Maestro Fresh-Wes

cdIn 1989, when I was in grade nine, Let Your Backbone Slide broke. It was everywhere, and I loved it. I picked up the 12" single because it contained the Power Mix, the Acapella Version, and the Club Mix .

Let Your Backbone Slide

The video was shot in Toronto, naturally, and MuchMusic played it constantly.

The follow-up single, Drop the Needle, was almost as good. Here's my 12" single, preserved 22 years later.

Drop The Needle

He no longer goes by the name Maestro Fresh-Wes, preferring the moniker Maestro, but he'll always be Maestro Fresh-Wes to me.

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Still have this on cassette. :)

I still get a kick out of seeing people recite the entire song, front-to-back at 80's themed parties.

And then I get a little sad that '89 was 22 years ago.

August 30, 2011 @ 11:17 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I can recite Let Your Backbone Slide front to back...

August 30, 2011 @ 11:20 AM


Shite music.

August 30, 2011 @ 3:05 PM

Ryan G

I learned to dj (on vinyl) with this, along with similar songs like "it takes two" and other rob base type stuff.

Never liked the music very much but the 12" extended versions featured long drum based intros and were great for learning the basics of beatmixing.

August 30, 2011 @ 3:54 PM


Gotta love that Cdn content rule, eh?

August 30, 2011 @ 9:03 PM

Mike from Lowville

In 1989 Argie was listening to "Shall we gather at the river" sung by none other than the gay bashing queen herself, Anita Bryant.

August 31, 2011 @ 7:08 AM

Mike in Burlington

now he goes by the name "Wes Williams", works lots as an actor and very highly thought of by all accounts.

August 31, 2011 @ 3:31 PM

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