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), CÚline 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". In 2004 Ali Farka Toure became mayor of Niafunke. 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". Toure is noted as the mentor to popular Malian musician Afel Bocoum. They split up in late 2003 and both men are pursuing DJ/remix/production work on their own. He reappeared in 1999 with Niafunke, a more traditional album focusing on African rhythms and beats. 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). Toure usually sings in one of several African languages, as on his breakthrough album, Ali Farka Toure, which established his reputation in the world music community. 1994's Talking Timbuktu, a collaboration with Ry Cooder, sold promisingly well in western markets, but was followed by a hiatus from releases in America and Europe.

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. As the first African bluesman to achieve widespread popularity on his home continent, Toure is often known as "the African John Lee Hooker". Blige ("No More Drama" & "Rainy Dayz", with Ja Rule), CÚline Dion ("I Want You To Need Me"), Stacie Orrico ("Stuck"), and Kim English ("Higher Things"), among others. Ali Farka Toure (born 1939 in Niafunke, Mali) is an African blues singer and guitarist, known throughout the continent as one its most famous performers. They also produced hit remixes of songs by Mary J. Their biggest remix success was a hit remix of "It's Not Right But It's Okay" by Whitney Houston.

Over the course of almost six years, Thunderpuss had a very successful career as remixers and producers. They also produced Engelbert Humperdinck's 1998 album The Dance Album, but did not use the name Thunderpuss. 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 didn't start working together as a production team until late 1997, though.

Harris & Cox originally met in the late '80s and remained friends for years, with Harris eventually joining Cox at Interhit. 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, 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. Thunderpuss is the (mainly dance) remix/production team of music producers Barry Harris and Carl Cox.

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