Jonzun Crew

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Jonzun Crew
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Electro, funk, hip hop
Years active 1982–1990
Labels Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
A&M Records
Critique Records
Associated acts Planet Patrol
Arthur Baker
Afrika Bambaataa
New Edition
New Kids on the Block
Members Maurice Starr
Soni Jonzun
Past members Michael Jonzun
Gordon Worthy
Steve Thorpe

Jonzun Crew was an electro and early funkhip hop group that was active in the 1980s.[1] The group was led by Michael Jonzun, his brothers Maurice Starr and Soni Jonzun, and Carl (Captain Fingers).

The group's most famous tracks, “Pack Jam (Look out for the OVC),” “Space is the Place,” and “Space Cowboy” were featured on the group's debut album, Lost in Space (1983). Other notable tracks included “We Are the Jonzun Crew” and “Ground Control.” The group's sound was particularly unique because all of the synthesizer parts were played live as opposed to sequenced, and despite using drum-machine hits in its tracks, most of the group's songs used a live drummer as the main drum track, giving its songs a unique groove and swing compared to most electro music of the era.[2]

Jonzun Crew was an electro group that carried its spin on Parliament-Funkadelic's loopy sci-fi themes of Afro-futurism throughout the 1980s and early 1990s for a handful of albums, which included singles such as “Pack Jam (Look Out for the OVC),” “Space is the Place,” “Space Cowboy,” and “We are the Jonzun Crew.” Florida-born brothers Michael, Soni, and Larry Johnson (better known as Maurice Starr) formed the Jonzun Crew in Boston in 1981, with Gordy Worthy and Steve Thorpe filling out the lineup for different stretches of the group's existence. Starr and Michael would gain further notoriety for helping to bring New Edition and New Kids on the Block to the world; Michael (who continued using Jonzun as his last name) also went solo for a brief period on A&M, in addition to working on several other artists' releases.

In 1986, Michael Jonzun left the group. “Pack Jam (Look out for the OVC)” was often played in the background while the rundown of top hits in Germany were counted on the German-language Top Hits show Formel Eins during the 1980s.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Lost in Space (1983)
  • Down to Earth (1984)
  • Cosmic Love (1990)

Singles[edit]

  • Pack Jam (1982)
  • Space Cowboy (1983)
  • Space Is the Place (1983)
  • We Are the Jonzun Crew (1983)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jonzun Crew, Space is the Place, Lost In Space, Pack Jam". Smack-dynamik.com. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  2. ^ by RETALI8. "Jonzun Crew – We Are The Jonzun Crew + Pack Jam | 80s Electro Funk". Cold Crush. Retrieved 2012-03-28.