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Although he produced only a handful of tracks of renown, Manny (Man) Parrish is nonetheless one of the most important and influential figures in American electronic dance music. Helping to lay the foundation of electro, hip-hop, freestyle, and techno, as well as the dozens of subgenres to splinter off from those, Parrish introduced the aesthetic of European electronic pop to the American club scene by combining the plugged-in disco-funk of Giorgio Moroder and the man-machine music of Kraftwerk with the beefed-up rhythms and cut’n’mix approach of nascent hip-hop.

As a result, tracks like “Hip-Hop Be Bop (Don’t Stop)” and “Boogie Down Bronx” were period-defining works that provided the basic genetic material for everyone from Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys to Autechre and Andrea Parker — and they remain undisputed classics of early hip-hop and electro to this day. A native New Yorker, Parrish was a member of the extended family of glam-chasers and freakazoids that converged nightly with Andy Warhol at the famed mega-disco Studio 54 club. His nickname, Man, first appeared in Warhol’s Interview magazine, and his early live shows at Bronx hip-hop clubs were spectacles of lights, glitter, and pyrotechnics that drew as much from the Warhol mystique as from the Cold Crush Brothers.



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  • Y4S3

    BEST !

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • emiliano_barrom

    The Man.

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Kexet1

    You wanna dance?! Haha in my head I totally see those two bustin' their moves :D

    5 Feb 2012 Reply
  • cjsnow1

    You wanna dance?! [2] It's four in the fucking Morning! [2] It's Saturday! No it's not! It's fucking sunday! And I've got to go to fucking work in four fucking hours because every other fucker in my fucking department is fucking ill! Now can you see why I'm so fucking irritated?! Fuck yeah!

    25 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Helmut21

    U wanna dance?!

    17 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Fuzzytek

    Nice writeup in Wikipedia for the bio.

    9 May 2011 Reply
  • jarizappa

    I bought the Man Parrish album back in '82, got in an import album store (in Sweden). It has the Hip hop Be bop cover but it's only called "Man Parrish". I guess "Hip hop Be bop" was added to the re-releases. I bought just because the track listing was cool. I had no idea how it would sound. The European influences are clear but most tracks has a funky groove that Italo-disco etc lacks.

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • stanislavwski

    @ CobraFANGZ , you are listening to Lady gaga and says Man Parrish is not Hip Hop. how pathetic is that. Man parrish is hip hop. boogie Down bronx is a great rap track and rap is hip hop, just like Electro-Funk...hip hop be bop. get your music rite mark.

    16 Nov 2010 Reply
  • GoreLover

    Boogie Down (Bronx) = one of the best Electro tracks ever.

    1 Aug 2010 Reply
  • superpinkplant

    if only every electronic artist who came after him were half as good...

    18 Mar 2010 Reply
  • elektrikkingdom

    This is cool sound of the Hip Hop music at the 80's. And it was the best time ever! This great music lives for ever!

    21 Jan 2010 Reply
  • MrCzubaJ

    sum tight shit, yall

    5 Jan 2010 Reply
  • hunthunthunt

    "I heard that he's playing in a Gay-bar recently. Waste of mad talent." WTF! Where do you think shit like this comes from?

    22 Dec 2009 Reply
  • cm2dude

    This, and Blue Monday, along with a healthy dose of Kraftwerk got me into making Electronic music.

    17 Sep 2009 Reply
  • EazyDuzit

    @ swanaldo It's Hip Hop's E-FUNK and E-Funk is a Genre of RAP music and RAP music belongs to "HIP HOP" foo !

    1 Sep 2009 Reply
  • EazyDuzit

    HIP HOP ..BE BOP bop wikipedierd diz shizzlzzz

    1 Sep 2009 Reply
  • oliverjacko

    yo yoyoyoyooyoooooooooooooooyyyyyyyyyyoooooooooooo

    21 Jul 2009 Reply
  • danieljackson7

    only know two songs

    23 May 2009 Reply
  • theoryjean

    wtf? i dont know why it says this guy is similar to Zapp & Roger.

    10 Feb 2009 Reply
  • logbut

    If you like him you may dig these guys, Vinyl Life. Man Parrish is a huge influence on them. They are a sick electronica/hip-hop group from NYC. check them out here:

    4 Feb 2009 Reply
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