MC Remedee and Suzy Q
|Labels||Rhythm King, ffrr|
|Past members||Susie Banfield
- MC Remedee (real name Debbie Pryce, 4 December 1966)
- Susie Q (born Susan Banfield, 10 March 1967)
Their career took off after winning a national rap championship and recording two sessions for the John Peel BBC Radio 1 show. They gained a recording contract from the UK dance record label Rhythm King and were put in the studio with the production trio Beatmasters, who put them in a house music direction.
In July 1987, the resultant single "Rok Da House" was popular in the nightclubs. Their follow-up single "Females" also was a minor hit in October 1987. The continuing popularity of "Rok Da House" in nightclubs eventually renewed interest in the track and garnered a couple of television appearances on the No Limits programme. The record was re-issued at end of December 1987 and crossed over into the mainstream. The song became a Top 5 hit in the UK Singles Chart at the beginning of February 1988, and was even used for an advertising campaign. The track is often quoted as being the first hip house record.[who?]
The duo moved on to another record label, ffrr and different producers, resulting in a string of hit singles in 1989, with "Born This Way (Let's Dance)", "Got To Keep On" with Edwin Starr and "Come And Get Some"; plus the album Born This Way! which reached number 24 in the UK Albums Chart. Got To Keep On" also reached #33 in the U.S. Dance chart.
By 1992 there were differences of opinion between the duo, who wanted to pursue more of an orthodox hip hop/rap style, and ffrr's parent label London Records, who wanted to steer the duo towards more of a pop oriented style of rap. This resulted in the duo parting company with ffrr and retiring from the hip hop/rap scene. Despite this Pryce and Banfield have remained involved with other projects within the music industry.
|Year||Title||UK Singles Chart|
|July||1987||"Rok Da House"||–|
|January||1988||"Rok Da House" ¹||5|
|January||1989||"Born This Way (Let's Dance)"||23|
|March||1989||"Got to Keep On"||17|
|July||1989||"Come On and Get Some"||42|
|July||1991||"Secrets (Of Success)" ²||53|
|September||1991||"Love Will Bring Us Back Together"||–|
|January||1992||"Brother Like Sister"||–|
¹ - Credited to Beatmasters featuring the Cookie Crew
² - Credited to Cookie Crew featuring Dancin' Danny D (of D Mob)