Retro Spins: Newcleus - Space Is The Place

Jam On Revenge, the first album from Newcleus, was an album I really enjoyed. Mainly because it was so different from what I was accustomed to listening to. However, even with that said, I didn't nab more than one song from the record.

Still, hearing it got me pretty excited to hear their follow up album, Space Is The Place. I had picked up the two albums at the same time, but because I was listening to other stuff, I didn't get around to it right away.

With this year's theme being all about before and after albums, I thought it was an appropriate time to swing back around to them.

Space Is The Place is on par with Jam On Revenge. It's enjoyable, but at the same time, it also doesn't produce singles. It's one of those albums which are best enjoyed from start to finish because each song fits into its intended place. Unlike JoR, the tracks are not intertwined with sound effects, which does make it easier to know when a new track is starting.

I did end up grabbing one song off of the album for my shuffle. Track five, Cyborg Dance. Again, it's not that the other songs were bad. This one just stood out the most for me.

Track six, I Wanna Be A B-Boy, did get me a little nostalgic excited around the four minute thirty second mark because I heard the distinctive scratching of Herbie Hancock's Rock It. Coincidence? I'm not sure. But I enjoyed it immensely.

Overall, it was a good album, but it's not one I'm going to be listening to often. Mainly because I have so much music I'm trying to get through, and I really don't have time to re-listen to full albums - With the exception of the best of the best which have been ingrained in my head since the 80's. Still, I can see myself getting back around to this one, and Jam On Revenge, some day.

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  1. Jam On It - still the greatest rap song...ever.

    (Shut up)
    Three words to the whack, step yourself back
    Just gettin' down, and you then you're givin' no slack
    Like a Burger King with a sack of Big Macs
    We're throwin' down with the radical sacks
    On time, in your mind you see
    You gotta boogie to your best ability
    You gotta funk it up until it knocks you down
    And when you're funkin' up, be sure to pass it around
    Come on, let's go to work
    We got what'll make your body jerk
    Make you throw your hands up in the air
    Shake your booty and scream, oh, yeah
    'Cause we are the Jam On Crew
    And jammin' on it is how we do the do
    We'll funk you up until you boogie down
    So come people check out the sound
    Check out the sound, check out the sound, check out the sound, check out the sound
    Check out the sound, check out the sound, check out the sound, check out the sound

    1. Newcleus doesn't get the credit they deserve for creating the often parodied wiki-wiki sound effect.

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    1. I'm considering checking out their last album from 1990, Jam On This.