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The Peech Boys were an actual band (members: Bernard Fowler, Robert Kasper, Steven Brown, Darryl Short and Michael de Benedictus), but are remembered as the vehicle through which Larry Levan translated his turntable magic to the studio.  From his base at the Paradise Garage, Levan spent over a year testing a minimal tune entitled "Don't Make Me Wait."  In contrast to most dance singles, Levan decided to do a remix that structured the song along the lines of dub reggae, dropping the vocals and emphasizing the bass. The results captivated the dancefloor whenever it was played, but being a perfectionist, Levan wouldn't allow the record to be released until he was completely satisfied, as he spent thousands of dollars in studio time mixing the track.

By the time the "Wait" was commercially released, much of its momentum had been squandered, leaving West End with a poorly charting record just at the moment when it needed a big hit.  However, the song was popular enough to attract the attention of the Beach Boys, who complained that the group's name was too similiar to their own.  To ward off legal action, the prefix NYC was added to their name.

Island Records released their sole LP in 1983, under an arrangement with West End.  The album spawned two more singles in "Life Is Something Special" and "On A Journey," which both charted better than "Wait."  Regardless, their legacy is "Don't Make Me Wait," a record that expanded the possibilities for dance music and remains one of the most influential songs of the 80s.

NYC Peech Boys' Deepest Grooves

"Don't Make Me Wait" (West End, 1982)

Life Is Something Special (Island, 1983)

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