Hype Lighter

April 4, 2012

Pocketful Of Dreams

I’m super excited because I’ll be DJing at The Beaver¬†tonight along with my best pal (and techno aficionado) Karl Skene. We originally named our party¬†Big Fun in reference to the classic dance hit by Inner City, but have since discovered a little known UK boy-band from the early 90s of the same name. Big Fun (the band) was comprised of Phil Creswick, Mark Gillespie and Jason John, three closeted gays who feared that coming out would ruin their careers. Their only full-length album, Pocketful Of Dreams, was a both a commercial and critical flop and sadly the group disappeared from the scene as quickly as they arrived.

Interestingly, it was the band’s original intention to release a cover of Carole King’s “I Feel The Earth Move” (featured above) as a lead single, but the track was bumped by their label at the last minute in favour of another cut called “Blame It On The Boogie”. Adding insult to injury, an alternate rendition of “I Feel The Earth Move” (below) was recorded by American pop-star Martika just months later and became an instant top ten hit.

We’ll be celebrating the work of both artists (and many more) tonight from 10 pm until late at The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. in West Toronto. No cover, no excuses!

Just for (big) fun, here’s the Carole King original…

3 Responses to “Pocketful Of Dreams”

  1. Jennifer

    Awesome awesome awesome post. I had the Big Fun 12″ back when it was brand-y new and remember the mainstream homophobic idiocy of those days. Hope your party rocked as much as you do.

  2. John O

    You have the 12″ record? WTF! Where is it now? And yes – the party was out of control…many more to come!

  3. Jennifer

    HAD the 12″. I didn’t realize I would still need it (and all the others) when I grew up so away it went. I like to think that it was raised in a loving home, went to the best schools and is now raising alpacas in a tony suburb.

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