Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Divine - Unforgettable Hits (Dance Street 2002)

Harris Glenn Milstead (October 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988) was an American singer and actor best known by his drag persona Divine. He starred in many of John Waters' films, including Mondo Trasho, Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Polyester, and Hairspray, as part of Waters' regular troupe of actors known as Dreamlanders. The New York Times said of Milstead's films in the 1980s, "Those who could get past the unremitting weirdness of Divine's performance discovered that the actor/actress had genuine talent, including a natural sense of comic timing and an uncanny gift for slapstick.
In the 1980s, Divine released several dance music records which were club music hits in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Divine's records comprised synth-heavy Hi-NRG music, most of it composed, created, performed, and produced by Bobby Orlando. In the United States, Divine's highest-charting songs were "Native Love", peaking at #21 on the Club Play Singles chart, and "Shoot Your Shot", which reached #39 among Club Play Singles. Divine's early UK releases on the Design Communications label included "Love Reaction" (which "borrowed" elements of New Order's big hit "Blue Monday") "Shake It Up", and "Shoot Your Shot". All of these releases were big gay club hits and minor mainstream chart hits. The Stock, Aitken & Waterman-produced song "You Think You're A Man" was Divine's most successful UK hit, reaching #16; the song was also a Top 10 hit in Australia, reaching #8 (Due in part to a popular promotional tour in that country which included an appearance on the popular Australian music show Countdown.) Among the material Divine released on the Proto label in the United Kingdom was "I'm So Beautiful" (the follow-up single to "You Think You're A Man"), "Walk Like A Man" and "Twistin' the Night Away". *wikipedia

DIVINE - "Unforgettable Hits" - Original Versions - (1982/1983)

1. Shoot Your Shot
2. Jungle Jezebel
3. Native Love
4. Love Reaction
5. Shout It Out
6. T-Shirts & Tight Blue Jeans
7. Psychedelic Shack
8. Shake It Up
9. Kick Your Butt
10. Alphabet Rap

DIVINE - "Unforgettable Hits" - The Remixes - (1996)

1. Shoot Your Shot (Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin remix)
2. Jungle Jezebel (Hyper Go-Go remix)
3. Native Love (Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin remix)
4. Love Reaction (Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin remix)
5. Shout It Out (Check Point Charlie remix)
6. T-Shirts & Tight Blue Jeans (Check Point Charlie remix)
7. Psychedelic Shack (Hybrid remix)
8. Shake It Up (Aquarius remix)
9. Kick Your Butt (Hybrid remix)
10. Alphabet Rap (Hyper Go-Go remix)
11. Native Love (Mark Moore remix)

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