O T Quartet - Hold That Sucker Down (1994)

Just how much classic dance can you get???!
Rowland Constantine O'Malley Armstrong, a.k.a. Rollo, was born in London to an Irish publisher and English poet. In 1992 he made his first record with Chelmsford DJ Francis Wright, a.k.a. Felix. 'Don’t U Want Me' went on to sell two and a half million copies, allowing him to give up his day job as a gardener and make music.
In 1994 he teamed up with Colette to record one of the - in my opinion - most classic club tunes there is. Released under the synonym of O.T. Quartet 'Hold That Sucker Down'. I experienced it hitting the London gay clubs first in early 1994: One late spring saturday night at Heaven it practically whipped the nocturnal congregtion into a frenzy - including myself.
Crossing over from Underground to UK Mainstream, the tune was re-released several times: 1994, 1995 and in 2000. The track has also been covered numerous times (but never nearly reached the original!); amongst a few, by the legendary French DJ David Vendetta and Jerome Isma-Ae. But my favourite cover comes courtesy Caater, a Euro-Dance duo of Kalle Kukk and Markku Tiidumaa from Tallinn, Estonia.

...oh... - to come back to Rollo: in 1996 he teamed up with Sister Bliss, Maxi Jazz and Jamie Catto to form the electronic act Faithless. 'Insomnia', 'God is a DJ' and 'We Come One' followed. Faithless have released 6 studio albums and sold over 10 million records! Rollo and Sister Bliss became one of the most sought after remix teams in the world, working with the likes of U2, Björk, Robbie Williams, Suede, Donna Summer, Paul Van Dyk and Roxy Music.
Rollo founded Cheeky Records in 1996 to release Faithless and then Dido. The label was eventually sold to Sony BMG with the huge success of Dido (who Rollo produces and co-writes with). She went on to have what are now the 2nd and 4th biggest selling albums from 2000 to 2008.
These records have now sold in excess of 24 million copies.

And without further ado, I give you: Hold That Sucker Down' :-)

The OT Quartet - Hold That Sucker Down (1994)
UK#24, 1995: UK#26, 2000: UK#45

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