Various Artists

Dance Tip: A Decade of Dance

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Despite its Apple IIc-level cover art and bargain basement packaging, Dance Tip: A Decade of Dance is a serviceable run through many of the club/dance, and lighter house hits that defined the dancefloors and rocked the glowsticks in the early to mid-1990s. Disc One standouts include Robin S.'s big, boisterous "Show Me Love" from 1994, The Blueboy's "Remember Me," and Robert Miles' austere "Children." The second disc kicks off with the Shamen's fabulous techno-pop smash "Ebeneezer Goode," and goes on to include everything from populist sporting event rally tuneage (House of Pain's "Jump Around") to delightfully bizarre acid house novelties (S'Express' "Theme from S'Express"). In between are Hi-NRG classics from Snap ("I'm serious as cancer when I say "Rhythm is a Dancer") and Atlantic Ocean. While there are weak soldiers all over Dance Tip's poop deck dancefloor, Disc Three seems to be the least seaworthy, mostly because it contains some of the most overblown/overplayed material. Haddaway's "What Is Love?" has been immortalized as the neck-knocking theme song to Night at the Roxbury, while the sins of Los del Rio's "Macarena" are too numerous to name. Luckily, there are a few bright spots here, too, most notably Rozalla's uplifting 1992 rave anthem "Everybody's Free," and Shaggy's growling Prince Buster update "Oh Carolina." Dance Tip will definitely require some pinpoint editing with your CD player's advance button, unless you'd like to reminisce about the good times you had to the brain-numbing jabber of Scatman John's "Scatman." But as budget-line dance compilations go, this set isn't too bad.

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