Michael Jonzun

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Michael Jonzun, a musician and producer of electro, and especially electro funk, was born in Florida, and formed the Jonzun Crew in Boston with Steve Thorpe and Gordy Worthy.[1] In the early 1980s, the group recorded electro dance tracks including "Pack Jam (Look Out for the OVC)" and "Space Cowboy".[2] The former was inspired by Michael Jonzun's distaste toward the popular Pac-Man video game.[3]

He made several more LPs with less commercial success through the 1980s and produced many other artists' recordings. His brother and frequent collaborator is Maurice Starr, mastermind of New Edition and New Kids on the Block; Michael Jonzun contributed to early tracks by both groups.[4] He also worked on Peter Wolf's Lights Out and Tom Browne's Rockin' Radio. In 1986, he left the band to pursue a solo career and released an album on A&M Records.

Discography[edit]

  • Down To Earth (1984) - The Jonzun Crew Featuring Michael Jonzun (Tommy Boy Records)
  • Money Isn't Everything (1986) - Michael Jonzun (A&M Records)

Singles & EPs

  • Time Is Running Out (1984) - The Jonzun Crew Featuring Michael Jonzun (Tommy Boy Records)
  • Lovin'/Mechanism (1984) - The Jonzun Crew Featuring Michael Jonzun (Tommy Boy Records)
  • Redd Hott Mama (1985) - The Jonzun Crew Featuring Michael Jonzun (A&M Records)
  • Games People Play (1986) - Michael Jonzun (A&M Records)
  • Burnin' Up (1986) - Michael Jonzun (A&M Records)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "The Jonzun Crew - Biography". allmusic.com. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Lost in Space - The Jonzun Crew | Review". allmusic.com. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Vocoder: From Speech-Scrambling To Robot Rock". NPR. May 13, 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Michael Jonzun - Biography". allmusic.com. Retrieved 12 January 2011.