Dee C. Lee
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|Dee C. Lee|
|Birth name||Diane Catherine Sealy|
6 June 1961 |
Balham, south London, UK
Lee was a backing vocalist for the pop group Wham! in the early 1980s, but she left the group to work as a solo artist and also to join Paul Weller's band, The Style Council. She was later married to Weller for ten years (but now divorced), they have two children, Leah and Natt.
Following her departure from Wham!, Lee released her first solo single, "Selina Wow Wow", in 1983. Despite considerable airplay, the single failed to reach the UK Singles Chart. In 1984, she then worked with The Style Council and appeared on their debut album Café Bleu (released as My Ever Changing Moods in North America). Lee can be heard on the tracks "Headstart for Happiness", "It Didn't Matter", "The Lodgers", "Walls Come Tumbling Down", and "Shout to the Top", Lee continued to record solo material during this time, but singles "Yippee Yi Yay!" and "Don't Do It Baby" failed to chart.
In 1985, after the release of the second Style Council album Our Favourite Shop, and a stint working with the band Animal Nightlife, Lee released another solo single; the self-penned ballad "See the Day". The single became a hit and peaked at No. 3 in the UK chart in December 1985, selling a quarter of a million copies in the UK alone, and earning Lee a silver disc. Twenty years later, the song was covered by Girls Aloud, their version peaking at No. 9 on the UK Singles Chart in December 2005. Her follow-up singles, a cover of Judie Tzuke's "Come Hell Or Waters High" and "Hold On" failed to make the UK Top 40. All tracks were featured on her 1986 album Shrine.
Throughout the rest of the 1980s, Lee continued to work with The Style Council on their albums The Cost of Loving (1987) and Confessions of a Pop Group (1988). She also worked with the band on their 1989 recording Modernism: A New Decade, but this album was rejected by the band's label, Polydor, and did not see a release until almost ten years later, when it was included in the boxed set, The Complete Adventures of The Style Council.
Between 1989 and 1991, Lee teamed up with Robert Howard of The Blow Monkeys to form Slam Slam. They achieved a number of minor UK club successes including "Move (Dance All Night)" and "Free Your Feelings", the latter produced by Young Disciples. In 1993, Lee later collaborated with Gang Starr frontman Guru, on a single from his solo project Jazzmatazz called "No Time to Play" on which also featured Ronny Jordan. It peaked at No. 25 in the UK in November 1993. Later in the 1990s, Lee released two further solo albums; Things Will Be Sweeter (1994) and Smiles (1998).
In 2006, Lee had a small part as a pop star in the film Rabbit Fever. In September 2007, she performed her hit "See The Day" on ITV1's Loose Women show. In September 2007 she also performed at a charity event in aid of combating domestic violence.
Lee also played the part of Preaching Nut-Nut in a 2008 short film, The Town that Boars Me, which tells the tale of a Pig Boy created by the lonely town butcher. The Pig Boy, now banished from the town, returns at nightfall to torment the local women and satisfy his insatiable fetish for high-heeled shoes. The film was released in London on 28 August 2008.
On 31 May 2009, Lee joined ex-Level 42 musicians, Mike Lindup and Phil Gould, to play a comeback gig with a collective called 'Favoured Nations'. The gig took place at Ginglik, Shepherd's Bush, London. On 11 October 2009, she played a gig at Dingwalls in Camden Town.
Lee played two concerts in 2010. The first was on 30 April 2010, at Pizza on the Park, Hyde Park Corner, London and the second on 31 December at Shades of Soul, New Year's Eve Extravaganza, Live Funk and Soul at The Pheasantry. This featured Lee, Louise (Funk Affair) and Nathan Watson. The setlist was:- "Things Will be Sweeter", "See The Day", "Walk Away From the Floor", "It's Gonna Be Alright", "No Time To Play", "Set Your Spirit Free" and "Come Hell or Waters High".
- Shrine – CBS – 1986
- Things Will Be Sweeter – Cleartone – 1994
- Smiles – Pony Canyon – 1998
- "Selina Wow Wow" – CBS – 1984 (UK #88)
- "Yippee Yi Yay!"- CBS – 1984
- "Don't Do It Baby" – CBS – 1984
- "See the Day" – CBS – 1985 (UK #3)
- "Come Hell or Waters High" – CBS – 1986 (UK #46)
- "Hold On" – CBS – 1986
- "Hey What'd Ya Say?" – CBS – 1986
- "No Time To Play" – Cooltempo – 1993 (Guru featuring Dee C. Lee & Ronny Jordan) (UK #25)
- "New Reality Vibe" – Mo Wax – 1994
- "Searching" – Toy's Factory – 1995 (Nobukazu Takemura feat Dee C. Lee)
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- Wells, Dominic. Heels before swine in Ben Charles Edwards's The Town That Boars Me, The Times, 14 August 2008.
- Munn, Iain (4 January 2011). "Setlist". Wholepoint.co.uk.
- Official website
- Dee C. Lee on IMDb
- Dee C. Lee profile, Allmusic.com; accessed 26 September 2014.
- Profile, Chartwatch.co.uk; accessed 26 September 2014.
- Munn, Iain (2006). Mr Cool's Dream. The Complete History of the Style Council. Wholepoint Publications. ISBN 0-9551443-0-2.
- Guru (1993). Jazzmatazz Vol.1 an experimental fusion of Hip-Hop an Jazz. Chrysalis Records Inc. UPC-A 0-9463-21998-2-9.
- Profile, discogs.com; accessed 26 September 2014.