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Jonathan Fearing

Jonathan Fearing

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Sat, 22/09/2007 - 22:56
Picked up Kat Mandu's 'The Break' on Unidisc today and was loving the extended instrumental freak out with ridiculous backwards cut up passages. Looked into the record, and it seems that NYC DJ Jonathan Fearing did the edit on this, and also did the mixing on one of my favourite disco records, World Premiere's 'Share The Night'. Has anyone got any more info on the guy, and maybe a few ideas of things he's done that might also float my boat? Cheers! Laughing out loud
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Sat, 22/09/2007 - 23:08
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Sat, 22/09/2007 - 23:13
Nice one BS - will investigate further.
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Sun, 23/09/2007 - 00:56
i picked up a brilliant Thrust record the other mixed by him , with brillainat train fx on the end of the record
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Sun, 23/09/2007 - 01:01
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Sun, 23/09/2007 - 01:12
yup thats the one - while we 're on the subject a nice one by Betty Wright on Jamaica records too - Sinderella

http://www.discogs.com/release/159326

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Sun, 23/09/2007 - 01:24
TovinTobias;268232 wrote:
i picked up a brilliant Thrust record the other mixed by him , with brillainat train fx on the end of the record


This is the infamous train sample used by many a Chicago dj Smile
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Sun, 23/09/2007 - 09:57
jackamoto;268233 wrote:
http://www.discogs.com/release/81269

That one?


I've just realised i've had that record for years and have never listened to it.
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Sun, 23/09/2007 - 10:03
suenomartino;268235 wrote:
This is the infamous train sample used by many a Chicago dj Smile


Groovestyle 'Freedom Train' as an example
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Sun, 23/09/2007 - 10:54
His mix of DD Sounds 'Cafe' is very good
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Sun, 23/09/2007 - 12:15
The 10 minute dub of Jam On It.....is electro depth.
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Sun, 23/09/2007 - 13:41
jonny five;268253 wrote:
His mix of DD Sounds 'Cafe' is very good


Wow - havent heard of that. Has he cleared out all the chuff on this? I only play the second half of the OG.

EDIT - looked it up, it's on the US Emergency Recs version of the LP, which makes sense. What's the diference, J5?

BTW I have a spare Thrust if anyone wants to practice their Chi Town train fx's!
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Sun, 23/09/2007 - 13:48
Newcleus - Push The Button, well ACE!
Newcleus - Space is the Place, ACER!
Newcleus - Cyborg Dance, even ACER!
Newcleus - Automan, thee ACE of Spades!

All touched by the hands of J. Fearing.
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Sun, 23/09/2007 - 14:00
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Wow - havent heard of that. Has he cleared out all the chuff on this? I only play the second half of the OG.

EDIT - looked it up, it's on the US Emergency Recs version of the LP, which makes sense. What's the diference, J5?

BTW I have a spare Thrust if anyone wants to practice their Chi Town train fx's!


yeah, done exactly what you said, got rid of all the shit verses and just left the great beats and chorus line. top stuff.
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Sun, 23/09/2007 - 14:05
jonny five;268299 wrote:
yeah, done exactly what you said, got rid of all the shit verses and just left the great beats and chorus line. top stuff.


Thanks J5. That might well save me a fuck-about in the edit suite! Wink

EDIT - Ive chanced a VG copy from the 'DJH 2nd Hand Vinyl Emporium of Choice' winner 2004-7 - HTFR outta Brum - wish me luck everybody!
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Sun, 23/09/2007 - 18:17
Jonathan was very very very busy there when he was playing Fun House pre-Jellybean and remixing.

He also remixed "State of Love" by Imagination, fought with Bohannon over the mix of "Let's Start II Dance Again" and luckily convinced him to release the B-side version.

Did many many special edits for Frankie Crocker in the brilliant early-80s period of urban contemporary's birth.

Really loved and respected his young bridge-and-tunnel audience, and understood their ability to really appreciate a broad range of music. You never heard him put down his own club-goers and claim he was dumbing down his music for them. You know what I'm talking about. You know where I'm coming from. I'm gonna tell it to you anyway.

He loved to really work them out at the Fun House because that floor was so easy to dance on; it was wood parquet with a layer beneath that gave a bit, so it wasn't as tiring to dance on as when stupid contractors and club owners put wood right on concrete. So at the end of the night, Jonathan's crowd loved to crank the tempo back up and hear something really fast in the wind-down classics set, "Shame" or "Lovin' is Really My Game."
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Sun, 23/09/2007 - 18:32
Oh, and I should really just say it was impossible not to love Jonathan Fearing. He moved through the petty political world of records and radio with an unusual grace; he was cool with everybody who let him be cool with them, but he also knew an evil queen when he saw one. Never hesitated to bond with anyone over music. Never put anyone else down gratuitously because he didn't have the kind of self-centered insecurities that make you do that.

When he got sick, people still didn't know what was going on and it was still okay to deny that you had AIDS and withdraw from the world, and promise all your friends that you'd see them again when you got better and went back to the gym. I don't know who was with him when he finally passed. Found out when Stephanie Shepherd and I finally resolved to see him where he was and the hospital refused to respond to questions from anyone but family.
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Sun, 23/09/2007 - 19:08
Grew up on the newcleus electro material, was really nice to discover Share the night on a recent comp what an amazing uplifting tune .

Good to hear those funhouse stories i realise the funhouse was very influential in the early 80's electro boogie sounds there not much on those playlists i don't like by either Fearing or Jellybean what other dj's were known to play there?

I'm sure theres a great thread on discohistory.com full of interesting stories track lists by the crowd who frequented the funhouse.
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