World Clique

World Clique is the debut album by American dance music band Deee-Lite, which was released in 1990. The album's first single, "Groove Is in the Heart", was a top-five success on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart as well as a No. 1 hit on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart. Three subsequent singles also hit the top ten on the U.S. dance chart, including "Power of Love/Build That Bridge" and "Good Beat", which also hit No. 1.

World Clique
Deee-Lite - World Clique album cover.png
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 7, 1990
RecordedJanuary–May 1990
Deee-Lite chronology
World Clique
Infinity Within
Singles from World Clique
  1. "Groove Is in the Heart"
    Released: August 1990
  2. "Power of Love"
    Released: 1990
  3. "E.S.P."
    Released: 1991

Guest artists on the album include Bootsy Collins, Q-Tip, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker. When World Clique was released on compact disc, two bonus tracks were added to the album: "Deee-Lite Theme" and "Build the Bridge".

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]
Chicago Sun-Times    [2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide [3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [7]
Slant Magazine     [9]

Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times called World Clique "seductive and smart",[10] while Billboard called it an "innovative, media-saturated debut".[11]

In 2003, Slant Magazine included World Clique in its list, Vital Pop: 50 Essential Pop Albums.[12] Charles Pitter for Zouch notes that album track and single "Groove Is in the Heart" is a "dance classic".[13]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album's initial success occurred in the UK, where it peaked at No. 14 on the UK Albums Chart in September 1990.[14] Simultaneously, the album entered the Billboard 200 at No. 180 for the week of September 15 in the US.[15] Fueled by the success of "Groove Is in the Heart", World Clique continued to climb the chart for several weeks, peaking at No. 20 for the week of November 24.[16]

The success of subsequent singles "Power of Love," "Good Beat," and "E.S.P." helped the album to sustain steady sales throughout the following months, with the album achieving RIAA Gold certification in December 1990[17] and remaining on the Billboard 200 for a total of 41 weeks before falling off the chart in June 1991, following its final chart position at No. 199.[18]World Clique is Deee-Lite's most successful album, outlasting Infinity Within (1992) and Dewdrops in the Garden (1994) on the Billboard 200 chart and outperforming its successors in terms of highest peak position and mainstream exposure and sales.[19]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Deee-Lite except "Deee-Lite Theme", which was written by Deee-Lite and Herbie Hancock, and "Groove Is in the Heart", which was written by Deee-Lite, Hancock and Jonathan Davis.

1."Deee-Lite Theme"2:10
2."Good Beat"4:40
3."Power of Love"4:40
4."Try Me on... I'm Very You"5:14
5."Smile On"3:55
6."What Is Love?"3:38
7."World Clique"3:20
9."Groove Is in the Heart"3:51
10."Who Was That?"4:35
12."Build the Bridge"4:32



  • Lady Miss Kier – vocals, lyrics
  • Super DJ Dimitri – turntables, samples
  • DJ Towa Tei – turntables, keyboards, programming

Additional personnelEdit


  • Arranged & produced by Deee-Lite
  • Executive producer: Bill Coleman
  • Engineers: Bob Power, Mike Rogers
  • Assistant engineers: Derek Lategan, Eddie Sancho
  • Mixing: Deee-Lite, Mike Rogers
  • Mastering: Herb Powers


Chart (1990) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 33
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[21] 15
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[22] 30
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 14
US Billboard 200[24] 20
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[24] 34

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[25] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[27] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ McLeese, Don (October 1, 1990). "Worldly Deee-Lite clicks in techno-dance debut". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on December 28, 2017. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (n.d.). "CG: Deee-Lite". Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  5. ^ Sandow, Greg (August 17, 1990). "World Clique". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  6. ^ Mead, Helen (September 1, 1990). "Deee Lite – World Clique". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  7. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Deee-Lite". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 222. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
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  9. ^ Gonzalez, Ed (May 1, 2004). "Deee-Lite: World Clique". Slant Magazine. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
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  13. ^ Pitter, Charles. "Zouch".
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  17. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2008-03-28.
  18. ^ "The Billboard 200 - Chart Listing for the Week Of Jun 22 1991". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 8, 2013. Retrieved 2008-03-28.
  19. ^ "Artist Chart History - Dee-Lite". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-03-28.
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  23. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
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  25. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Deee-Lite – World Clique". Music Canada.
  26. ^ "British album certifications – Deee-Lite – World Clique". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type World Clique in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  27. ^ "American album certifications – Deee-Lite – World Clique". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.