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Paul Oakenfold

Paul Oakenfold is the DJ, remixer, and producer who did more than anyone else to break house music in Britain during the late '80s. During 1987-1988, Oakenfold hosted a series of crucial club nights that introduced thousands of Brits to house music. Just a few years later, he helped push the new dance crossover into the charts by masterminding hit productions by Happy Mondays (among others) and forming one of the most successful dance labels of the 1990s, Perfecto Records. Even well over a decade after his emergence, Oakenfold remained, quite simply, dance music's most popular DJ.

Born in London in 1963, Oakenfold began mixing at the age of 16, and hooked up with friend Trevor Fung to play soul and rare groove at a basement bar in Covent Garden. He also spent some time in New York during the late '70s, working for Arista Records and soaking up the disco scene through Larry Levan's genre-spanning sets at the Paradise Garage. Back in England by the early '80s, Oakenfold worked as a club promoter and British agent for the Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C. He continued DJing as well, and eventually ended up at the Project, one of the first venues for house music in England, in 1985-1986. With Fung and another friend named Ian St. Paul, Oakenfold was introduced to the exploding club scene on the vacation island of Ibiza (near the coast of Spain) during 1987 and imported the crucial mix of house, soul, Italian disco, and alternative music later dubbed the Balearic style.

During 1988-1989, house music and the Balearic style gestated at several Oakenfold-run club nights (Future at the Sound Shaft, then Spectrum and Land of Oz at Heaven) before emerging above terra firma as a distinctly British entity. Oakenfold and Steve Osborne had been working with new dance converts Happy Mondays, and their production for the 1989 Happy Mondays single "(W.F.L.) Wrote for Luck" was voted Dance Record of the Year by NME. The duo's production for the Happy Mondays' breakout full-length, Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches, placed them squarely in the vaunted territory of other new dance producers like Andrew Weatherall (who achieved similar success with Primal Scream's Screamadelica from the same year). Soon, major labels were lining up to have Oakenfold and Osborne remix their biggest pop stars, including U2, Simply Red, New Order, the Cure, Massive Attack, M People, Arrested Development, the Shamen, the Stone Roses, and even Snoop Doggy Dogg (some as Perfecto, the combination remix service and RCA-connected record label founded by the pair in 1990). The Oakenfold/Osborne team were nominated by BPI as Best Producers from 1990 to 1993.

By the mid-'90s, dance music had reached the mainstream of British radio and culture, with Oakenfold at the front of a new wave of globetrotting DJs; he toured with U2 and supported live gigs by INXS, the Orb, Simply Red, Boy George, and Primal Scream. On Britain's ever-growing club circuit, he inaugurated the London superclub Ministry of Sound early in the 1990s and became a resident at Britain's other superclub, Liverpool's Cream, instead of taking big money for independent gigs. He also cut down his remix schedule to less than five per year, concentrating instead on the release of a half-dozen mix albums, including several volumes in the Journeys by DJ series. Oakenfold left Cream in 1999, after which Virgin commemorated the occasion with the release of Resident: Two Years of Oakenfold at Cream. Perfecto Presents Another World arrived the following year.

A monumental U.S. tour and the fresh Voyage into Trance appeared in early 2000, as did Swordfish: The Album, a soundtrack Oakenfold constructed for the sci-fi film of the same name. In 2002, Bunkka became his first album of new productions. Mix albums like Creamfields (2004) and Perfecto Presents...The Club (2005) appeared before his second production effort, A Lively Mind, landed in 2006. Perfecto: Vegas would arrive in 2009, the same year Oakenfold produced the new title cut to Madonna’s hit collection Celebration. In 2011, it was announced he was working on a new album, Pop Killer, with guest artists Cee Lo Green and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A Lively Mind

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Track List: Bunkka

1. Ready Steady Go

2. Southern Sun (feat. Carla Werner)

3. Time Of Your Life (feat. Perry Farrell)

4. Hypnotised (feat. Tiff Lacey)

5. Zoo York

6. Nixon's Spirit (feat. Hunter S. Thompson)

7. Hold Your Hand (feat. Emiliana Torrini)

8. Starry Eyed Surprise

9. Get Em Up (feat. Ice Cube)

10. Motion (feat. Grant Lee Phillips)

11. The Harder They Come (feat. Nelly Furtado & Tricky)

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Track List: Barber's Adagio For Strings

1. Barber's Adagio For Strings (Radio Edit)

2. Barber's Adagio For Strings (Instrumental Radio Edit)

3. Barber's Adagio For Strings (2Symmetry Radio Edit)

4. Barber's Adagio For Strings (Steve Haines & CBM Radio Edit)

5. Barber's Adagio For Strings (Refracture Radio Edit)

6. Barber's Adagio For Strings (Johnny Yono Radio Edit)

7. Blue Bottle (Radio Edit)

8. Barber's Adagio For Strings (Club Mix)

9. Barber's Adagio For Strings (Instrumental Mix)

10. Barber's Adagio For Strings (2Symmetry Remix)

11. Barber's Adagio For Strings (Steve Haines & CBM Remix)

12. Barber's Adagio For Strings (Refracture Remix)

13. Barber's Adagio For Strings (Johnny Yono Remix)

14. Blue Bottle

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Track List: Cafe Del Mar

1. Cafe Del Mar (Radio Edit)

2. Cafe Del Mar (Activa Radio Edit)

3. Cafe Del Mar (Angry Man Radio Edit)

4. Cafe Del Mar (Peetu S Radio Edit)

5. Cafe Del Mar

6. Cafe Del Mar (Activa Remix)

7. Cafe Del Mar (Angry Man Remix)

8. Cafe Del Mar (Peetu S Remix)

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Track List: Come Together

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Track List: DJ Box - April 2011

1. Cut And Run (Dub Mix)

2. Instant Summer (Original Mix)

3. The Spark (Ritmo Remix)

4. Without (Kenneth Thomas Dub Mix)

5. Fallen Angel's Symphony (Paul Oakenfold Remix)

6. Back In The Day (Paul Trainer Remix)

7. Crypoint (Stoneface & Terminal Remix)

8. Spell (Original Mix)

9. Drive (Original Mix)

10. Tokyo (Original Mix Edit)

11. Firefly (Nat Monday Remix)

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Track List: Full Moon Party (Single)

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Track List: Glow In The Dark (Single)

1. Glow In The Dark

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Track List: Hypnotized (Markus Schulz Remix) (Single)

1. Hypnotized (Markus Schulz Radio Edit)

2. Hypnotized (Markus Schulz Remix)

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Track List: I'm Alive

1. I'm Alive

2. I'm Alive (Sonic Element Remix)

3. I'm Alive (Line Of Sight Remix)

4. I'm Alive (Magnus Dub Mix)

5. I'm Alive (Sonic Element Dub Mix)

6. I'm Alive (System Nipel Remix)

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Track List: Lonely Ones (Remixes) (Single)

1. Lonely Ones (Feat. Tawiah) (Piotr & Zhan Radio Edit)

2. Lonely Ones (Feat. Tawiah) (Paul Oakenfold Future House Radio Edit)

3. Lonely Ones (Feat. Tawiah) (Daniel Davoli Ibiza Edit)

4. Lonely Ones (Feat. Tawiah) (Radio Edit)

5. Lonely Ones (Feat. Tawiah) (Piotr & Zhan Remix)

6. Lonely Ones (Feat. Tawiah) (Paul Oakenfold Future House Remix)

7. Lonely Ones (Feat. Tawiah) (Daniel Davoli Ibiza Remix)

8. Lonely Ones (Feat. Tawiah)

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Track List: Madagascar

1. Madagascar (Radio Edit)

2. Madagascar (Yahel Radio Edit)

3. Madagascar (Harmonic Rush Radio Edit)

4. Madagascar (Mac & Monday Radio Edit)

5. Madagascar

6. Madagascar (Yahel Remix)

7. Madagascar (Harmonic Rush Remix)

8. Madagascar (Mac & Monday Remix)

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Track List: Ready Steady Go!

1. Ready Steady Go! (Beatman & Ludmilla Radio Edit)

2. Ready Steady Go! (Plump DJs 303Bass Radio Edit)

3. Ready Steady Go! (Justin Oh Radio Edit)

4. Ready Steady Go! (Corderoy Radio Edit)

5. Ready Steady Go! (John Dopping Radio Edit)

6. Ready Steady Go! (Shane Halcon Vs Somna Radio Edit)

7. Ready Steady Go! (Beatman & Ludmilla Remix)

8. Ready Steady Go! (Plump DJs 303Bass Mix)

9. Ready Steady Go! (Justin Oh Remix)

10. Ready Steady Go! (Corderoy Remix)

11. Ready Steady Go! (John Dopping Inversion)

12. Ready Steady Go! (Shane Halcon Vs Somna Remix)

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Track List: Southern Sun (Remixes)

1. Southern Sun (Thomas Datt Remix)

2. Southern Sun (Angry Man Remix)

3. Southern Sun (Orkidea Remix)

4. Southern Sun (Paul Webster Remix)

5. Southern Sun (Thomas Datt Radio Edit)

6. Southern Sun (Angry Man Radio Edit)

7. Southern Sun (Orkidea Radio Edit)

8. Southern Sun (Paul Webster Radio Edit)

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Track List: Southern Sun (Remixes) EP

1. Southern Sun (Moe Aly Remix)

2. Southern Sun (Cold Blue's Dark Remix)

3. Southern Sun (Cold Blue's Dark Dub Mix)

4. Southern Sun (Paul Thomas Remix)

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Track List: Surrender (Single)

1. Surrender

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Track List: Toca Me

1. Toca Me (Radio Edit)

2. Toca Me (Eshericks Radio Edit)

3. Toca Me (East Freaks Radio Edit)

4. Toca Me (Benjani Radio Edit)

5. Toca Me (Club Mix)

6. Toca Me (Eshericks Remix)

7. Toca Me (East Freaks Remix)

8. Toca Me (Benjani Remix)

9. Blow Fish

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Track List: Tokyo

2. Tokyo

3. Tokyo (Beatman And Ludmilla Remix)

5. Tokyo (Robert Vadney Remix)

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Saw him when he played my club in Cleveland in 99 and again 01 and 02. Dude made me a shitton of cash and was a cool a** Chelsea fan just happens he was the 1st DJ with his own G6 cant diss that unless u have yout own G6
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Thick discography. . . I don't see Transport. My fav by oakenfold. Saw him at homelands in edinburough with Sasha, the chemical brothers and many more.
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works
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Yeeeeeeeee ha ha
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YES.
***I am INSIDE...YOU R HEAD & HEART--MY DEAREST MICHAEL***
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Hells yeah! Reminds me of the warehouse daze or in the middle of nowhere. Lucy and Molly along with their special friend K always showed us we are all one. We need to embrace each other..too bad it takes chemicals. Live by the Golden Rule.
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Sounds like soundtrack to Requiem for a Dream.
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fredericklud i w a y
Now, we are getting serious, down to business, excellent track. 4UPower Me Up!! Fred
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this was the track to the amazing chase scene in Bourne Identity
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jvidaca152
MINECRAFT
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Sometimes I'm surprised as hell how Paul has rock my s**t for the last 10 years now.. and he still does!! ... ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!! ! P.S. U need to come back to Phx and do a couple shows..
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hey paul LOVE ur music.. im a new artist looking for feedback and label help??? INLOVE w ur music pat e
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This guy is old.
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Poe know trance.
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That trance...
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He is a living legend. I love this man.
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puremustard
Paul Overated
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The best trance artist of all time!!
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Nothing changed
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hampton7706
One Republic. You have taught me that,, regardless of feelings and respect to individuals. . WE ARE ONE! AMEN!
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hampton7706
I personally can't stand this s**t music.. but, love that you will listen.
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@jmmt1977 being a genius artist and being a self-absorbe d douche are not mutually exclusive. In fact they go together surprisingly often.
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F*rt
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Fookin legend he is
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All what you say in His Music, Dance Party
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Faster P**sy Cat, I have always loved this song. To Paul and all involved... Well Done<><
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I saw Paul Oakenfold for the first time at Harry O's in Park City back in 2004. I met him after the show, and I thought he was a self-absorbe d douche. Not very friendly at all.
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Ready Set Go is my jam!
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Pioneer extraordinai r e .
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I will always remember when I hear Oakenfold's music that some of my best memories in my 20's were spent listening and dancing to his music!!!!
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Always enjoy his music! Takes me away...
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Oakenfold rules the great wall will always be one of my faves..
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2001ags
Again, Reqium for a dream is... Copied in tune with different instruments. . . For real? And you use the all too well known 'zoo York' for it... That's just low... I mean, listen to real music, for all I care that idiot Justin Beiber. But I choose Es posthumous and TSFH.
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your the man oaky!!!!!!!! ! !
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Oh my god saw Requiem for a dream movie for first time and loved the odd music, wondered who did it. (the ending was disturbing but music sure fit) Oakenfold was good back then
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You sound like s**t rblxcave
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Sounds like s**t
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Oakenfold is the granddaddy to this s**t....say it aint sooooo
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poop
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dustyny
There are a lot of inaccuracies in his back story. House music came to England via acid in the Mid-80's, well before he went there. He also couldn't have been mixing & DJing at 16 (1979), the DJ mixer didn't become commonly available until the early 80's
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nick_cris02
I lovvvveeee Oakenfold!!! ur my escape
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makes me want to street race, if i could, or go fast
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a little bit of Lux Aeterna in their
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Okenfold I meant my bad
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Those guys who were drunk really need to watch their language!!!! ! BUT I could admit pencils can tear it up!!!
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I have been listening to Oakenfold for over a decade. F--k the haters. Oakenfold always tears it up
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Dont care wut ne1 sayz played out or not im drunk s**t hitz F**K U!!!
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This guy is so damn good!!!!!!
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#1
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the best
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