Man Parrish

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Man Parrish
Birth nameManuel Joseph Parrish
Born (1958-05-06) May 6, 1958 (age 64)
OriginNew York, U.S.
GenresOld school hip hop, electronic
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer, songwriter
Years active1982–present
LabelsPolydor/PolyGram, Hot Productions, Elektra
Parrish Digital (current)
Websitemanparrish.com

Manuel Joseph "Man" Parrish (born May 6, 1958) is an American songwriter, vocalist and producer. He, along with artists such as Yellow Magic Orchestra, Kraftwerk, Art of Noise, Arthur Baker, Afrika Bambaataa, John Robie, Jellybean Benitez, Lotti Golden, Richard Scher and Aldo Marin, helped create and define electro in the early 1980s.[1]

Biography[edit]

Parrish is a native New Yorker[1] of Italian descent. He attended the High School for the Performing Arts and the Academy for Dramatic Arts (NYC) as a teenager. He moonlighted as a non singing, onstage "extra" role in several operas at the Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan.

Parrish left home at the age of 14 and was a member of the extended family that converged nightly at Studio 54.[1] His nickname, Man, first appeared in Andy Warhol's Interview magazine.[1] Andy Warhol gave him the name "Man". His early live shows at Bronx hip-hop clubs were spectacles of lights, glitter, and pyrotechnics, which drew as much from the Warhol mystique as the Cold Crush Brothers.[1]

His first release was "Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop)" issued in 1982,[2] which has later been featured in the film Shaun of the Dead, the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City which sold millions of copies. It was sampled in Sway & King Tech's 1991 song "Follow 4 Now", from their second album, Concrete Jungle. His biggest chart success in the UK was his recording of "Male Stripper" with Man 2 Man, which peaked at No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

He eventually signed with Elektra Records via David Bowie's manager Tony DeFries who also managed his music career, but was dropped from the label in 1984, when they decided not to release the album he had recorded for them. Elektra signed him for dance music, his manager wanted him to create pop-rock.

He has mixed, produced and worked with various artists such as Boy George, Michael Jackson and Gloria Gaynor.[1] He later served as the road manager for the Village People.[1]

In 2010s, Parrish was in negotiations with Pink Biscuit Records and was scheduled to release a record via Southern Fried Records, the label owned by Fatboy Slim. Parrish started his own label instead.

From 2000 to 2015, he created the longest running underground New York City club party, at the CockBar.

In 2018, three pieces of his musical works were accepted into the Museum of Modern Art's MoMA permanent collection in New York City. Film scores for Behive, (a modern dance film), The Jones's, (an indie art film) and his 1983 music video for "Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop)".

In 2018, he also did a sound performance – installation for MoMA PS1 titled The Box, asking the question: Is Sound Considered Art?

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Man Parrish (Importe/12 Records, 1982)
  • Boogie Down (Rams Horn Records, 1985)
  • The Best of Man Parrish (Rams Horn Records, 1991)
  • Dreamtime (Hot Records, 1996)
  • Star (Parrish Digital, 2017)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[3]
US Dance
[4][5]
US R&B
[4]
AUS
[6]
NZ
1982 "Man Made"
"Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop)" 41 4 66
1983 "Heatstroke" 83
1984 "Boogie Down (Bronx)" 56 76
1985 "Hey There, Home Boys"
1986 "Male Stripper"
(with Man 2 Man)
4 3 8
1987 "Brown Sugar"
1991 "From Here to Eternity"
(with Paul Parker)
"–" denotes releases that did not chart.

Remixes and productions[edit]

  • Paul Parker "One Look" (Man Parrish Mix), 12" (Dice Records)
  • Michael Jackson "Speed Demon" (Remix) Sony/Epic
  • Village People "YMCA" (Man Parrish Live Show Remix)
  • Village People "Macho Man" (Man Parrish Live Show Remix)
  • Village People "In the Navy" (Man Parrish Live Show Remix)
  • Village People "San Francisco" (Man Parrish Live Show Remix)
  • Village People "Trash Disko" (Man Parrish Live Show Remix)
  • Two Sisters "High Noon" (Sugarscoop Records)
  • Two Sister "B-Boys Beware" (Sugarscoop Records)
  • Rama "Don't Want You to Be" (Sugarscoop Records)
  • John Sex "Rock Your Body" (Dream Records)
  • Boy George & Marilyn "Spirit in the Sky" (Man Parrish Live Show Remix)
  • Company B "Fascinated" Remix (Hot Productions)
  • Gloria Gaynor " I Am What I Am" Original Version (S. Blue Records)
  • Donna Destri "Rebel Rebel" (Main Man Records)

Appearances and compilations[edit]

  • Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop) on DJ-Kicks, CD (Studio !K7)
  • Boogie Down Bronx on MASK 500, 12" (SKAM)
  • Manmade on Mixed Up in the Hague Vol. 1, CD (Panama)
  • Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop) on Street Sounds Crucial Electro, LP (Street Sounds)
  • Motorbike on Window Shopping in the Mirror, 12" (Throbdisk)
  • Smooth on Freddy Fresh Presents AbstractFunkTheory, 3x12" (Obsessive)
  • Boogie Down Bronx on Viva Hacienda – Fifteen Years of Hacienda Nights, 3xCD (Deconstruction)
  • Smooth on Freddy Fresh Presents: AbstractFunkTheory Sampler, 12" (Obsessive)
  • Hip Hop Be-Bop on the Perfect Beats Volume 2, CD (Timber! Records)
  • Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop) on Deep Beats – Essential Electro Dancefloor Classics 1, CD (Castle Communications)
  • Boogie Down (Bronx) on Deep Beats – Essential Electro Dancefloor Classics 1, CD (Castle Communications)
  • Male Stripper (U.S. Original Mix) on Male Stripper, 12" (Ariola)
  • Male Stripper (UK Love Mix) on Male Stripper, 12" (Ariola)
  • Boogie Down Bronx on Urban Theory Presents Electro Science Mixed by the Freestylers, 2xCD (Urban Theory)
  • Hard Hop Reebop on Increase the Beats Volume 1, CD (Thrive Records)
  • Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop) on Street Sounds, New York vs L.A. Beats, LP (Street Sounds)
  • Heatstroke on Kranke Musique Ist Schn, LP (Kranke Musique)
  • Smooth on Abstract Funk Theory, CD (Obsessive)
  • In the Bottle on Abstract Funk Theory, CD (Obsessive)
  • Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop) (Original 12" Mix) on Classic Electro – Definitive Electro Mastercuts Volume 1, CD (Mastercuts)
  • After the Fall on Klaus NomiSimple Man, LP (RCA)
  • Icurok on Klaus Nomi – Simple Man, LP (RCA)
  • Rubberband Lazer on Klaus Nomi – Simple Man, LP (RCA)
  • Ding Dong on Klaus Nomi – Simple Man, LP (RCA)
  • Simple Man on Klaus Nomi – Simple Man, LP (RCA)
  • Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop) (Original 12" Mix) on Classic Electro – Definitive Electro Mastercuts Volume 1, 2x12" (Mastercuts)
  • Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop) on Essential Electro, 9x12" (Street Sounds)
  • Hip Hop Be Bop on Best of Electro Volume 1, CD (Street Sounds)
  • Boogie Down Bronx on Can't You See / Boogie Down Bronx, 7" (Howlin' Records)
  • Doin' It (Hot Single Mix) on Doin' It, 12" (Dice Records)
  • Hip Hop Be Bob (Don't Stop) / Sucker DJ (Suckapella) on the Wild Bunch, CD (Strut)
  • Man Made on Kranke Musique Ist Schn, LP (Kranke Musique)
  • Try My Love (Club Mix) on Try My Love, 12" (Recca Records)
  • Hip Hop Be-Bop on the Perfect Beats Volume 2, 3x12" (Timber! Records)
  • Hip Hop, Be Bop on Hot Disco Takes 2, 12" (Rams Horn Records)
  • Le Freak (Extended Version) on Le Freak / Try, 12" (QMI Records)
  • Boogie Down (Bronx) on Boogie Down / Destiny, 12" (Unidisc)
  • Boogie Down (Dub) on Boogie Down / Destiny, 12" (Unidisc)
  • Do Ya Wanna Funk on Do Ya Wanna Funk, 12" (Recca Records)
  • Do Ya Wanna Dub on Do Ya Wanna Funk, 12" (Recca Records)
  • Radio Funk on Do Ya Wanna Funk, 12" (Recca Records)
  • I Need a Man (New York Remix) on N.Y.E.P, 12" (Recca Records)
  • The Lonliest Man in the World on N.Y.E.P, 12" (Recca Records)
  • Love Me Like a Locomotive (Man-Hattan Express Mix) on N.Y.E.P, 12" (Recca Records)
  • I Need a Man (Original Mix) on N.Y.E.P, 12" (Recca Records)
  • Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop) on 80's Dance Party: Volume One, CD (SPG Music Productions Ltd.)
  • Hip Hop Be Bop on Best of Electro Volume 1, 2x12" (Street Sounds)
  • Hard Hop Re Bop (Hard Hop Mix) on SoundShock Vol. 1, The Funky Breaks Edition, CD (StreetBeat Records)
  • Male Stripper (Out of the Ordinary Techno Mix) on Male Stripper / Action!, 12" (ZYX)
  • Action! (Dance Floor Action!) on Male Stripper / Action!, 12" (ZYX)
  • Energy Is Eurobeat (UK Mix) on Energy Is Eurobeat, 12" (Bolts Records)
  • I Need a Man on Energy Is Eurobeat, 12" (Bolts Records)
  • Male Stripper (On the House Mix) on Energy Is Eurobeat, 12" (Bolts Records)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Cooper, Sean. "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Dance Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 209. ISBN 0-7535-0252-6.
  3. ^ "MAN PARISH | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Man Parrish Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  5. ^ "Chart History - Man Parrish: Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 3, 2022.
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts". Chart Beats. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  7. ^ "Man 2 Man - Male Stripper". bpi.co.uk. Retrieved April 5, 2022.

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