Inner City (band)

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Inner City
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres House, techno, Detroit techno
Years active 1987–1993; 1998–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 house and techno group that formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1987. The group is composed of the record producer and composer Kevin Saunderson and the Chicago, Illinois native 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 dance charts in America and the UK eight times, hit the Top 40 in the UK Singles Chart nine times,[1] and sold around six million records.[citation needed] The group is best known for its early dancefloor-pop music crossover tracks "Big Fun" (UK #8, US Dance #1) and "Good Life" (UK #4, US Dance #1). Other hits include "Do You Love What You Feel" (UK #16, US Dance #1) and "Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin'" (UK #12, US Dance #8). 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.[citation needed] The group recorded three albums for Virgin/EMI Records and one single for Columbia/SME Records.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album UK
[1]
US AUS
[2]
1989 Paradise (renamed Big Fun in the U.S.) 3 162 38
1990 Paradise Remixed 17
1990 Fire
1992 Praise 52
1993 Testament ’93 33
2003 Good Life—the Best of Inner City

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
UK
[1]
US
[3]
US
Dance

[3]
AUS
[4]
AUT
[5]
GER IRE
[6]
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 "Pennies From Heaven" 24 1 122 51
"Follow Your Heart" 2
"Hallelujah '92" 22
"Praise" 59
"Till We Meet Again" (remix) 55
1993 "Back Together Again" 49 Singles only
1994 "Do Ya" 44 5
"Share My Life" 62 24
1995 "Ahnonghay"
"Your Love" 28
1996 "Do Me Right" 47
1999 "Good Life (Buena Vida)" PIAS re-recording) 10 73 48
2000 "Good Love"
2001 "Pump It Up Dub" (with E-Dancer)
2004 "Say Something"
2011 "Future" (as Kevin Saunderson featuring Inner City)
2014 "Bad Girl" (as Kevin Saunderson featuring Inner City)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 269. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Australiancharts.com Inner City 'Paradise' Australian chart run". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2014-11-16. 
  3. ^ a b Inner City. "Inner City - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  4. ^ Australian (ARIA) peak chart positions:
    • All peaks before 1990: Provided by ARIA through reply to chart inquiry, received 17 January 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
    • Top 100 peaks from 1990 onwards: Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
    • Peaks for 'That Man (He's All Mine)' and 'Pennies From Heaven' outside the top 100: provided by ARIA through reply to chart inquiry, received 5 June 2015. Retrieved 13 June, 2015.
  5. ^ Austrian peaks
  6. ^ Search for Irish peaks
  7. ^ Dutch peaks
  8. ^ New Zealand peaks
  9. ^ Swiss peaks
  10. ^ "Certified Awards". BPI. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 

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