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Innercity - Big Fun FLAC

Innercity - Big Fun FLAC Performer: Innercity
Title: Big Fun
Style: House, Techno
Label: KMS
# Cat: KMS 015
Released: 1988
Country: US
FLAC album: 2805 mb
MP3 album: 2465 mb
Rating: 4.0
Genre: Electronic


1Big Fun (Club Mix)
Mixed By – Duane Bradley
2Big Fun (Mayday Re-Edit)
Mixed By – Magic JuanRemix [Re-edited By] – Mayday
3Big Fun (Magic Juan Mix)
Mixed By – Magic Juan
4Big Fun (Master Reese Re-Edit)
Mixed By – Magic JuanRemix [Re-edited By] – Master Reese


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
KMS 015Innercity Big Fun ‎(12")KMSKMS 015US1988
FUN ONEInner City Big Fun ‎(12", Single, Promo)[PIAS] RecordingsFUN ONEEurope2003
661 749Inner City Big Fun ‎(CD, Maxi)10 Records, Virgin661 749Europe1988
KMSRR280Inner City Big Fun 2017 (Piqué & Darksiight Remix) ‎(File, AAC, 256)KMS RecordsKMSRR280US2017
KMS 081Inner City Big Fun (Remixes) ‎(12", TP)KMSKMS 081US2002


  • ProducerKevin Saunderson
  • VocalsParis Grey
  • Written-ByForest, Pennington, Saunderson


The labels actually do not match the record, mixing up sides A and B. Correct trackorder is given below.

Re-released in 2004 with different trackorder and matching labels.


  • Rights Society: BMI


  • Published By – Drive On Music
  • Recorded At – Metroplex Studios


Comments: (3)
I'll have to search my basement for this, but IIRC, the listing was different from the pressing. Also, I played this in 1987, before it became a hit, so the issue year here is wrong, unless I had a promo and didn't know it, as 1987 was my second year DJing for pay.
Responsible for the Detroit Techno sounds emergency all over the World alongside Derrick May's "Strings Of Life", "Big Fun" by Inner City represented an undeniable groundbreaking of the large range top-quality dance music. In 1987, Kevin Saunderson was still in college, and used his free time to produce at his small studio, when he suddenly realized that he would be in need of a vocalist for one of his tracks. Through his friend Terry Baldwin, a Chicago house producer, we could meet Shanna Jackson, known as Paris Grey, and he realized that her vocals would match perfectly on the tune. The alliance between a Chicago house music vocalist and one of the most talented Detroit techno producers turned to be the Detroit music entrance door for an imaginable amount of people.
Through their music, the Inner City could assemble in a unique sound the Soul influences, the futurism of Detroit Techno (very much alive on the way they used all those synthesizer timbres) and the House dancing grooves.
Astonishing as it may be, Kevin Saunderson told his friend Mark Archer that the main synthesizer timbres on "Big Fun" were sampled from "Let's Get Brutal" (1986) by the New York project Nitro Deluxe. That doesn't take anything from "Big Fun"'s masterpiece, on the contrary; the secret lies on the way Kevin Saunderson, with the collaboration of the producers James Pennington A.K.A. Suburban Knight and Arthur Forrest on "Big Fun", used those timbres.
"Big Fun" as Inner City was recorded in 1987, but it was the addition of Paris Grey's vocals to the ground breaking synths and beats that would bring an unparalleled ensemble. "Big Fun"'s lyrics and vocals brought the Soul to a Future Funk Electronic base, a Techno base - and through expressions such as "We don’t really need a crowd to have a party" the masses seduction were accomplished; the funk influence was there, through the groove, the beats and the quote "Just a funky beat and you to get it started" (baptized since then as an essential element to make a real good party).
Any try to label Inner City's music is ill advised, despite being primarly considered Techno, since nobody in Chicago or anywhere else had the same employment of the synthesizers or percussion timbres.

English music expert Neil Rushton is the one that deserves the credit for "Big Fun"'s Worldwide acclaim, for after its master tape was recorded, it remained forgotten during a few months until Neil had the chance to listen to it and finally include it on Virgin Records through Detroit Techno's primar & quintessential compilation "Techno - The New Dance Sound Of Detroit" (1988). Only after that, the singles were released and "Big Fun" became what we call a Worldwide smash.
The original versions from Kevin Saunderson's KMS label are different and uncomparable to the terrible quality 2004 repress. Be warned.
Beware of the repress! None of the four versions is the same as on the original release of 1988 - Although it has (nearly) the same artwork, the same catalogue-number.
The vocals are terrible on the reissue, and the beats/loops are out of clock!

I don't know who committed this, but it's so far from the original that it definitely has nothing to do with the '88 original kms 015.

You can see the difference - The original release has a lighter yellow - And the fake release a kind of handwritten-style typo ’Kevin Maurice Saunderson’ as seen on the picture above.

The original release exists in two different pressings: One with the distribution comment on the lower surface of the label, one without.