Friday, 10 April 2015

REWIND: Strike - 'U Sure Do'

Another week has come to an end, and another weekend arrives, along with the traditional RW/FF Friday Banger. Like most of the recent Friday Bangers, this one is from 1995 and entered (or should I say re-entered) the UK singles chart just over 20 years ago in 1995. What a glorious and brilliantly diverse year for music. Dance music in particular was on a real high, as proved by this superb disco-house floorfiller from Strike. This is one of my favourite dance tunes from the 90s, and brings back great memories. On its original 1994 release, the song reached number 31 in the UK charts, but after receiving regular play in clubs throughout 1994/1995, it was re-released and landed at number 4. 

Strike formed in 1994 and consisted of Matt Cantor, Andy Gardner and the vocalist Victoria Newton. They scored three more UK Top 40 hits, and released an album 'I Saw the Future' in 1997. Regarded as a 90s dance classic, the insanely infectious 'U Sure Do' samples Donna Allen's "Serious" for the vocal on the chorus, and Cubic 22's "Night in Motion" for the main synth, but in terms of the verses and the structure, this is a fine example of how quality songwriting in the dance music world was often overlooked.