Unique (band)

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Origin New York, United States
Genres Post-disco
Garage house
Years active 1982–1984
Labels Prelude (US)
Past members Deems J. Smith
Darryl K. Henry

Unique was a short-lived post-disco studio act from New York, best known for their crossover number "What I Got Is What You Need" released in 1983 for a well-established dance label, Prelude Records. The group was formed by producer/songwriter Deems J. Smith in 1982 and consists of Smith and Darryl K. Henry.[1] The said hit song somewhat established itself on the Billboard Dance Singles and Black Singles charts and even scored over the atlantic reaching No. 27 on UK Singles Chart.[2][3][4][5]


Around 1982, Deems with other studio musicians was signed to dance record label Prelude under the name Unique and released two singles for the same label: "What I Got Is What You Need" in 1983[6] and "You Make Me Feel So Good" in 1984.[6]

Their most successful track "What I Got Is What You Need" has been reissued on various compilation albums, for example: Dance Mix - Dance Hits Volume 2 (1983, CBS), Essential 80's Garage Dancefloor Classics Volume 1 (1994, Deepbeats), Ferry Maat's Soul Show: Saturday Night Grooves (2005, Disky), and on Prelude's Greatest Hits - Volume 3 (Unidisc).

Chart performance[edit]

Year Title Label Peak chart positions[4][2]
U.S. U.S. Dance U.S. R&B UK
1983 "What I Got Is What You Need" Prelude
30 78 27
1984 "You Make Me Feel So Good" Prelude



"What I Got Is What You Need"
U.S., UK
12" single
  1. "What I Got Is What You Need" - 6:36
  2. "What I Got Is What You Need" - 5:54
  • Written-by: Mona M. Norris, Deems J. Smith, Darryl K. Henry.
  • Mixed-by: David Todd, Nick Martinelli
  • Producer: Deems J. Smith
"You Make Me Feel So Good"
12" single
  1. "You Make Me Feel So Good" (Vocal) - 5:53
  2. "You Make Me Feel So Good" (Instrumental) - 5:53
  • Written-by: Deems J. Smith
  • Producer: Deems J. Smith
  • Mixing: Shep Pettibone


  1. ^ Unique (band) at AllMusic. Retrieved July 1, 2009
  2. ^ a b "'What I Got Is What You Need' at ChartStats". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  3. ^ "search for "Unique" chart performance on EveryHit.com". EveryHit. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  4. ^ a b "AMG: Unique - Billboard charts". All Music Guide. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/hip-hop singles, 1942-2004 (5th ed.). California, U.S.: Record Research Inc., 2004 (originally) the University of California). p. 598. ISBN 0-89820-160-8. 
  6. ^ a b "Unique discography". Discogs. Retrieved 2009-07-01.