Inner City (band)

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Inner City
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres House, electronica, Detroit techno
Years active 1987–present
Labels Virgin/Atlantic Records
Virgin/EMI Records
Columbia/SME Records
Ten Records (United Kingdom)
Members Kevin Saunderson
Paris Grey
Ann Saunderson
Tommy Onyx
Past members Static Revenger
Notable instruments
Roland TR-909

Inner City is an American electronic music group that formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1987. The group is composed of the record producer and composer Kevin Saunderson and the Chicago, Illinois vocalist Paris Grey. Saunderson is renowned as one of the Belleville Three—along with Juan Atkins and Derrick May—high school friends who later originated the Detroit techno sound.

Musical career[edit]

Inner City topped the US Billboard dance chart five times,[1] and had nine top 40 hits on the UK Singles Chart.[2] The group is best known for its early dancefloor-pop music crossover tracks "Big Fun" (UK #8,[2] US Dance #1[1]) and "Good Life" (UK #4,[2] US Dance #1[1]). Other hits include "Do You Love What You Feel" (UK #16,[2] US Dance #1[1]) and "Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin'" (UK #12,[2] US Dance #8[1]). The music videos to these songs received significant airplay throughout the world. Later work introduced a hybrid of techno, jazz and swing beats with a more soulful sound in the vein of downtempo British groups such as Soul II Soul and Massive Attack. The group recorded three albums for Virgin/EMI Records and one single for Columbia/SME Records.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[3][2]
US
[4]
AUS
[5]
GER
[6]
NED
[7]
NZ
[8]
SUI
[9]
1989 Paradise (renamed Big Fun in the U.S.) 3 162 38 21 74 29 18
1990 Paradise Remixed 17
1990 Fire
1992 Praise 52
1993 Testament ’93 33
2003 Good Life—the Best of Inner City
"—" denotes releases that were not released in that country or did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
UK
[2]
US
[11]
US
Dance

[1]
AUS
[5]
AUT
[12]
GER
[13]
IRE
[14]
NED
[7]
NZ
[8]
SUI
[9]
1988 "Big Fun" 8 1 57 15 5 5 3 4 Paradise
"Good Life" 4 73 1 52 12 2 6 6 8 5
1989 "Ain't Nobody Better" 10 1 67 21 24 26 40 9
"Do You Love What You Feel" 16 1 76 22
"Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin'" 12 76 8 86 24 12 Big Fun
1990 "(That Man) He's All Mine" 42 15 143 Fire
1991 "Till We Meet Again" 47
"Let It Reign" 51 40 Praise
1992 "Hallelujah '92" 22
"Pennies from Heaven" 24 1 122 51
"Praise" 59
"Follow Your Heart" 2
1993 "Till We Meet Again" (remix) 55 Singles only
"Back Together Again" 49
1994 "Do Ya" 44 5
"Share My Life" 62 24
1995 "Ahnonghay" 97
1996 "Your Love" 28
"Do Me Right" 47
1999 "Good Life (Buena Vida)" (PIAS re-recording) 10 73 48
2001 "Good Love" 81
"Pump It Up Dub" (with E-Dancer)
2003 "Big Fun" (remix) 86
2004 "Say Something"
2011 "Future" (as Kevin Saunderson featuring Inner City)
2014 "Bad Girl" (as Kevin Saunderson featuring Inner City)
"—" denotes releases that were not released in that country or did not chart.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Billboard > Artists / Inner City > Chart History > Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Official Charts > Inner City". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 269. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Inner City > Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  5. ^ a b Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  6. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Inner City - Paradise (album)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  7. ^ a b "dutchcharts.nl > Discografie Inner City" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  8. ^ a b "charts.org.nz > Discography Inner City". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  9. ^ a b "hitparade.ch > Discographie Inner City" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  10. ^ a b "British Phonographic Industry > Certified Awards > Search results for Inner City". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  11. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Inner City > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  12. ^ Austrian peaks
  13. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Inner City (singles)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know > Search results for Inner City". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 

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