Man Parrish

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Man Parrish
Birth name Manuel Joseph Parrish
Born (1958-05-06) May 6, 1958 (age 56)
Genres Electro, old school hip hop
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1982–2014
Labels Polydor/PolyGram Records
Hot Productions
Elektra Records
Notable instruments
Drum machine
Synthesizer
Keyboards
Sequencer

Man Parrish (born Manuel Joseph Parrish, May 6, 1958) is an American composer, songwriter, vocalist and producer. He, along with artists such as Yellow Magic Orchestra, Kraftwerk, Art of Noise, Arthur Baker, Afrika Bambaataa, John Robie, Jellybean Benitez and Aldo Marin, helped create and define electro in the early 1980s.

Biography[edit]

A native New Yorker of Italian descent, Parrish was a member of the extended family that converged nightly at Studio 54. His nickname, Man, first appeared in Andy Warhol's Interview magazine, and his early live shows at Bronx hip-hop clubs were spectacles of lights, glitter, and pyrotechnics, which drew as much from the Warhol mystique as the Cold Crush Brothers.[1]

His premier release was "Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don’t Stop)" issued in 1982, which was featured in the film Shaun of the Dead, the video game GTA: Vice City, and was sampled in Sway & King Tech's 1991 song "Follow 4 Now" from their second album "Concrete Jungle." He eventually signed with Elektra Records but was dropped from the label in 1984 when it decided not to release the album he had recorded for it.

As of the 2010s, Parrish is on Pink Biscuit Records and was scheduled to release a record via Southern Fried Records, the label owned by Fatboy Slim.

Discographia[edit]

Selected albums[edit]

  • Best Of Man Parrish, CD (Hot Records)
  • DreamTime, CD (Hot Records)
  • If You Think You’re Nasty, CD (Man Made Records / Hot Associated)
  • Man Parrish 2nd Album, CD (Man Made Records/Hot Associated)
  • Man Parrish, LP (Importe/12 Records) (Originally recorded for Elektra Records)
  • The Best of Man Parrish, CD (Ram's Horn Records)

Selected singles[edit]

  • Boogie Down (Bronx), 12" (Rams Horn Records)
  • Boogie Down, 12" (Polydor LTD. (UK))
  • Brown Sugar 12" (Select Records)
  • Heatstroke / Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop), 12" (Rams Horn Records)
  • Hey There Home Boys 12" (Sugarscoop Records)
  • Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop) / Boogie Down (Bronx), 12" (Importe/12 Records, re-issued on Old Gold Records Ltd.)
  • I Need A Man, 12" (ZYX)
  • Just Want To Be 12" (Sugarscoop Records)
  • Male Stripper/All Men Are Beasts, 12" (Recca Records)
  • Man Made, 12" (Importe/12 Records)
  • Motor Bike 12" (Throb Records)
  • One Look Was Enough 12" (Dice Records)
  • Six Simple Synthesizers, 12" (Rams Horn Records)
  • Smooth 12" with Freddy Fresh (Obsessive)
  • Who Me 12" (Select Records)
  • Strange Love 12" The Holy Trinity with Steven Jones, Donna Destri (Etrangers Musique)

Remixes and productions[edit]

  • Paul Parker "One Look" (Man Parrish Mix), 12" (Dice Records)
  • Michael Jackson "Speed Demon" (Remix) Sony/Epic
  • Village People "YMCA" (Man Parrish Live Show Remix)
  • Village People "Macho Man" (Man Parrish Live Show Remix)
  • Village People "In The Navy" (Man Parrish Live Show Remix)
  • Village People "San Francisco" (Man Parrish Live Show Remix)
  • Village People "Trash Disko" (Man Parrish Live Show Remix)
  • Two Sisters "High Noon" (Sugarscoop Records)
  • Two Sister "B-Boys Beware" (Sugarscoop Records)
  • Rama "Don't Want you to Be" (Sugarscoop Records)
  • John Sex "Rock Your Body" (Dream Records)
  • Boy George & Marilyn "Spirit In The Sky" (Man Parrish Live Show Remix)
  • Company B "Fascinated" Remix (Hot Productions)
  • Gloria Gaynor " I Am What I Am" Original Version (S. Blue Records)
  • Donna Destri "Rebel Rebel" (Main Man Records)

Appearances and compilations[edit]

  • Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop) on DJ-Kicks, CD (Studio !K7)
  • Boogie Down Bronx on MASK 500, 12" (SKAM)
  • Manmade on Mixed Up In The Hague Vol. 1, CD (Panama)
  • Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop) on Street Sounds Crucial Electro, LP (Street Sounds)
  • Motorbike on Window Shopping In The Mirror, 12" (Throbdisk)
  • Smooth on Freddy Fresh Presents AbstractFunkTheory, 3x12" (Obsessive)
  • Boogie Down Bronx on Viva Hacienda - Fifteen Years Of Hacienda Nights, 3xCD (Deconstruction)
  • Smooth on Freddy Fresh Presents: AbstractFunkTheory Sampler, 12" (Obsessive)
  • Hip Hop Be-Bop on The Perfect Beats Volume 2, CD (Timber! Records)
  • Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop) on Deep Beats - Essential Electro Dancefloor Classics 1, CD (Castle Communications)
  • Boogie Down (Bronx) on Deep Beats - Essential Electro Dancefloor Classics 1, CD (Castle Communications)
  • Male Stripper (U.S. Original Mix) on Male Stripper, 12" (Ariola)
  • Male Stripper (UK Love Mix) on Male Stripper, 12" (Ariola)
  • Boogie Down Bronx on Urban Theory Presents Electro Science Mixed By The Freestylers, 2xCD (Urban Theory)
  • Hard Hop Reebop on Increase The Beats Volume 1, CD (Thrive Records)
  • Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop) on Street Sounds, New York vs L.A. Beats, LP (Street Sounds)
  • Heatstroke on Kranke Musique Ist Schn, LP (Kranke Musique)
  • Smooth on Abstract Funk Theory, CD (Obsessive)
  • In The Bottle on Abstract Funk Theory, CD (Obsessive)
  • Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop) (Original 12" Mix) on Classic Electro - Definitive Electro Mastercuts Volume 1, CD (Mastercuts)
  • After The Fall on Simple Man, LP (RCA)
  • Icurok on Simple Man, LP (RCA)
  • Rubberband Lazer on Simple Man, LP (RCA)
  • Ding Dong on Simple Man, LP (RCA)
  • Simple Man on Simple Man, LP (RCA)
  • Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop) (Original 12" Mix) on Classic Electro - Definitive Electro Mastercuts Volume 1, 2x12" (Mastercuts)
  • Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop) on Essential Electro, 9x12" (Street Sounds)
  • Hip Hop Be Bop on Best Of Electro Volume 1, CD (Street Sounds)
  • Boogie Down Bronx on Can't You See / Boogie Down Bronx, 7" (Howlin' Records)
  • Doin' It (Hot Single Mix) on Doin' It, 12" (Dice Records)
  • Hip Hop Be Bob (Don't Stop) / Sucker DJ (Suckapella) on The Wild Bunch, CD (Strut)
  • Man Made on Kranke Musique Ist Schn, LP (Kranke Musique)
  • Try My Love (Club Mix) on Try My Love, 12" (Recca Records)
  • Hip Hop Be-Bop on The Perfect Beats Volume 2, 3x12" (Timber! Records)
  • Hip Hop, Be Bop on Hot Disco Takes 2, 12" (Rams Horn Records)
  • Le Freak (Extended Version) on Le Freak / Try, 12" (QMI Records)
  • Boogie Down (Bronx) on Boogie Down / Destiny, 12" (Unidisc)
  • Boogie Down (Dub) on Boogie Down / Destiny, 12" (Unidisc)
  • Do Ya Wanna Funk on Do Ya Wanna Funk, 12" (Recca Records)
  • Do Ya Wanna Dub on Do Ya Wanna Funk, 12" (Recca Records)
  • Radio Funk on Do Ya Wanna Funk, 12" (Recca Records)
  • I Need A Man (New York Remix) on N.Y.E.P, 12" (Recca Records)
  • The Lonliest Man In The World on N.Y.E.P, 12" (Recca Records)
  • Love Me Like A Locomotive (Man-Hattan Express Mix) on N.Y.E.P, 12" (Recca Records)
  • I Need A Man (Original Mix) on N.Y.E.P, 12" (Recca Records)
  • Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop) on 80's Dance Party: Volume One, CD (SPG Music Productions Ltd.)
  • Hip Hop Be Bop on Best Of Electro Volume 1, 2x12" (Street Sounds)
  • Hard Hop Re Bop (Hard Hop Mix) on SoundShock Vol. 1, The Funky Breaks Edition, CD (StreetBeat Records)
  • Male Stripper (Out Of The Ordinary Techno Mix) on Male Stripper / Action!, 12" (ZYX)
  • Action! (Dance Floor Action!) on Male Stripper / Action!, 12" (ZYX)
  • Energy Is Eurobeat (UK Mix) on Energy Is Eurobeat, 12" (Bolts Records)
  • I Need A Man on Energy Is Eurobeat, 12" (Bolts Records)
  • Male Stripper (On The House Mix) on Energy Is Eurobeat, 12" (Bolts Records)

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