World Clique

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World Clique
Deee-Lite-World Clique (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Deee-Lite
Released August 7, 1990
Recorded January - May 1990
Genre House
Length 48:19
Label Elektra
Producer Deee-Lite
Deee-Lite chronology
World Clique
Infinity Within
Singles from World Clique
  1. "Groove Is in the Heart"
    Released: August 1990
  2. "Power of Love"
    Released: 1990
  3. "E.S.P."
    Released: 1991
  4. "How Do You Say...Love" / "Groove Is in the Heart (remix)"
    Released: 1991
  5. "Good Beat"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (choice cut) link
Slant Magazine 5/5 stars link

World Clique is the debut album by the dance-music band Deee-Lite, which was released in 1990. The album's first single, "Groove Is in the Heart", was a top-five success on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart as well as a number-one hit on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart. Three subsequent singles also hit the top ten on the U.S. dance chart, including "Power of Love/Build That Bridge" and "Good Beat", which also hit number one.

Guest artists on the album include Bootsy Collins ("Try Me On... I'm Very You," "Smile On," "Groove Is in the Heart," and "Who Was That?"), Q-Tip ("Groove Is in the Heart"), Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker (Try Me On... I'm Very You," "Smile On," "Groove Is in the Heart").

When World Clique was released on Compact Disc, two bonus tracks were added to the album: "Deee-Lite Theme" and "Build the Bridge."

Sales and chart performance[edit]

The album's initial success occurred in the UK, where it peaked at #14 on the UK Albums Chart in September 1990.[1] Simultaneously, the album entered the Billboard 200 at #180 for the week of September 15 in the US.[2] Fueled by the success of "Groove Is in the Heart", World Clique continued to climb the chart for several weeks, peaking at #20 for the week of November 24.[3]

The success of subsequent singles "Power of Love," "Good Beat," and "E.S.P." helped the album to sustain steady sales throughout the following months, with the album achieving RIAA Gold certification in December 1990[4] and remaining on the Billboard 200 for a total of 41 weeks before falling off the chart in June 1991, following its final chart position at #199.[5] World Clique is Deee-Lite's most successful album, outlasting Infinity Within (1992) and Dewdrops in the Garden (1994) on the Billboard 200 chart and outperforming its successors in terms of highest peak position and mainstream exposure and sales.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

In 2003, Slant Magazine included World Clique in its list, Vital Pop: 50 Essential Pop Albums.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Deee-Lite, except where noted.
  1. "Deee-Lite Theme" (Deee-Lite, Herbie Hancock) 2:10
  2. "Good Beat" 4:40
  3. "Power of Love" 4:40
  4. "Try Me on... I'm Very You" 5:14
  5. "Smile On" 3:55
  6. "What is Love?" 3:38
  7. "World Clique" 3:20
  8. "E.S.P." 3:43
  9. "Groove Is in the Heart" 3:51
  10. "Who Was That?" 4:35
  11. "Deep-Ending" 3:47
  12. "Build the Bridge" 4:32



  • Lady Miss Kier: Vocals
  • Super DJ Dimitri: DJ/Scratching, Samples
  • DJ Towa Tei: DJ/Scratching, Samples, Keyboards

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Bill Coleman, Sahirah Moore and Sheila Slappy: Additional Vocals
  • Bootsy Collins: Bass, Vocals
  • Q-Tip (from A Tribe Called Quest): Rapping
  • Maceo Parker: Saxophone
  • Fred Wesley: Trombone
  • Vocals Arranged By Mike Rogers & Deee-Lite


  • Arranged & Produced By Deee-Lite
  • Executive Producer: Bill Coleman
  • Engineers: Bob Power, Mike Rogers
  • Assistant Engineers: Derek Lategan, Eddie Sancho
  • Mixing: Deee-Lite, Mike Rogers
  • Mastering: Herb Powers


Chart (1990) Peak
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[8] 15
US Billboard 200[9] 20
US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[9] 34
UK Top 40 14
Austrian Album Chart[10] 25