UK dance duo Bimbo Jones’ remixography reads like an encyclopedia of noughties pop. Since the producers — Lee Dagger and Marc JB — started making a name for themselves as purveyors of balls-out dancefloor fillers, they’ve remixed hits by top-shelf pop acts like Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga.
They’ve also worked their magic on a lot of dodgy pop: much respect to them for putting their name to a remix of Transylvanian novelty act Cheeky Girls’ 2004 ‘classic’ (Hooray! Hooray!) It’s A Cheeky Holiday.
“Over the years — especially the early years — we did do a few cheesier acts,” Dagger admitted to Sydney Star Observer.
“The Cheeky Girls remix originally went out as a white label 12” vinyl titled Hooray — Bimbo Jones. No one knew what it was and all the DJs charted it at number 1. I had Hed Kandi and other DJs coming up to me in Ibiza saying how much they loved it. The following week the act was announced and it dropped to about number 14.”
Dagger acknowledged that Bimbo Jones’ love of pop had garnered them a big gay fan base, and said that’s why the duo decided to travel to Australia to play at this year’s Mardi Gras closing party.
“I have always wanted to come and spin at Mardi Gras. I guess more and more people are hearing my DJ sets and remixes. And it’s only natural we’d have gay listeners when we’re remixing people like Britney and Lady Gaga!”
The duo will be joined in Australia by the newest member of Bimbo Jones, vocalist Katherine Ellis. Ellis has previously featured on tracks by artists like Roger Sanchez and the Freemasons — did Dagger and Marc nab her full-time so no-one else could use her?
“Katherine is great! We’ve made some awesome tracks together,” Dagger enthused.
“Of late, she has written a few tracks with other teams including Soulshaker, Solitaire and the Freemasons but of course we are very proud to have her. She is a very talented duchess, don’t you know.”
So now for the big question: will Jones’ Mardi Gras set embrace their cheesier moments? Can revellers expect some vintage S Club or Hilary Duff mixed in with their classier takes on tunes by The Killers and Little Boots?
“When I’m at cooler clubs I play my harder set with a few vocals and bootlegs thrown in to keep folk on their toes, and if it’s a more commercial crowd or venue then I will play more of our remixes,” Dagger said.
“I always read the crowd. It’s their party, not mine.”
Punters, ready your ‘We want Cheeky Girls’ placards…
info: Bimbo Jones — Harlem 1 Stop is out now through Stomp.