Toon’s Fave Tune: Strong Guy’s Groove is in his heart

29 May

Deee-Lite DJ BandToday’s favorite song post is for Marvel’s Strong Guy. Big he may be but he’s light on the toes when the club music is pumping. Nn-ss-nn-ss-nn-ss-nn-ss. Chaka-chang!

Who the dude beGuido Carosella is a mutant that has the ability to absorb and redirect kinetic energy. His huge size is due to a childhood accident when he was struck by a bus and absorbed the force. Apparently, he was unable to get rid of the energy so it muscle-ified him. Not surprisingly his size and abilities made him useful as a physical presence. Throughout his early life he was a bodyguard and bouncer, and because of his affiliation with other mutants, he was eventually asked to join a new version of the X-Factor team. He pals around particularly with Jamie Madrox (Multiple Man) and Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane).

Marvel Comic Character

Um. Bit over the top, wouldn’t you say? We would. We did.

Marvel Comic Character

Better. That’ll work.

Strong Guy

Guido Carosella’s first appearance (before he called himself Strong Guy)

Honestly, we don’t know much else about him other than for a time just before he joined X-Factor and while he was a sometime bodyguard for Lila Cheney (pop star and mutant teleporter), he spent his down time in the club/dance scene in New York City. Bands like Technotronic, Soho, and Stereo MCs got his monstrous body moving. But he took a particular shine to a goofy band called Deee-lite.

In 1990, Deee-Lite released their epic club album World Clique. It had several good tracks and many of them went on to be hits in their own right, but the song “Groove is in the Heart” was stratospheric. Colorful, campy, catchy, sexy — the song permeated every dance club from New York to Moscow where daytimes began at night. Guido was always ready for the floor when “Groove” came on, but over the years it became particularly special to Strong Guy both for the loves he lost and for the damage to his heart from fighting and a heart attack (let alone a death … from which he recovered … because he’s a comic book character … and they don’t tend to die for long). During these difficult times, the song was a humorous reminder that life can be fun in the midst of heartache.

Incidentally, even though Guido tended to maintain a silly tuft of hair for most of his early career, during the late 1980s and early 1990s he grew it out into an afro, joining the look of legions of retro-chic clubbers. Strong Guy was hip to the funkalicious scene and it was only after an attack on Lila that he left New York for Muir Island, joining the newly formed X-Factor team, and returned to his ridiculous coif.

Strong Guy from New Mutants and X-Factor with a psychedelic background

 

Deee-Lite was a kitchy sort of silliness comprised of DJ/singer Lady Miss Kier who fronted the band,  Japanese psychedelic DJ Towa Tei, and Ukranian Super DJ Dmitry. Towa left the band after the first two albums and was replaced by DJ Ani, a lad from Kansas City. Lady Miss Keir was from the miserable east-Ohioan city of Youngstown, so apparently even the Midwest can produce interesting cultural something-or-others. Of course, both Kier and Ani ended up leaving middle America for the happy-happy-joy-joy land of fun in the best city on the planet (according to those that subscribe to the idea that New York City is in fact the best city on the planet).

1990s Club Music

Lady Miss Kier, DJ Dmitry, Towa Tei

Anyway, Deee-Lite disbanded fairly quickly and by the mid-1990s, the artists were doing their own thing. Lady Miss Keir became a bit of a gay movement icon. Hell, she was a drag queen’s dream. Her outfits and make-up were outrageous. Given the recent announcement over at DC, we have to wonder if Alan Scott is going to come out as a campy sort of gay superhero or a buttoned-up one. He certainly has the threads for a spot at a Keir concert.

Lady Miss Keir (née Kierin Magenta Kirby) has plenty of pictures and her latest music + a bunch of videos from early and current performances at her website: LadyKier.com.

And here’s the fantastisch video of “Groove is in the Heart.” The quality of the video sucks but you get the idea.

Lyrics to “Groove is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite

We’re going to dance,
We’re going to dance,
We’re going to dance
And have some fun

The chills that you
Spill up my back
Keep me filled with
Satisfaction when we’re done
Satisfaction of what’s to come
(I) I couldn’t ask for another
(I-I-I-I-I I)
No I couldn’t ask for another
Your groove I do deeply dig
No walls only the bridge
My supperdish, my succotash wish
(Sing it baby)
(I) I couldn’t ask for another
(Uh-huh uh-huh)
(I-I-I-I-I I)
No I couldn’t ask for another

Groove is in the heart
Ah-ah-ah-ah
Groove is in the heart
Ah-ah-ah-ah
Groove is in the heart
Groove is in the heart
Ah-ah-ah

The depth the hula groove
Move us to the nth hoop
We goin’ through to Horten
Hears a who-ooh
(I) I couldn’t ask for another
(I-I-I-I-I I)
No couldn’t ask for another
DJ Soul (soul) was on a roll
I’ve been told he can’t be sold
He’s not vicious or malicious
Just de-lovely and delicious
(I) I couldn’t ask for another

(Sing it)

Groove is in the heart
Ah-ah-ah-ah
(Ne-na-na-na-na)
Groove is in the heart
(Ne-na-na-na-na)
Groove is in the heart
(Ne-na-na-na-na)
Groove is in the heart-ah-ah-ah

Groove is in the heart
Ah-ah-ah-ah (yeah)
Groove is in the heart
Ah-ah-ah
Groove is in the heart
Groove is in the heart
Ah-ah-ah

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/onehitwonders/grooveisintheheartlyrics.html

Lila Cheney and her man-slave Sam Guthrie AKA Cannonball. Even in comic books themselves, geeks get the hot chicks (usually by selling their souls, however).

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