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". The album was followed by a tour of the U.K. and then Europe. 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". The band changed direction once again in 2003 and released Universal Hall a mostly acoustic album with a return of some celtic influences from the Fisherman's Blues era. They split up in late 2003 and both men are pursuing DJ/remix/production work on their own. By 2001 the core of the new Waterboys included Mike Scott on vocals and guitar, Richard Naiff on pianos and organs and Steve Wickham on violin who returned to the band. 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). A number of old Waterboys guested on the album including Anthony Thistlethwaite and Kevin Wilkinson.

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. To the surprise of many Mike Scott resurrected the Waterboys name for the album A Rock In The Weary Land with a new experimental rock sound Scott called "Sonic Rock". 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 his frustration at not being able to get a new touring Waterboys band together, Scott left New York, abandoning the Waterboys name and embarking on a solo career. They also produced hit remixes of songs by Mary J. In December Anthony Thistlethwaite left the band leaving Mike Scott as The Waterboys' only member. The next album was completed with session musicians and was released in 1993 as Dream Harder with a new hard rock-influenced sound. Their biggest remix success was a hit remix of "It's Not Right But It's Okay" by Whitney Houston. Scott spent the rest of the year writing new material and moved to New York.

Over the course of almost six years, Thunderpuss had a very successful career as remixers and producers. 1991 began with Trevor Hutchinson leaving the band and a re-release of the single The Whole of the Moon from This Is The Sea becoming a success in the UK charts. They also produced Engelbert Humperdinck's 1998 album The Dance Album, but did not use the name Thunderpuss. Scott, Thistlethwaite and Hutchinson recruited Ken Bevins on drums to fulfil the tour dates. 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. Just before the album was released Steve Wickham left the band in an argument over a new drummer and the band started to fall apart. They didn't start working together as a production team until late 1997, though. The Waterboys' fourth album, Room to Roam was released in September 1990.

Harris & Cox originally met in the late '80s and remained friends for years, with Harris eventually joining Cox at Interhit. The Waterboys at this point consisted of Mike Scott, Steve Wickham, Anthony Thistlethwaite, Colin Blakey on whistle, flute and piano, Sharon Shannon on accordion, Trevor Hutchinson on bass and Noel Bridgeman on drums. 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. After further touring the band returned to Spiddal to record a new album. 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. Due to the number of tracks recorded in the three years between This Is The Sea and Fisherman's Blues Scott released a second album of tracks from this period in 2001 titled Too Close To Heaven or Fisherman's Blues Part 2 in North America. Thunderpuss is the (mainly dance) remix/production team of music producers Barry Harris and Carl Cox. Critics and fans were spilt, with some embracing the new folk influenced sound and others disappointed and had hoped for a continuation of This Is The Sea.

Fisherman's Blues was released in October 1988 and showcased a host of guest musicians that had played with the band in Dublin and Spiddal. In 1988 Scott took the band to Spiddal in the west of Ireland where they set up a recording studio in Spiddal House to finish recording their new album. Some of these performances were released in 1998 on The Live Adventures Of The Waterboys including a famous Glastonbury performance in '86. The new band spent 1986 and 1987 recording in Dublin and touring the U.K., Ireland, Europe and Israel.

The band's lineup changed once again with Scott, Wickham and Thistlethwaite now joined by Trevor Hutchinson on bass and Peter McKinney on drums. At the request of new member Steve Wickham, Mike Scott moved to Dublin and becomes influenced by the traditional Irish music there as well as country and gospel. At the end of the tour Karl Wallinger left to form his own band World Party. and North America with Macro Sin replacing Martyn Swain on bass.

The album release was followed by successful tours of the U.K. charts hampered by Scott's refusal to perform on Top of the Pops and mime. The Waterboys released their third album This Is The Sea in October 1985, their most successful up to this point it managed to get into the top 40 and the single The Whole of the Moon reached number 28 in the U.K. Late in the sessions Steve Wickham joined and added his violin to the track The Pan Within after Scott had heard him on a Sinéad O'Connor demo recorded at Karl Wallinger's house.

The band began to record new material in spring 1985 for a new album. The release of the album was followed by further touring including support slots for The Pretenders and U2 and a show at the Glastonbury festival. A Pagan Place was released in June 1984 preceded by the single The Big Music whose title was used by some commentators as a description of The Waterboys sound. The band also made some new recording and over dubbed old material in late '83 and spring '84 to be released as The Waterboys second album.

The band at this point consisted of Mike Scott on vocals and guitar, Anthony Thistlethwaite on saxophone and mandolin, Karl Wallinger on keyboards, Roddy Lorimer on trumpets, Martyn Swain on bass and Kevin Wilkinson on drums. After the release of their debut The Waterboys began touring, their first show being at The Batschkapp Club in Frankfurt in February 1984. Their music, influenced by Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and David Bowie, was (inevitably) compared by critics to U2 in its cinematic sweep. The Waterboys then released their self-titled debut, The Waterboys, in July 1983.

The Waterboys performed as a five piece, including Anthony Thistlethwaite on sax and a new member, keyboard player Karl Wallinger. This was shortly followed by The Waterboys' first performance on the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test. In March 1983, Ensign released the first recording under the name The Waterboys, a single titled A Girl Called Johnny. The name was taken from the Lou Reed song The Kids, from his album Berlin.

In 1983, Scott's label Ensign Records wanted Scott to release an album of these recordings as a solo artist, but Scott decided to start a band he named The Waterboys. These would become divided between the Waterboys' first and second albums. During 1982, Scott made a number of recordings, both solo and with Thistlethwaite and Wilkinson. During the same period, Scott formed the short lived band The Red and The Black, with saxophone player Anthony Thistlethwaite, after hearing him play on a Nikki Sudden record. Thistlethwaite introduced Scott to drummer Kevin Wilkinson, who would drum for the nine shows The Red and The Black would perform.

These would form the basis of the first Waterboys album. Mike Scott, founder and the only permanent member of The Waterboys, made a number of solo recordings while in the band named Another Pretty Face (who changed their name to Funhouse on later releases) in late 1981 and early 1982. folk rock. They are known to play in a number of different styles, but most often their music can be described as a mix of Irish folk music with rock and roll, i.e.

The Waterboys is a band formed 1983 by Mike Scott. The Live Adventures Of The Waterboys (1998). The Secret Life Of The Waterboys 81-85 (1994). The Best Of The Waterboys 81-90 (1991).

Universal Hall (2003). Too Close To Heaven (2001). A Rock In The Weary Land (2000). Dream Harder (1993).

Room To Roam (1990). Fisherman's Blues (1988). This Is The Sea (1985). A Pagan Place (1984).

The Waterboys (1983).

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