VINYL DIG: Debbie Gibson "Shake Your Love" (Bad Dubb Version) ATLANTIC

Secret B-side rave weapon

April 28, 2016
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Every week, I dig through my record collection. Sometimes it's to discover long forgotten gems or B-sides. Other times it's to clean house and lighten the load. Here's what surfaced from the stack this week:

When this vinyl dig blog was only but a brain child and yet to come to fruition, we had this running joke that I would dig out an old Debbie Gibson record. But this B-side dub is no joke. 

Why do I have this record?

Remember that story about the guy's garage that looked like a record store I got to visit when I was in Bellingham? If not, you can read it here. It was a glorious day and I left with about 200 7"s and maybe a 100 12” singles. One of which was this Debbie 7". I had never heard the b-side and was quite pleased since I'm all about old school breakbeats. 

How was this record originally received?

The single was a massive hit in the 80s, but we all know that. The club version has elements of the dubb. Who knows who was playing it back then, but I always get a positive reaction. 

It brings curious DJ’s to the booth with hopes of sneaking a peak at what you’re playing. It's a timeless groove that works in any set from any era and it brings the Bboys and girls out of the woodwork. And if you mix out before the vocal hook comes in at the end, nobody will ever know it’s Debbie.

Has it stood the test of time? 

A really dirty break hits at 3:24, more of a bridge of sorts. I’ve sampled that, looped it and used it in several remixes and mashups. Also, this was released at the tail end of the 80s and sounds more the shape of things to come for the 90s, which is coming back. So I would say yes, it's stood the test of time. 

-Zach