Sample of the Week #9 – Cathy Dennis

Check out this 1990's dance-pop hit!

I got a different song to present this week. Enough mellow stuff. Here for your ears, I present Touch Me (All Night Long) by Cathy Dennis.

This track was recorded and produced in 1990.  The version of this track that I picked is actually a cover. The original was released by Fonda Rae in 1984 as a freestyle track. The Cathy Dennis version has more of a house beat behind it. This really dates the track but house music rules so it gets a pass. I’ll include the original Fonda Rae version below so that you can compare the two. One more interesting tidbit is that the Fonda Rae version was featured in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2.

On to the Cathy Dennis version, this one differentiates itself from the OG by taking a house spin on the song.  By 1990 house music was in full bloom having been born in the early 1980s. The genre would evolve and branch off into different subsets as the decade mowed along but in 1990 we got his gem.

Cathy Dennis circa 1990s.

I would have to take a guess that most people won’t know who Cathy Dennis is, but you have heard her words. Along with singing her own hits here and there she is also a songwriter. Dennis wrote and produced Can’t Get You Out of My Head made famous by Kylie Minogue in 2001. She went on to co-write Toxic By Britney Spears (2003) and I Kissed A Girl by Katy Perry (2008). She also wrote 4 hits for English pop group S-Club 7 in the early 2000s.

Single Cover for Touch Me.

I chose this one because I can hear this being chopped and slowed. Maybe flipped into some mallsoft or vaporwave. Not to mention how prolific Cathy Dennis was in the dance-pop music scene. Until next time!



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