Thunderpuss

Thunderpuss is the (mainly dance) remix/production team of music producers Barry Harris and Carl Cox. Harris, an openly gay musician and DJ, had worked previously as part of several music groups, including Kon Kan, Top Kat, Killer Bunnies and Outta Control, and had also released several singles himself. Cox, an openly straight musician and DJ, had also worked for years as a DJ and producer, producing a megamix of Paula Abdul songs, among other things, and started his own record label, Interhit Records, with Jeff Johnson.

Harris & Cox originally met in the late '80s and remained friends for years, with Harris eventually joining Cox at Interhit. They didn't start working together as a production team until late 1997, though. Their first project as Thunderpuss was a cover of the song "I Just Wanna Be Your Everything", with Thea Austin, formerly of Snap! performing vocals. They also produced Engelbert Humperdinck's 1998 album The Dance Album, but did not use the name Thunderpuss.

Over the course of almost six years, Thunderpuss had a very successful career as remixers and producers. Their biggest remix success was a hit remix of "It's Not Right But It's Okay" by Whitney Houston. They also produced hit remixes of songs by Mary J. Blige ("No More Drama" & "Rainy Dayz", with Ja Rule), Céline Dion ("I Want You To Need Me"), Stacie Orrico ("Stuck"), and Kim English ("Higher Things"), among others. They also produced original songs for various artists, including Abigail ("Let The Joy Rise And If It Don't Fit"), Amber ("Taste The Tears"), and Soluna.

Thunderpuss also put out several singles themselves as artists, including "Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag", a fully electronic dance cover of the "Pigbag" song, "Stand Up" (with Latanza Waters), and "FMH" (under the artist name Harris & Cox). They split up in late 2003 and both men are pursuing DJ/remix/production work on their own. Harris mashed up songs by Billy Squier and Fischerspooner to create the song "Everybody Wants You To Emerge" for the Queer Eye For The Straight Guy soundtrack, and Cox recently remixed the Michelle Branch single "Breathe".

Cox also found solo success for himself with his own 2000 single, "Phuture 2000".


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Cox also found solo success for himself with his own 2000 single, "Phuture 2000". Hyacinth's Cemetery, Westbrook, Maine. Harris mashed up songs by Billy Squier and Fischerspooner to create the song "Everybody Wants You To Emerge" for the Queer Eye For The Straight Guy soundtrack, and Cox recently remixed the Michelle Branch single "Breathe". Rudy Vallee died on July 3, 1986 and was interred in St. They split up in late 2003 and both men are pursuing DJ/remix/production work on their own. He toured with a one-man theater show into the 1980s. Thunderpuss also put out several singles themselves as artists, including "Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag", a fully electronic dance cover of the "Pigbag" song, "Stand Up" (with Latanza Waters), and "FMH" (under the artist name Harris & Cox). He appeared in the 1960s Batman television show as the character "Lord Marmaduke Fogg".

They also produced original songs for various artists, including Abigail ("Let The Joy Rise And If It Don't Fit"), Amber ("Taste The Tears"), and Soluna. (In his later years he told a collector of his early records that "Everything I did before 1950 you can shit on.") He performed on Broadway in the show "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and appeared in the film of the same name. Blige ("No More Drama" & "Rainy Dayz", with Ja Rule), Céline Dion ("I Want You To Need Me"), Stacie Orrico ("Stuck"), and Kim English ("Higher Things"), among others. In middle age Vallee's voice matured into a robust baritone. They also produced hit remixes of songs by Mary J. One of his best acting roles is in the 1942 screwball comedy film "The Palm Beach Story". Their biggest remix success was a hit remix of "It's Not Right But It's Okay" by Whitney Houston. Vallee acted in a number of Hollywood films in the 1930s and 1940s.

Over the course of almost six years, Thunderpuss had a very successful career as remixers and producers. That same year Vallee also wrote the introduction for Armstrong's book "Swing That Music". They also produced Engelbert Humperdinck's 1998 album The Dance Album, but did not use the name Thunderpuss. When Vallee took his contractual vacations from his national radio show in 1936, he insisted his sponsor hire Louis Armstrong as his substitute (this was the first instance of an African-American fronting a national radio program). Their first project as Thunderpuss was a cover of the song "I Just Wanna Be Your Everything", with Thea Austin, formerly of Snap! performing vocals. Also in 1929 Vallee started hosting The Fleishchman’s Yeast Musical Variety Hour; he would continue hosting popular radio variety shows through the 1940s. They didn't start working together as a production team until late 1997, though. His first films were made to cash in on his singing popularity, but Hollywood was pleasantly surprised to find that Vallee could act as well.

Harris & Cox originally met in the late '80s and remained friends for years, with Harris eventually joining Cox at Interhit. In 1929 Vallee did his first film "Vagabond Lover". Cox, an openly straight musician and DJ, had also worked for years as a DJ and producer, producing a megamix of Paula Abdul songs, among other things, and started his own record label, Interhit Records, with Jeff Johnson. His live appearances were usually sold out, and even if his singing could hardly be heard in those venues not yet equipt with the new electronic microphones, his screaming female fans went home happy if they had caught sight of his lips through the opening of the trademark megaphone he sang through. Harris, an openly gay musician and DJ, had worked previously as part of several music groups, including Kon Kan, Top Kat, Killer Bunnies and Outta Control, and had also released several singles himself. Flappers mobbed him wherever he went. Thunderpuss is the (mainly dance) remix/production team of music producers Barry Harris and Carl Cox. Vallee became also perhaps the first complete example of the 20th century mass media pop-star.

Crooners had soft voices that were well suited to the intimacy of the new medium of radio. Vallee became the most prominent of a new style of popular singer, the "crooner". Previously popular singers needed strong projecting voices to fill theaters in the days before the electric microphone. Vallee was given a recording contract, and in 1928 started performing on the radio. However his singing, together with his suave manner and handsome good looks attracted great attention, especially from young women.

He had a rather thin tenor voice and seemed more at home singing sweet ballads than attempting vocals on jazz numbers. He then returned to the States to form his own band, Rudy Vallee and the Connecticut Yankees. With this band he started taking vocals (supposedly reluctantly at first). Vallee played clarinet and saxophone in various bands around New England in his youth, in the mid 1920s played with the Savoy Havana Band in London. In high school he took up the saxophone and acquired the nickname "Rudy" after then famous saxophonist Rudy Weidoeft.

Born Hubert Prior Vallée in Island Pond, Vermont, he grew up in Westbrook, Maine. Rudy Vallee (July 28, 1901 - July 3, 1986) was a popular United States singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer.

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