Class Action (band)

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Class Action
Phreek
Origin New York, New York, U.S.
Genres Garage, Post-disco, disco
Years active 1984, 1978
Labels Sleeping Bag
Atlantic
Associated acts Larry Levan, Leroy Burgess, Patrick Adams

Class Action and Phreek were disco and post-disco musical projects. The original Phreek comprised Christine Wiltshire, Leroy Burgess, Patrick Adams, Stan Lucas and others.[1] Class Action was directed by Larry Levan and featured Christine Wiltshire as vocalist. Both groups are best known for their club hit, "Weekend", written by James Calloway and Leroy Burgess. The 1983 version was remixed by Morales and Munzibai and Larry Levan and produced by Bob Blank and Lola Blank.

History[edit]

The song "Weekend" was originally recorded on Atlantic Records by Patrick Adams' studio group Phreek of which Wiltshire was a member.[2][3] The song was heavily played by Larry Levan yet it was commercially unavailable so it did not enter any charts.[4] In the early 1980s, William Socolov, the co-owner of Sleeping Bag Records, invited Levan to make a new version of "Weekend". It became more successful than the original version, peaking at No. 54 on the British pop chart[4][5] and No. 9 on the Billboard Dance chart.[6]

Discography[edit]

Phreek[edit]

Albums[7]
  • 1978: Patrick Adams Presents Phreek (Atlantic)
Singles[7]
  • 1978: "Weekend / "Have A Good Day" (Atlantic)
  • 1978: "Weekend / "May My Love Be With You" (Atlantic)
  • 1983: "Weekend" (Original version) (Atlantic)

Class Action[edit]

Singles[8]

Track listing[edit]

Phreek version
12"
single

Side A:

  1. "Weekend" (James Calloway, Leroy Burgess) – 8:12

Side B:

  1. "Have A Good Day" (Patrick Adams, Venus Dodson) – 5:44
  • Mix: Issy Sanchez (A), Patrick Adams (B)
  • Producer: Leroy Burgess, Patrick Adams
Class Action version
12" single

Weekday Side:

  1. "Week End" (Vocal) – 9:38
  2. "Week End" (Dub) – 8:34

Weekend Side:

  1. "Week End" (Vocal) – 8:21
  2. "Week End" (Acapella) – 3:03
  • Mix: Sergio Munzibai, John Morales (A1, A2, B2), Larry Levan (B1)
  • Written by: James Calloway, Leroy Burgess
  • Producer: Bob Blank, Lola Blank

Chart performance[edit]

Year Title Label Peak chart positions[5][6]
U.S. U.S. Dance U.S. R&B UK
1978 "Weekend" (by Phreek) Atlantic
1983 "Weekend" (by Class Action) Sleeping Bag No. 9 No. 54

Legacy[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Production notes on Phreek' records issued by Atlantic Records.
  2. ^ Lawrence, Tim (2003). Love saves the day: a history of American dance music culture, 1970-1979. Duke University Press, 2003. p. 356. ISBN 0-8223-3198-5. 
  3. ^ "Nightclubbing". Billboard (magazine). 95: 51. Feb 5, 1983. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  4. ^ a b Lawrence, Tim (2009). Hold on to your dreams: Arthur Russell and the downtown music scene, 1973-1992. Duke University Press, 2009. p. 226. ISBN 0-89820-160-8. 
  5. ^ a b "Class Action (1983) at ChartStats". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  6. ^ a b c "Class Action on Billboard charts". Allmusic, Billboard. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  7. ^ a b "Class Action (1983) on Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  8. ^ "Class Action (1983) on Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  9. ^ "Nightclubbing". CMJ New Music Monthly. 29: 6. Feb 26, 1983. ISSN 1074-6978.