Cookie Crew

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Cookie Crew
Cookie Crew.jpg
MC Remedee and Suzy Q
Background information
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Hip hop, hip house
Years active 1983–1992
Labels Rhythm King, FFRR
Past members Susie Banfield
Debbie Pryce

Cookie Crew were a rap music duo formed in Clapham, South London in 1983.


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 television appearances on the No Limits programme. The record was re-issued at the 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,[1] and was used for an advertising campaign. The "embryonic hip-house track"[2] was "one of the earliest examples of hip house"[3].

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.[1] "Got to Keep On" also reached #33 in the U.S. Dance chart.[4]

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.

The two continued to perform and travel the world. Banfield is the sister of The Pasadenas' singer Andrew Banfield, and Pryce was formerly a chef for the Ministry of Defence.

Group members[edit]

  • MC Remedee (born Debbie Pryce, 4 December 1966)
  • Susie Q (born Susan Banfield, 10 March 1967)



Year Single Peak chart positions Album

US Dance
US R&B HipHop
1987 "Rok Da House" (as Beatmasters feat. The Cookie Crew) 79 Anywayawanna
"Females" 78 18 20 16 75 single only
1988 "Rok Da House" (as Beatmasters feat. The Cookie Crew) (reissue) 5 17 15 32 35 37 7 Anywayawanna
1989 "Born This Way (Let's Dance)" 23 28 45 28 Born This Way!
"Got to Keep On" 17 29 33
"Come On and Get Some" 42
1991 "Secrets (Of Success)" 53 Fade To Black
"Love Will Bring Us Back Together"
1992 "Brother Like Sister" 46
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.



  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 119. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Tom Breihan, "Bring Hip House Back", Village Voice, October 23, 2006
  3. ^ Charlotte Richardson, "Brit-hop: 10 of the best", The Guardian, July 9, 2014
  4. ^ a b - Charts & Awards
  5. ^ "Cookie Crew - UK Chart". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Cookie Crew - Dutch chart". 20 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Cookie Crew - Belgian Chart". Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Cookie Crew - French Chart". Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Cookie Crew - Australian chart". Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Cookie Crew - New Zealand Chart". Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Cookie Crew - US Dance Club". Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Cookie Crew - US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Retrieved 20 September 2014. 

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