World Clique

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World Clique
Deee-Lite - World Clique album cover.png
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"/"Deee-Lite Theme"
    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

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

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]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[7]
Entertainment Weekly A−[8]
PopMatters positive[9]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[10]
Select 5/5 medals[11]
Slant Magazine 5/5 stars[12]
Spin positive[13]

In 2003, Slant Magazine included World Clique in its list, Vital Pop: 50 Essential Pop Albums.[14]

ROBERT HILBURN from Los Angeles Times called the album an "seductive and smart."[15]

Billboard called it a "innovative, media-saturated debut".[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Deee-Lite except "Deee-Lite Theme", which was written by Deee-Lite and Herbie Hancock, and "Groove Is in the Heart", which was written by Deee-Lite, Hancock and Jonathan Davis

No. Title Length
1. "Deee-Lite Theme"   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
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[17] 25
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[18] 15
US Billboard 200[19] 20
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[19] 34
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 14
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[21] 1

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[22] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ "The Billboard 200 - Chart Listing For The Week Of Sep 15 1990". Billboard. Archived from the original on January 8, 2015. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  3. ^ "The Billboard 200 - Chart Listing For The Week Of Nov 24 1990". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-03-28. [dead link]
  4. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database". RIAA. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  5. ^ "The Billboard 200 - Chart Listing for the Week Of Jun 22 1991". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 8, 2013. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
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  20. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  21. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  22. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Deee-Lite – World Clique". Music Canada. 
  23. ^ "British album certifications – Deee-Lite – World Clique". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter World Clique in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Deee-Lite – World Clique". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH