Inner City (band)

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Inner City
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres
Years active 1987–present
Labels KMS
Members
Past members

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. In February 2018, Billboard magazine ranked them as the 69th most successful dance artists of all-time.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Inner City topped the US Billboard dance chart five times,[2] and had nine top 40 hits on the UK Singles Chart.[3] The group is best known for its early dancefloor-pop music crossover tracks "Big Fun" (UK #8,[3] US Dance #1[2]) and "Good Life" (UK #4,[3] US Dance #1[2]). Other hits include "Do You Love What You Feel" (UK #16,[3] US Dance #1[2]) and "Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin'" (UK #12,[3] US Dance #8[2]). 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 two singles for Columbia/SME Records.

In the early nineties Tommy Onyx was brought on to be the band leader for Inner City live shows.[4] Onyx co wrote the hits “Hallelujah”, “Fire” & “Bad Girl” and produced the Spanish language version of Good Life, “Buena Vida”.[5]

In 2017 a new incarnation of the group was formed with Kevin Saunderson’s youngest son Dantiez joining as a permanent fixture.[6] Dantiez and Kevin’s first single as Inner City, “Good Luck”, was released April 14, 2017 on KMS.[7] “Good Luck” features vocals from LaRae Starr and includes remixes from DEAS, Sure Is Pure and Chuck Daniels.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[8][3]
US
[9]
AUS
[10]
GER
[11]
NED
[12]
NZ
[13]
SUI
[14]
1989 Paradise (renamed Big Fun in the U.S.) 3 162 38 21 74 29 18
1990 Paradise Remixed 17 119
1990 Fire 166
1992 Praise 52 135
1993 Testament ’93 33 166
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
[3]
US
[16]
US
Dance

[2]
AUS
[10]
AUT
[17]
GER
[18]
IRE
[19]
NED
[12]
NZ
[13]
SUI
[14]
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)
2017 "Good Luck"
"—" denotes releases that were not released in that country or did not chart.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greatest of All Time Top Dance Club Artists". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Billboard > Artists / Inner City > Chart History > Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Official Charts > Inner City". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  4. ^ Echlin, Hobey. "Pitch'd". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  5. ^ "Tommy Onyx". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  6. ^ "Inner City Feat. LaRae Starr - Good Luck". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  7. ^ "Dance phenomenon Inner City resurfaces with slice of old-school House: 'Good Luck' (feat. Larae Starr) | Armada Music - Home to the music you love". Armada Music - Home to the music you love. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 269. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  9. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Inner City > Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  10. ^ a b Australian (ARIA) peaks:
  11. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Inner City - Paradise (album)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  12. ^ a b "dutchcharts.nl > Discografie Inner City" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  13. ^ a b "charts.org.nz > Discography Inner City". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  14. ^ a b "hitparade.ch > Discographie Inner City" (in German). Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2015-03-23. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  15. ^ a b "British Phonographic Industry > Certified Awards > Search results for Inner City". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  16. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Inner City > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  17. ^ Austrian peaks
  18. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Inner City (singles)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  19. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know > Search results for Inner City". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2016-01-15.

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