Some of the biggest artists in the world have the Thunderpuss name in their credits.Cher, Madonna, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Shakira, Anastascia and Amber are just a few so far in the duo’s recording history.
The hitmaking remix/production team of Thunderpuss, aka Chris Cox and Barry Harris, first met back in 1990 in a New York City studio through then Atlantic A&R man Marc Nathan. Harris, a native of Toronto and the creator of Kon Kan, was writing and producing a second album for Atlantic. Cox was working as a producer for cult DJ remix service Hot Tracks. The two hit it off and stayed in touch over the next five years while working on a variety of musical endeavors. Cox was brought to Los Angeles during the early 1990’s by Academy Award-winning record producer Giorgio Moroder (Flashdance, Top Gun, etc.) to work with him as his protegé. By 1995, Cox had also co-founded a dance-oriented record label called Interhit Records.
In 1998 Harris moved to LA and, with Cox, they formed Thunderpuss. They both lent their production skills to Interhit’s 1998 Grammy Award-winner for “Best Dance Recording” — “Carry On” by Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder. Their skills eventually led them to an opportunity later that year to rework Billie Myers’ “Kiss The Rain” for Universal Records, which also reunited them with Nathan. The song was one of the biggest radio dance singles of 1998.
The international underground success of “Kiss The Rain” attracted the attention of Arista Records’ VP of A&R Hosh Gureli, who at the time was looking for new remixers for the new Whitney Houston album. The move catapulted Thunderpuss’ career as their remix of Whitney’s “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay,” attracted the attention of everyone in the club community and subsequently crossed over and became an international hit. The Gold-certified song spent three weeks atop the Billboard Club Play chart in 1999, went Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, was in regular rotation Summer 1999 at both MTV and VH1 in a special remix version of the video, and was even incorporated into the European part of her 1999 World Tour.
Thunderpuss have already scored an astounding 23 #1 Billboard hits since their inception.
There have been two #4 hits thus far in 2002 with remixes for Cher’s “Song For The Lonely” Mary J. Blige’s “No More Drama”, Enrique Iglesias’ “Escape” and Inaya Day’s “Can’t Stop Dancin”.
There were five #1 hits in 2001 remixes of “Don’t Tell Me” for Madonna, Tamia’s “Stranger In My House,” a new production of “Papa’s Got A Brand New Pig Bag” by Thunderpuss, a remix of Janet Jackson’s “All For You” (which was #1 for 3 weeks!) and for Enrique Iglesias of “Hero.”
There have been eight #1 hits in 2000 with their remixes of “Think it Over” for Jennifer Holliday, “Be With You” for Enrique Iglesias, a production for Abigail of “It Don’t Fit,” “I Will Love Again,” for Lara Fabian, “Feelin’ So Good” for Jennifer Lopez, “Desire” for Ultra Naté, “Lovin’ Is Really My Game” for Ann Nesby, and a production for Jocelyn Enriquez of “When I Get Close To You.”
Their six #1 hit remixes in 1999 were Whitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay,” Amber’s “Sexual (Li Da Di),” Whitney’s “My Love is Your Love,” Donna Summer’s “Love Is The Healer,” Pet Shop Boys’ “New York City Boy” and “17 Again” for the Eurythmics. “Sexual (Li Da Di)” also spent an amazing 17 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
Harris and Cox stay in touch with their roots as DJ’s by touring the country and spinning at some of the biggest clubs and parties in the nation, including New York’s (now defunct) Twilo, NYC’s Roxy, San Francisco’s Universe, Washington DC’s Velvet Nation, and Sydney, Australia’s internationally reknown “Sleazeball” (among many others).