonder If I Take You Home
Shannon – Let The Music Play
Diana Ross – Upside down
Sister Nancy – BAM BAM
Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse
Frankie Paul – Pass The Tu-Sheng Peng
Barrington Levy – Here I Come
Barrington Levy – Murderer
Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng