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Wednesday, Mar 18 2015 | 06:32
Image: 1596099 reissue at lower price! “The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight” has a long and storied history among connoisseurs of ‘80s New
York dance music. Combining catchy, deadpan synth-pop and classic ‘80s electro hallmarks with
the provocative edge of leather-and-lace sex culture, it remains a worldwide dancefloor staple to
this day.
Despite its popularity, little has been known about the song’s background. The brainchild of
producer Stuart Argabright (nee Arbright, a member of the groups Ike Yard and Death Comet
Crew), alongside DJ and remixer Ivan Ivan, Kenneth Lockie (from Cowboys International, and early
Death Comet Crew), and vocalist Claudia Summers, the song’s dominating female subject was
based on a person whom Arbright had dated. The song – and a banned-by-MTV video that today
could be mistaken for a Victoria’s Secret commercial – became a club smash at famed Danceteria
and other urban meccas. But, despite some leather-clad live dates in 1984, the group itself was
short-lived.
This special Get On Down vinyl edition is sure to be coveted by fans and collectors. This
configuration has never been available before: beyond four original mixes of the song (12”, Chants,
Dominant and Beat Me) that fans know and love – this full-length LP includes the newly unearthed
song “Play It Safe” and the rarely heard, hypnotic “City That Never Sleeps,” in addition to the rare
1984 “Scratch Mix” of the original title song, with cuts by the legendary DJ Red Alert.
The deluxe vinyl package is accompanied by a 16-page glossy booklet with text by writer
Dave Tompkins and input from Argabright and Ivan Ivan. Additionally, fans will be thrilled into
submission by visuals and press clips relating to the original release on Arthur Baker’s Street Wise
Records, the song’s provocative video, as well as the dominatrix culture in New York City at the
time which inspired this unlikely smash hit.

SIDE A
1. The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight (12” Mix)
2. The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight (Chants)
3. The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight (Dominant Mix)
4. The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight (Beat Me Mix)
SIDE B
1. Play It Safe
2. City That Never Sleeps
3. The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight (Scratch Mix) Available from 03.03.2017
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