G IS FOR GAT DECOR

A classic (progressive) house anthem from the mix 90s, though not particularly in my book.

The anthem “Passion” was previously covered in D Selection in early May – different mixes for this post. From which we discovered that Gat Decor is an anagram – almost – of Tag Records (Tag being a famous techno shop in central London – closed in the late 1990s for non-payment of VAT).

Wiki: Gat Decor (or Gat Décor) is a house music act best known for its 1992 song “Passion”, which is considered to be one of the best-known works of the early progressive house genre. The main contributor of the act is the British DJ and producer, Simon Slater. The name ‘Gat Decor’ was derived from an anagram of ‘Tag Records’, a record store based in Soho, London.
Although Gat Decor does not have an extensive catalog (two proper singles and a handful of remixes), the act and “Passion” are widely considered influential to dance music in the early 1990s; and Slater still operates a Gat Decor
website and continues to license “Passion”.

“Passion” is Gat Decor’s best-known work. Originally released in 1992 on Effective Records, the 12-inch single contained the original, instrumental version (‘The Naked Mix’) along with Darren Emerson’s remix on the B-side (this was Emerson’s first remix). The 1992 release was an immediate success in underground dance clubs, and eventually became a hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 29. “Passion” is notably one of the first songs to be referred to as “progressive house”, utilizing a heavy bassline and a distinctive “piano-house” progression in its second half.

Since its original release, “Passion” has been officially and unofficially re-issued several times. A 1996 version subtitled the “Do You Want It Right Now Mix”, featuring a vocal recorded by Beverley Skeete peaked at number six in the UK. The remix was a 4 minute version of the 1992 seven minute instrumental with a re-recording of the vocal of “Do You Want It Right Now?” by Degrees of Motion.

It is from the 1996 release from which the following are taken, plus a recent remix for good luck:

Gat Decor – Passion (Junior Vasquez X Beat Mix)

Gat Decor – Passion (Grant Nelson Vocal Pressure Mix)

Gat Decor – Passion (Celebrity Murder Party Remix)

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~ by acidted on June 25, 2009.

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