|Genres||House, tribal house, dance|
|Labels||Tommy Boy Records (1997-2003)|
Barry Harris |
Thunderpuss was the (mainly dance) remix/production team of Los Angeles-based music producers Barry Harris and Chris Cox. Harris had previously worked as part of several music groups including Kon Kan, Top Kat, Killer Bunnies and Outta Control and had also released several solo singles himself. Cox, a musician and DJ, had also worked for years as a DJ and producer, producing a megamix of Paula Abdul songs, among other things, and started his own record label, Interhit Records, with Jeff Johnson.
Harris and Cox originally met in New York City in 1990 while Harris was recording Syntonic, Kon Kan's second album. They became friends and remained in contact for years, with Harris eventually joining Cox at Interhit Records in Los Angeles in January 1998. They didn't start working together as a production team until September 1997. Their first project as Thunderpuss was a cover of the song "I Just Wanna Be Your Everything", with Thea Austin, formerly of Snap! performing vocals. They also produced Engelbert Humperdinck's 1998 album The Dance Album, but did not use the name Thunderpuss. They also produced original songs for various artists, including Abigail ("Let the Joy Rise" and "If It Don't Fit"), Amber ("Taste the Tears") and Soluna. During this time, they also released remix singles under the name 'Thunderpuss 2000', most notably covers of David Bowie's "Heroes" and Blue Öyster Cult's "Godzilla".
Over the course of six years (1998-2003), Thunderpuss were in demand as remixers, their first work together being a remix of Billie Myers' "Kiss the Rain" in 1998. Their breakout success was a hit re-working of "It's Not Right but It's Okay" by Whitney Houston. This was quickly followed by a remix of "Sexual (La Di Di)" by Amber, a hit in 1999. Other artists who received the remix treatment included Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera as well as Janet Jackson.
Thunderpuss themselves also put out several later singles as artists, including "Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag", a fully electronic dance cover of the Pigbag song which reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1982, "Stand Up" (with Latanza Waters) and "FMH" (under the artist name Harris & Cox).
Thunderpuss went their separate ways in July 2003. Chris Cox continues to produce, remix and DJ around the world. Barry Harris moved back to Toronto, Canada and has since formed the indie rock band, Sick Seconds.