|Your Love Is My Oxygen (original version)|
|Without You (LIVE)|
|F - - - The IRS|
|F - - - The IRS (Dance Remix)|
|"60 Seconds Over CUTTING EDGE"|
|"Your Love is My Oxygen"|
|"Venomous Love Affair"|
|"F--- the I.R.S."|
|"If the Walls Could Talk"|
SKOPE Magazine Review of "Your Love Is My Oxygen"
For the first time EVER I am doing a Review + on one song with six different versions and that's no joke! I give to you one of the most intriguing, entertaining and ECLECTIC groups I have ever come across Cutting Edge. Perfect title for the band because the style is insanely Cutting Edge where they are definitely not afraid to cross musical boundaries & genres. Cutting Edge is an American rock band that was formed by David Pesnell, William Zimmerman and the late Liza Pesnell back in 97. On the original, studio version of "Your Love Is My Oxygen" both David and William did the arrangements and played keyboards while Zimmerman also handled percussion. The song was originally written by William Zimmerman and Liza Pesnell and this cut included Ryan Smith on bass and Jeff Carolus on guitars.
Right away I'm hearing band chemistry at its finest with the vocals, drums, guitar and keys all working together in sweet harmony. The element of love comes rushing through on this number with a really cool flavor of some R&B added in. You get a pretty distinct sound that is both soulful & emotionally-driven in its approach. With lines like Till death do us part and Lifeline to my heart, reiterated throughout "Your Love Is My Oxygen" all I have to say is eat your heart out!
The ironic twist here is that there are only three tracks, the original and two remixes, but each remix has its own extended club version plus two additional mixes. Wild and crazy stuff I know! The two DJs responsible for creating the different spins on Your Love Is My Oxygen are very familiar with the dance music scene. Chris The 'Greek' Panaghi got his start in New York playing at some of the hottest nightclubs in NYC and has since produced remixes for major recording artists such as: Michael Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Jessica Simpson, Aqua, Jon Secada, Yoko Ono and Marc Anthony. The Greek had a few words to say about working on this recent project. "I was excited to have worked on remixes for the band Cutting Edge. Its great to see the buzz building nationally, especially having remixed the single "Your Love Is My Oxygen". I hope for the continued success of the band as they reach new markets." You can find out more about Chris 'The Greek' Panaghi right here: http://www.djgproductions.com.
The next DJ Ricky Ric has spent most of his life in the music industry playing for many different bands while also writing material, producing and covering sound engineering & staging as well. Here is what Ricky had to say about his working with Cutting Edge: "After several conversations with the crew at Thunder Quest Records it became obvious to me what approach was needed for an additional remix of Oxygen". "With Chris having covered the more uptempo trance/tech side, I felt we could benefit from a slower groove-based club track. I also wanted something that could easily be spun in an Mid West or West Coast club setting". "I considered going with an additional full-out dubstep mix but believed that approach would be a little harsh for a song that started as a R&B / Rock ballad". "In the end, I settled with just using a few elements of that style in the one arrangement. Ultimately, I wanted the remix to flow and breathe with the message of the original track". "I think I achieved a dream-like feel with this arrangement that well represents what can happen when you mix the elements of Love and Oxygen together". You can read more about Ricky Ric at: http://www.rickyric.com & http://www.rickyricardodance.com.
On the first remix, Chris 'The Greek' Radio Edit, you definitely get a hot cool club/dance hook where you can get your groove on all the way. Next you will hear the Ricky Ric Radio Edit which comes across as a more mystical Pop/Dance mix that is also futuristic-sounding. Right away you can tell the major differences between a Greek remix and a Ricky Ric cut. Each DJ has his own style which makes for one solid & fun listening experience. Chris Panaghi adds in one more track that comes with a fast beat to help get you in the right mood and just feel good. He's making you bounce to the Greek step and theres no holding back! The last three cuts come from Ricky Ric where you experience a sensual vibe & bubblicious sound on his Dance Mix. What follows will come across as almost erotic on the Ricky Ric X-Dub Mix. I would say its time for Cutting Edge to get their freak on with a sexual vibe all the way on this track. She says Feels so good over and over and over on the X-Rub-A-Dub-Dub version; Enough said! Ricky finishes strong with no vocal parts but I would have to say the Cutting Edge party has officially started and is blasting off! The mood is good and the music is right as Cutting Edge offers the perfect medicine!
"Your Love Is My Oxygen" is already gaining much attention & popularity by being played at tons of radio stations nationwide. The song has recently been added to Wendy's Listener Lounge and you can SKOPE that out right here: http://www.wendyslistenerlounge.com/new2/artists/i/338686
David Pesnell had some wonderful words to say about this whole experience. It is interesting to note that Cutting Edge has been approached a couple of times about utilizing the bands new song for commercials and rumors have been circulating about a food commercial that has been discussed. Visit the Wendy's site, have a burger and enjoy listening to "Your Love Is My Oxygen" by Cutting Edge. Pesnell is also proud to announce that this Review + will appear on several Clear Channel websites nationwide, including three in New York. This piece will see global exposure by being placed on a couple of Chinese & Japanese websites and will also appear in Music Dish.
Time to spread the word high & low about Cutting Edge because they are here to stay! With a deep & loyal following already in place, Cutting Edge aims to spread their music to more & more people globally. This seems like perfect timing for a group like this to make some noise in the music world. Get ready because here comes Cutting Edge as they move full-steam ahead!
You can purchase "Your Love Is My Oxygen" and all of the remixes right here:
http://101distribution.com/project/?id=11249&srh=s & http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/your-love-is-my-oxygen/id464530620 .
Here are some other informative sites where you can find out more about this original-to-the-bone & diverse band:
And if thats enough for you, for the first time EVER in a Jimmy Rae Review + I am including three MP3s right here! You will get to hear the studio version of Your Love Is My Oxygen along with the Chris 'The Greek' Panghi Radio Edit Mix & Ricky Ric Radio Edit Mix as you read along. ENJOY and tell all your friends and their friends about Cutting Edge RIGHT NOW!
By Jimmy Rae + (email@example.com)
CUTTING EDGE is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, CA and Tucson, AZ. As of 2011, they are still recording and making concert appearances.
THE BEGINNING: D.C.SHUFFLE
Cutting Edge was formed by Liza Pesnell "Leli", William Zimmerman and David Pesnell in 1997 for the sole purpose of recording a funny song about the politicians doing a dance step called the "D.C. Shuffle". Upon completion of the song and having dance re-mixes completed, the song was distributed to 500 various people in the music business and friends as Christmas presents. Unintended by the three members of Cutting Edge, the song exploded on the dance charts across the United States, college radio stations requested the song, which they were happy to supply and before anyone new, the song was a hit at college radio stations and hit several dance charts at Number 1.
THE ALBUM: HUMONGOUSLY YOURS
The success of the song, "D.C. Shuffle" caught everyone by surprise and after a couple of months of discussions, while the song was still charting, they decided to do an album to see what would happen. William Zimmerman and Liza Pesnell started writing songs for the band while David Pesnell formed a record label called Thunder Quest Records and they lined up their own publishing company called Magenta Rose Publishing. The success of the album, called "Humongously Yours" stunned everyone with the project. The first release, "Without You" soared up the R&R AC and POP charts to number 16, while songs like "It's Time", "Judas of D.C." and "Abuse of Power scored on the rock charts. The biggest surprise was a song called "Love Police" that hit number 20 in the U.S. and charted for over a year, a feat that only Cutting Edge as an indie band has every accomplished. Another success of the album was that college radio stations seemed to embrace the band's "in your face protest songs" as the band received college radio play for over a year. Cutting Edge did a limited concert tour that year.
THE ALBUM: THE BIG 14 N' MORE
The Big 14 N' More continued the success of the band and exposed them to international markets. The biggest success for the band was the song "Every Time I Try" that hit Number 1 in the international commercial radio (Europe, Asia and Australia), but also the song hit Number 6 in the U.S. commercial radio market, while the album did well at college radio. The Big 14 N' More also featured the songs "Goliath" and "D.C., Why Can't You See" carrying over the protest songs of the band, while at the same time the band broke into other veins with the ballads "Your Love Is My Oxygen", "Losing You" and "Every Time I Try". Other songs included "Venomous Love Affair", "Our Life Is Like A Motion Picture" and "Humongously Yours".
THE ALBUM: CENSORED BY THE U.S. GOVERNMENT
Censored By The U.S Government took the band in a different direction. The album was designed for the college radio market and consisted of songs that could be described as "in your face rock" with the band going towards a harder edge to their music. While songs like "F - - - The IRS", "Puppet of The Beast" and "She Wore Red" gave a fun paced rock sound with heavy guitar emphasis, the album also had a ballad called "Will Work For Food", a ballad about the hunger problem in the United States. Another interest aspect of the album is that they included a dance remix of the song "F - - - The IRS" by remixer, Ricky Ric. The album did well at college radio stations.
THE ALBUM: CUTTING EDGE RELEASED,ALIVE!
Cutting Edge Released,Alive! is a new album of live recordings from Cutting Edge concert dates and is being released to college radio stations in the fall of 2011 and the band is also releasing new material to commercial radio stations at the same time. The album consist of songs "Love Police", "It's Time", "Judas of D.C.", "If The Walls Could Talk", "Our Life Is Like A Motion Picture", "Without You" and others. Cutting Edge has also released some of these songs on videos with some doing extremely well. In mid January, the band put new songs on their myspace site and averaged over 9,000 hits a day. The band's fan base is consistent and strong.
Cutting Edge has received several awards over the past ten years including having "Every Time I Try" being nominated for Song of the Year. The IRBI named "Without You" song of the year and Zimmerman and Liza Pesnell were IRBI songwriters of the year in 1999. "Love Police" was nominated for Song of the Year in 2001 with it's dance remix nominated as The Best Dance Remix of 2001.
CONFUSION OVER CUTTING EDGE:
One of the major problems fans of Cutting Edge have faced is at one time there were two or more bands and/or individuals calling their band or themselves Cutting Edge. The only albums at this time that this Cutting Edge has recorded are listed above and should not be confused with any other Cutting Edge band. The band of this particular article features David Pesnell, William Zimmerman and Liza Pesnell. If your looking for the Cutting Edge that has recorded the above listed albums and songs, make sure you are buying the right music from the right Cutting Edge. Several retail sites have confused some of the albums and songs of Cutting Edge with other bands and individuals that call themselves Cutting Edge. Whether you are a fan of the Cutting Edge of this article or another Cutting Edge, take a minute and make sure you are buying the right music from the band you support.
More info can be found on Cutting Edge at the following websites: