Whodini (album)

Whodini is the self-titled debut album by the hip hop group Whodini. It was released in 1983 via Jive Records and spawned two hit singles: 1982 single "Magic's Wand" and 1983 single "The Haunted House of Rock". Audio production was handled by Conny Plank, Heatwave's Roy Carter, Thomas Dolby, and the Willesden Dodgers (Nigel Green, Pete Q. Harris, Richard Joh Smith).

Whodini
Whodini album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 13, 1983[1]
Recorded1982-1983[citation needed]
Studio
GenreHip-hop
Length44:39
LabelJive
Producer
Whodini chronology
Whodini
(1983)
Escape
(1984)
Singles from Whodini
  1. "Magic's Wand"
    Released: 1982
  2. "The Haunted House of Rock"
    Released: 1983

ReleaseEdit

The album itself did not reach any major music chart. However, Thomas Dolby-produced single "Magic's Wand" peaked at number 11 on the Dance Club Songs[2] and number 45 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[3] and Willesden Dodges-produced track "The Haunted House of Rock" peaked at number 27 on the Dance Club Songs[4] and number 55 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.[5]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Philadelphia Inquirer     [6]

From a contemporary review, Ken Tucker of The Philadelphia Inquirer gave the album four stars out of five, stating that "Unlike so many dance-club hit makers, Whodini can sustain its cleverness over the length of an entire album."[6]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."The Haunted House of Rock"
  • J. Hutchins
  • N. Green
  • P. Harris
Willesden Dodgers6:31
2."Nasty Lady"
Conny Plank5:52
3."Underground"
  • J. Fletcher
  • J. Hutchins
  • P. Harris
  • Roy Carter
  • Willesden Dodgers
5:42
4."It's All in Mr. Magic's Wand"Thomas Dolby4:43
5."Magic's Wand"
Thomas Dolby5:38
6."Yours for a Night"
  • J. Fletcher
  • J. Hutchins
  • T. Pearse
  • Roy Carter
  • Willesden Dodgers
5:57
7."Rap Machine"
  • C. Plank
  • J. Fletcher
  • J. Hutchins
Conny Plank4:49
8."The Haunted House of Rock" (Remix)
  • J. Hutchins
  • N. Green
  • P. Harris
Willesden Dodgers5:23
Total length:44:39

PersonnelEdit

  • Jalil Hutchins - performer
  • John "Ecstacy" Fletcher - performer
  • Thomas Jerome Pearse - additional vocals (track 6)
  • Nigel Green - producer (tracks: 1, 3, 6, 8), mixing (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 8)
  • Peter Brian Harris - producer (tracks: 1, 3, 6, 8)
  • Richard Jon Smith - producer (tracks: 1, 3, 6, 8)
  • Konrad "Conny" Plank - producer & mixing (tracks: 2, 7)
  • Roy Peter Carter - producer (tracks: 3, 6)
  • Thomas Dolby - producer (tracks: 4, 5)
  • Bryan Chuck New - engineer (tracks: 3, 6)
  • Sönke Bahns - mastering
  • John Pinderhughes - photography
  • Matt Wallis - Tape Operator

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ CMJ New Music Report, September 26, 1983, pg. 10.
  2. ^ "Whodini Magic's Wand Chart History". Dance Club Songs. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  3. ^ "Whodini Magic's Wand Chart History". Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  4. ^ "Whodini The Haunted House Of Rock Chart History". Dance Club Songs. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  5. ^ "Whodini The Haunted House Of Rock Chart History". Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
  6. ^ a b Tucker, Ken (November 25, 1983). "New Albums". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. 22. Retrieved May 26, 2020.

External linksEdit

"Whodini - Whodini". at Discogs.