Peak UK Chart Position: #11 in March 2006
This track brings back memories of what was, for me, a truly great period for dance music, and a thoroughly enjoyable phase at the club I was a DJ at – Zanzibar in Leicester. I would probably go as far as to say the best phase of my entire career.
Bigger than the chart position suggests, certainly in clubland, this track still gives me the hairs-on-the-back-of-the-neck moment – best provided by listening to the extended version and waiting for it to kick in. Playing in a room that had somewhere in the region of 1,500 people (or more) in it, and seeing their reaction, is such a phenomenal feeling.
Joey Negro (real name Dave Lee) has been releasing, remixing and producing music for over twenty-five years – and probably has as many pseudonyms: Jakatta, Doug Willis, Raven Maize and Z Factor perhaps being some of the best-known alternatves.
In 1993, Lee was approached by boy band Take That’s label with a view to working together. Although the Dan Hartman song “Relight My Fire” had never been a hit in the UK, it had become a popular club track on the House music scene, so at Lee’s suggestion they covered it, with Lulu taking the cameo role that Loleatta Holloway had performed on the original. It became only their second number one in the UK.
This track, “Make A Move On Me”, features the powerful vocals of Taka Boom, with whom he had previously had a number 8 hit with entitled “Must Be The Music”.
Incidentally, I didn’t choose this song for the video…!
By way of contrast to the video, here’s me and a very special friend on stage in Zanzibar Leicester in 2006.